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EPIC 171: Internship Foundations Course

Get the most out of your internship experience.

The EPIC Internship Foundations course is a required pre-departure course for students participating in Earlham-funded summer internships. Students who are planning (or even hoping) to do a funded internship over the summer should plan to enroll in a section of the EPIC Internship Foundations 7-week course during the spring semester prior to their internship. You do not have to have an internship secured in order to enroll in this class. Your application for internship funding will be completed and submitted as a part of this course.

This course will help you to:

  • Align your internship preparation with your career planning, 
  • Identify goals for your internship experience, 
  • Assess your internship budget needs,
  • Learn and apply risk management best practices as you conduct case and site studies, 
  • Reflect on the cultures of the city, country, and organization you will be working in, in light of your own worldviews,
  • Critically reflect on the concept of professionalism and how it is viewed in your organization and area, and
  • Successfully navigate and submit the EPIC experience funding application.

If you are planning, or even just hoping, to participate in a funded internship during the summer, you should plan to enroll in this course during the spring semester prior to your internship. To help you find a way to fit this course into your schedule, we offer four sections of this course: two are offered during the first seven weeks of spring semester, and two are offered during the second seven weeks. 

If you are planning to intern outside the U.S. in a country that is not your home country (i.e., you do not hold a passport from that country), you must take the EPIC Internship Foundations course during the first seven weeks of the spring semester, because your final funding application will be due in early March.

If you are doing an internship in your home country, you may take the course during either the first or second seven weeks of spring semester, as your final funding application will be due in early April.

Sections Available

First 7 Weeks

  • EPIC 171-1 (25471) Mondays, 7-8:20pm: January 20, 2020 - March 2, 2020
  • EPIC 171-2 (25472) Wednesdays, 2:30-3:50pm: January 22, 2020 - March 4, 2020

Second 7 Weeks

  • EPIC 171-3 (25473) Mondays, 7-8:20pm: March 9, 2020 - April 27, 2020
  • EPIC 171-4 (25474) Wednesdays, 2:30-3:50pm: March 11, 2020 - April 29, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

When is this course offered?

This seven-week course is offered every spring semester, with two sections offered in each half of the semester. Students who are planning to intern in a country outside the U.S. that is not their home country must take the course during the first seven weeks, to allow time for visa and/or passport considerations. 

What if I am not on campus during the spring semester?

An online option will be available for students that are on approved off-campus programs during the spring semester.  To register for this option students should contact Anastasia Mihailov-Flannery at amihai13@earlham.edu.


Who is required to take this course?

All students seeking EPIC Advantage or other EPIC Center funding for internships (e.g., Freeman, Richmond Residency, Center for Global Health) are required to take this course during the spring semester immediately preceding their summer internship.


What if I am already at my credit limit for the semester?

All students have the option to take this course for either zero or one credit, so you may choose the zero credit option.


What if I don't have an internship secured yet? Should I still enroll? 

Yes! If you are planning to do a summer internship and think you will need funding, we strongly encourage you to enroll in this course. If you are unable to secure an internship or later realize you do not need funding from Earlham for your internship, you are able to drop the course without penalty based on the following guidelines: 1) students in the first 7 weeks section can drop the course anytime before the final class 2) students in the second 7 weeks section can drop the course before the spring semester drop deadline.


What is the latest I can enroll in the course?

We encourage you to register early and you must be enrolled by the first day of class for your specific section.  If you need to register for the second 7 weeks sections after the January deadline for adding courses you must notify Anastasia Mihailov-Flannery at amihai13@earlham.edu.  Remember, if you are doing an internship in the U.S. or your home country, you have the option of taking this course during either the first or second seven weeks of the spring semester. 


Can I still get credit for my internship? 

Yes! You will be able to choose whether you would like to 1) enroll in EPIC 481, or 2) receive credit through your academic major department. 


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