SJC Brooklyn Internships and Service Learning
Experiential learning provides college students with the skills and information necessary to succeed in their future careers. Because of this, many of St. Joseph’s College’s programs offer and/or require student participation in internships and service-learning experiences. These opportunities also allow our students the ability to truly immerse themselves in the meaning of St. Joseph’s five pillars: integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and integrity.
At SJC Brooklyn, experiential learning is offered two ways: curricular or co-curricular. Curricular refers to a credit-bearing course with a service-learning or applied-learning requirement. Co-curricular refers to non-credit-bearing involvement.
Through internships, students have the opportunity to apply what they learn in the class in an actual work environment.
Students have interned at a variety of organizations, such as:
- Bellevue Hospital
- Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
- Lord Cultural Resources
- Turnstile Tours
- Office of Food and Nutrition Services
- Court 16
Christopher Malcaus ’18
Hospitality and Tourism Management Major
Interned at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
"This internship gave me a unique opportunity; I helped patients and their families make their stays more pleasant and I gained valuable experience. I learned how a major health care facility operated, and I had the chance to work with hospital leadership."
At SJC Brooklyn, students’ participation in service learning links their collegiate studies to community service, giving students the opportunity to reflect, communicate and grow. Through service learning, students explore the ways in which they identify with all five pillars of St. Joseph’s College.
Past service-learning trips include:
- Global trips to places in need, such as Romania and Nicaragua
- Visiting the congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brentwood
- Working with local social service agencies
Nicholas Gangone ’21
Participated in Alternative Spring Break
"Many friends and family members have asked me the reasoning behind me giving up my spring break. My answer to them was always the same: ‘I didn’t give up my spring break; I donated it to the heartbroken residents of Texas.’ Sharing hope with one another is the most important power we have."
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between experiential and applied learning?
Experiential learning is the overarching area that includes options such as applied learning. Applied learning is a form of experiential learning, but specifically relates to students applying what they have learned in a classroom setting to an appropriate real-world environment. Courses such as internships and student teaching are included in this specific area.
What departments require experiential and applied learning?
Most of the academic departments at SJC require some form of experiential learning. This can be accomplished through courses that apply to either the experiential learning curricular or service-learning areas, or applied learning, which include internships.
Who determines the amount of time spent at an internship?
Academic internships are approved courses that reside in their respective departments. Departments will determine minimum hours of engagement, which are based on New York state education requirements, external accrediting agencies and best practices. Many disciplines have very specific guidelines and requirements.
Who creates the schedule for an internship?
Internship schedules are determined by the faculty, agency supervisor and student.
What kinds of courses require service learning?
Service-learning courses link the theory of the course to some form of service (typically addressing a social issue), which takes place outside of the classroom. A minimum of 15 hours of service outside of the classroom is required. In most cases, projects either include the entire class or are a group effort. To this end, the class will meet in the classroom for about two-thirds of the time, and outside of the classroom at another location one-third of the time. There are some variations to this, especially if the course involves an alternative spring break or study abroad component.
How many hours are required per course for service learning?
A minimum of 15 hours of documented service is required for all service-learning courses.
Are there additional resources that support internships at the College?
The Office of Career Preparation and Professional Development provides numerous resources that support experiential learning. As a support to academic departments and students, the Office of Career Preparation and Professional Development staff help to prepare students for their internships through résumé writing and approval, creating cover letters, the art of interviewing for a position and professionalism. In addition to academic credit-bearing opportunities, the Office of Career Preparation and Professional Development also provides students with information in regard to quality internships. Although not credit-bearing, these opportunities will enhance a student’s experiential learning and ability to apply what they learn in a classroom setting to a real-world experience. As such, students can engage in multiple experiences through a myriad of quality agencies. The office uses Handshake and has a job board, which includes additional internship sites.
Visit the SJC Brooklyn Office of Career Preparation and Professional Development page for more information.
Matt Ramirez ’17
Interned at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center
"It’s a small community with the brightest minds in the world. Everyone that works there is so dedicated to their work and love everything they do. These are the most exciting jobs to have. There is so much to see, explore and there are always exciting projects being worked on."
Response to COVID-19: Internships (Applied Learning) and Service Learning
St. Joseph’s College is committed to providing our students with quality experiential learning opportunities through internships (applied learning) and service learning courses. It is preferred that these courses either fully or partially take place outside of the classroom in real-world environments. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our spring 2020 face-to-face internships and experiential learning courses transitioned to virtual modalities. As the College prepares for the fall 2020 semester, it is our preference that we move back to providing face-to-face internships and experiential learning opportunities. Courses that will either continue to be offered or need to be transitioned to virtual modalities at any point during the semester, where applicable, will follow the criteria set forth by the respective disciplines’ accreditation association, or the College’s guidelines as posted on the experiential learning portal page.