Internships, Volunteering and Professional Development Opportunities

Jonathan Perez Leyva (Spanish and Public Health) did his internship at the Women's Clinic at Banner University Medical Center.


Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and to focus on and solidify their professional goals and career paths, and they give sponsoring organizations the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. Students work under the guidance of a faculty advisor and a company supervisor and develop career-oriented skills.

In addition to specialized projects, students have experienced a real-life work environment, exposure to executive leadership, extensive orientation and midterm meetings, participation in community events, final project presentations, midterm and final performance reviews, and intern networking events.

Since 2014, the program has provided 224 internships, with 10 of those students going on to obtain employment with the organizations they served as interns.

  Spring 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016 Fall 2016 Spring 2017 Fall 2017
Internships 18 31 30 21 23 17
Service Learning 24 N/A 22 20 18 22
  42 31 52 41 41 39


Each fall, the Department offers four or more different volunteer opportunities for students and faculty: Thriving in the Sand, Tucson Meet Yourself, Days of Caring, and Humane Borders trash cleanup among others. These volunteer opportunities enable students to integrate theory and practice, develop leadership skills, connect more effectively with Tucson communities, and build a network of professionals that can be helpful after they graduate. Our students have committed about 300 hours each fall toward volunteer efforts in Tucson.

Workshops for Teachers of Spanish

The Service Learning Community Outreach program also includes workshops for K-12 Spanish teachers. With input from the teachers about workshop topics, the program has developed a certificate that the teachers could use for professional development credit, while offering information that teachers can readily apply in their classrooms.