Internship in Hispanic Language and Culture
Medical Interpreter/Translator, Family Literacy, Jabar Communications (TV)
Espaņol 460, The Citadel, Otoņo 2009
Viernes: 0900-0950

Profesores Del Mastro y Lawn e-mail:
Oficinas: 232-A Capers (Del Mastro);
202 Richardson Ave. (Lawn)
Clase: 232-A Capers
3-5253 (Del Mastro);
3-2067 (Lawn)
Horas de oficina: Del Mastro, lunes a jueves, 1500-1630 o una cita coordinada con el profesor;*
Lawn, lunes, miércoles y viernes, 0900-1000 y lunes y miércoles de 1500-1600

*Si un estudiante no puede reunirse con uno de los profesores durante las horas de oficina, hay dos maneras de comunicarse: 1) por correo electrónico y 2) por teléfono a su oficina. ¡No llamarle a su casa!

Text: A thorough Spanish-English/English-Spanish dictionary for class. Recommended: The New World Spanish-English, English-Spanish Dictionary. Ed. Salvatore Ramondino. Penguin, 1996. ISBN: 0451181689. Found at (from $2-$8)

Description and objectives:
To provide students with practical experience using the Spanish language while they work with designated internship agents; exposure to aspects of Hispanic culture will also be intended. Students will devote 6-8 weekly hours (2-3 afternoons each week) of service with the agencies in question. Students will be assigned an agent and will learn about the related professional area while also receiving practical experience with Spanish-speakers. Students will meet as a group once per week (Fridays, 0900-0950 and TBA) with Dr. Del Mastro, Internship Director, to discuss their experiences. Each Friday during class, students will also hand in their journals that will recount in Spanish their experiences working as interns. Internships must take place from 1300-1700, Mondays through Thursdays. Interns must arrange their schedules to ensure the necessary time is available each week (e.g., an intern can not schedule a 1300 class on internship afternoons), and they must arrange their own transportation to the agency location.

Course policies:
(1)Attendance and tardiness
Attending both the weekly class on campus and fulfilling the weekly required hours of the internship at the designated locations off campus are mandatory. Professor Lawn will monitor internship attendance and tardiness along with the internship agents' weekly reports and share this information with Dr. Del Mastro. Tardiness for class and/or internship appointments will negatively impact the intern's final grade. If the intern is faced with an urgent situation that precludes fulfilling their internship obligations for a particularly day, they must contact well in advance Dr. Del Mastro, Professor Lawn and the intern agent in question. Failure to do so will have a negative impact on the intern's final grade. A student leaving campus as authorized by the internship leave must ONLY be engaging in internship-related activities while away. If the student is unable to participate in the internship on the scheduled time and day, he/she must remain on campus during the internship-leave time.

(2) Internship performance
The internship agent will report weekly to Professor Lawn on the intern's overall performance, activities, percent of time Spanish was used and in what capacities (speaking, writing, translating projects, etc.), punctuality, and cooperativeness, among other pertinent performance factors. Professor Lawn in turn will share this information with Dr. Del Mastro. Students engaged in non-internship related activities during internship leave time will be held strictly accountable by the college's honor code and graded accordingly in this course.

(3) Journal
The intern will maintain a hand-written journal (black and white marble covered lab notebooks preferred) in Spanish that records in detail the student's internship activities and their reactions to the same. The journal will be submitted to Dr. Del Mastro weekly and for evaluation during Friday's class meeting, and generally the student will retrieve their graded journal from Dr. Del Mastro's office on Monday morning or at which time Dr. Del Mastro has confirmed the journals have been graded..

(4) Internship report
Each intern will submit a final report at the end of the semester. The report must be 8 pages minimum (including endnotes and bibliography), typed, double spaced with 1" margins all around, 12-point "Times Roman" font and in accordance with MLA style. Late reports will not be accepted and should be handed to Dr. Del Mastro by NOON on the due-date. A grade of 0 will be assigned to late or unsubmitted reports. Dr. Del Mastro will provide further details about this report and its topic as the semester progresses.

(5) Exit interview
Dr. Del Mastro and Professor Lawn will together conduct a graded exit interview in Spanish with each intern to assess the knowledge gained through the internship experience.

Grade Distribution

Attendance and tardiness 20%

Internship performance 30%
Journal 20%
Internship report 15%
Exit interview 15%






Grade Distribution
A: 90-100
B: 80-89
C: 70-79
D: 60-69
F: 0-59

Please remember that as an intern you are an ambassador for The Citadel to the internship agent and agency in question. Your appropriate behavior and responsible performance, therefore, are critical for your success in this class, the reputation of the college and the viability of the program for future interns. Professors Del Mastro and Lawn will together determine all final grades in this course.

Si un estudiante se encuentra en circunstancias especiales y/o urgentes que evitan su asistencia a clase (especialmente un día de una prueba o presentación del mismo estudiante) y/o la práctica, o la entrega de un informe escrito, es la responsabilidad del mismo de avisar los dos profesores 24 horas antes o después del día en cuestión con una explicación. Los profesores se reservan el derecho de evaluar las circunstancias y las explicaciones del estudiante para determinar si el estudiante merece consideración especial y una exención de la política del curso.

Los profesores también se reservan el derecho de modificar cualquier aspecto del sílabo para mejor acomodar las necesidades intelectuales del estudiante. Durante la hora de clase, el Dr. Del Mastro también se reserva el derecho de despedir a cualquier estudiante cuyo comportamiento afecta negativamente el ambiente de la clase. El profesor anotará estas despedidas como una ausencia para el estudiante. Al matricularse en esta clase, el estudiante acepta la política escrita en este sílabo.