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Practicum In Society USAC Bilbao, Esther Plaza


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American students from the USAC program in Spain doing an internship in a local company in the Bilbao area. Academic credits and no economic compesation.

American students from the USAC program in Spain doing an internship in a local company in the Bilbao area. Academic credits and no economic compesation.

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  • 1. Practicum in Society
    • Learn Spanish Culture through its working environment
    • Total inmersion in the language
    • High language level required (normally Track 4), minimum GPA of 3.0 and junior standing
    • Independent Study in Spanish
    • Academic credits without financial compensation (An average of 9-10 hours per week at the company will be 3 credits)
    • Placements in a field related to the student’s interest, background or experience.
    • Range of different organizations, such as film production, consulting, landscaping, engineering, public libraries, schools or museums.
  • 2. Museums Mary Lydum , Antelope Valley College , Major: Spanish, Art History Placement: Bilbao Modern Art Museum (Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao)
    • Museums:
    • Archaeological museum
    • Maritime museum
    • Modern Art museum
  • 3. Library Sara Newkirk , University of Idaho , Major: Spanish/Public Communication Placement: Local branch of Bilbao Main Library "I saw the same people almost every day; that way, I got to become friends with some of them!"
  • 4. Library Aimee Hiss , University of Nevada , Major: International Affairs Currently working at the library of the American School in Bangladesh Courtney Gaffney , University of Iowa , Major: Health Promotions
  • 5. Communication "On Mondays, there are 48 newspapers to read. Sixteen a day since Saturday!" Lauren Maher , University of Iowa , Major: Communications, placed in a communication company “ While doing my internship in a film production company, I participated in the filming of some TV commercials” Julie Garcia, Boise State University
  • 6. Engineering Derek Mollin , California State University San Marcos , with Owasys Marketing Director Jorgen Uusitalo , Diversity Student, Sweden Major: Engineering
  • 7. Voluntary work Jennine Powell , Point Loma Nazarene University , Major: Psychology Placement: non-governmental organization that takes care of children with special needs
  • 8. Health Danielle Watkinson , Kirkwood Community College , confirming patient appointments at a local clinic “ Asides from specific vocabulary, I learned a lot about how to conduct medical studies” Ivonee Mclean Rice University She was placed at the Research Division of the Department of Epidemiology of Galdacano Hospital Currently working as a medical researcher specialized in epidemiology
  • 9. Landscaping Julia Harakay , University of Idaho , Major: Spanish/ Landscaping Architecture
  • 10. Teachers Aid
    • Open to any student independently of their level in Spanish language
    • Specially interesting to Education majors
    • Weekly meetings with teachers to go over class materials and preparation
  • 11. Teachers Aid Christopher Felkel with his students “ I was able to feel what it is like to be a teacher” Adam Lopez, Southern Connecticut State University
  • 12. Teachers Aid “ My favorite part was to meet with my assigned teacher to plan the next class” Ariel Shaeps , University of California at Santa Barbara , Major: Global Studies
  • 13. Hobbies · Passions Tara Uren , C-SU Chico James Detwiler , University of Nevada
  • 14. Living on an organic farm Jill Schwartz , University of Idaho, Major: Agricultural Studies 35 hours per week during 3 consecutive weeks
  • 15. Course Requirements
    • Company attendance during established hours
    • Weekly meeting with academic supervisor
    • Keeping a diary in Spanish
    • Final report of 2-3 pages