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Practical Experience

Human Rights and Human Diversity offers a number of ways for you to gain practical experience working or volunteering in fields connected to human rights, diversity, and social justice.

Community Service-Learning

HR261: Multiculturalism is taught as a Community Service-Learning Course that gets you experience in real workplaces.

Community Service-Learning (CSL) is a teaching method that encourages students to draw connections between knowledge they gain through their studies and practical applications in the community. Students are engaged in voluntary activities while integrating their experiences with academic course work. CSL's objectives are balance between specific academic goals on the one hand, and building community capacity on the other. It fosters student leadership and enhances connections to the community at large.

Professionalization Seminar

In HR300: Professionalization Seminar, students hone many professional skills, but the centrepiece is an assignment in which students work in teams to write real grant proposals for local non-profit organizations. How would you like to add that to your resumé?

Internship and Field Placement Courses

Internships and field placements can be valuable to students both academically (a chance to reflect on the relationship between material studied in class and practice in the field) and as career preparation (e.g., practical job search techniques, work-related skills, developing contacts and networking skills that may lead to full-time employment).

We currently offer four fully-funded 90-day summer internships in Ghana, Africa for third-year students. Positions are awarded on a competitive basis.

We offer two 0.5-credit courses that offer you a change to combine that academic reflection and career preparation with unique experiences:

These two courses have been designed to provide you with opportunities to gain academic recognition for relevant experience you may gain through internships or international volunteering. This said, the benefits of an internship/field experience, over and above academic credit, will vary depending upon the level of effort you put into preparing for the experience and the amount of initiative you take to make the most of this valuable opportunity.

Rules and Regulations Governing HR391 and HR392

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

There's nothing like putting your ideas into practice to cement your learning, develop a broader perspective, start building a network of future contacts and colleagues, and develop valuable career preparation.

In the fall, we will add links here for internship and volunteering opportunities as well as potential sources of funding. You may find ideas for internships or field placements for credit in HR391 or HR 392 (see above).

In the meantime, here's something to get you started:

Contact Us:

Andrew Robinson, Program Coordinator

E: arobinson@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5743
Office Location: GRH 129

Melissa Weaver, Academic Program Assistant

E: mweaver@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5537
Office Location: RCW 304

HRHD Students' Association

E: Students' Association Email