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Integrated Learning

Integrated Learning

Service Practicum, Internships, and Urban Connections

As part of our core curriculum at Columbia, students are able to participate in our Integrated Studies, which include, Service Practicum, Internships and Urban Connections. These opportunities provide avenues through which students engage in their communities through service hours, program internships and group volunteer experiences.

Service Practicum is a unique opportunity that allows students to take what they have learned in class and apply it to the community in which they live. Over the course of their first two years at Columbia, students will participate in a minimum of 115 hours of supervised volunteer experience. At the beginning of the academic year, students will attend the Service Fair, which provides an opportunity to connect with various organizations in the community. These courses encourages students to get involved in their community as they gain hands-on experience in their field of interest.

 

Placements

Service Practicum placements involve volunteering as an experience of personal growth, vocational discernment, and community engagement. Placement types vary depending on student interest and program major. Students who already volunteer their time with an organization may be eligible to continue this work as their Service Practicum. Mature students (25yrs+) who have extensive previous volunteer experience may qualify for an exemption. Please contact the Integrated Learning Associate to learn more.

Internships

Internships enable all four-year degree students to practice key areas of learning within their program major. The internship placement facilitates knowledge and skills practice, personal and social development, along with opportunty to pursue vocational direction. Students develop personalized learning objectives that are met with 300 hours (75hrs/credit hour) of supervised work alongside a series of reflective assignments. 

The Integrated Learning department oversees the following program internships:

  • Applied Leadership
  • Biblical Studies
  • Counselling
  • Worship Arts
  • Youth Work (4-credit option)

Please note that Intercultural Studies and the third-year Youth Work internships are supervised by their respective departments directly.

Prerequisites: Before a student can begin their internship, they are required to have completed the following:

  • 60 credit hours
  • Service Practicum I, II, III, and IV
  • LDRS 201 Intro to Leadership Studies or equivalent (can coincide with the start of internship)

Questions? Contact the Integrated Learning Department  

Placements

Internship placements provide students with opportunity to practice key areas of learning from within their program major under the direction of an approved supervisor. In consultation with their Program Director and the Integrated Learning department, students are responsible to find a placement that fits with their program major and personal interests. For more information please contact the Director of Integrated Learning. 

Every first-year student at Columbia participates in Urban Connection. Students spend a semester engaging various social issues in Abbotsford and the surrounding area, such as poverty, addiction, and homelessness. In a group setting, students learn about these issues and get to know people impacted by them. Students serve alongside long-term organizations who are committed to seeing Jesus’ Kingdom come and to love people who are deemed outcasts.

 

Our goal for Urban Connection is for students to grow in their worldview in their own backyard. We hope and pray that through this unique experience, students gain a greater perspective of what is happening in our world and begin both dialogue and action in connecting with people in the everyday. The first step to world change is a change in ourselves.

Internship Supervisors 

Placements

Internship placements provide students with opportunity to practice key areas of learning from within their program major under the direction of an approved supervisor. In consultation with their Program Director and the Integrated Learning department, students are responsible to find a placement that fits with their program major and personal interests. For more information please contact the Director of Integrated Learning. 

Internship Placement Posting Application – To be completed by any organization wishing to have a Columbia student as an intern.

Supervisor Progress Reports – Supervisor progress reports 1-3 must be completed during the internship.

Supervisor Comprehensive Evaluation – Supervisors must complete this evaluation at the end of their internship.

Post an Internship Placement (for organizations)

 

Course Information

Internship Overview 

Supervisor Manual 

Internship Syllabus – Current Semester 

Internship Syllabus – Upcoming Semester

 

Questions? Contact the Integrated Learning Department  

Service Practicum Supervisors

We welcome all placement supervisors and organizations to be involved with this unique learning experience. If you have further questions please contact the Integrated Learning Associate. 

 

Service Fair

The Service Fair is an annual event in early September. Local organizations and churches can share the various volunteer opportunities that they have to offer as new students are seeking a practicum placement. If you and your organization are interested in participating, please complete the Service Fair Reservation Form. Please note there are limited spaces available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Handbook

Placement Supervisor Manual (PDF) – This manual explains what is expected of both the student and the Supervisor in Service Practicum and contains information around Risk Management. All supervisors should be familiar with its contents.

 

Supervisor Forms

Supervisor Agreement Form – A form outlining the agreed-upon service and mentorship commitment must be completed by the placement supervisor at the beginning of the Fall or Summer semester for each practicum student. As students are expected to remain in the same placement from September through to April, in the Winter semester, Supervisor Agreement forms are typically only necessary for students starting Service Practicum mid-year or who are changing placements due to course conflicts.

Supervisor Evaluation Form – This form must be completed by the placement supervisor at the end of every semester for each practicum student. Note: 35% of the student’s final grade is gained directly from the Supervisor’s Evaluation. Timely submission is imperative.

CONTACT

David

David Warkentin

Director of Integrated Learning

Email David 

Loritta

Loritta Bos

Integrated Learning Associate

Email Lorrita