Special Interest Internship

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreNA4

Semester and Year Offered: Semester 4, during their vacations

Course Coordinator and Team: Shefali Singh

Email of course coordinator:

Pre-requisites: a student should have completed the guided reading course in Semester 3 from which the Special Interest Internship site culminates

Aim: To allow the students to immerse themselves into the actualities and challenges which psychosocial-clinical field is behest with.

Course Outcomes:

  1. to allow the chosen field to emerge as a site where theory and practice can meet, each coloring the other
  2. to engage with the challenges and rigor of the field in the specific area which the students have chosen, thereby familiarizing themselves with the grassroots realities and appropriate spaces of intervention
  3. to lay the foundations of a dissertation structure on the lines of an action oriented frame of research where psychosocial and clinical come together to start a reflective process

Brief description of Modules/ Main Modules:

There are no modules per se as the structure of this course differs from other taught courses. It all depends on a student’s special interest for a specific area of work and it is not a taught course. This course can be seen as emerging from guided reading course from 3rd semester where, following theoretical immersion, students work closely with their assigned supervisors from the starting of the semester to decide on the site. Simultaneously, students will be attended by two faculty members for an hour’s session twice in a month to help them verbalize their anxieties, concerns and blocks while deciding on the field. Students may choose with in a school, in homes for mentally challenged persons, orphanages, old age homes, neuropsychiatric rehabilitation centers, halfway homes, homes for the dying or any other special field of their calling.

Once the field is decided, students will undertake an internship of 4-6 weeks during their vacation period. The student-supervisor duo will work closely to further reflect on what is emerging from the experience of the student in the field. This deep engagement with the community will allow the students to apply the theoretical knowledge that they have gained in the field and understand the challenges of the specific area of work they have chosen for themselves.

Assessment Details with weights:

The assessment for this course has been divided into three components:

  1. Immersion in Field: 20% weightage
  2. Report Writing: 50% weightage
  3. Viva: 30% weightage

Reading List:

As mentioned above, it is an individualized course based on special interest areas of the students and the readings are suggested to each student by his/her supervisor to accommodate their needs and interests while giving more importance to the experience of the student on the field and making sense of that experience.