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Community Involvement


WISR students are very resourceful in finding places for internships and community involvement that become integral to their studies and degree program at WISR. Many already have community-based jobs, and those seeking jobs or volunteer placements receive extensive informal help from faculty, fellow students, alumni, Board members and friends of WISR.

Although WISR does not provide formal job or internship placement services. WISR faculty help students to use their community involvements to set up learning projects that contribute to their course and degree program learning objectives and that meet some of the course requirements. WISR faculty are mindful of the importance of students make the most of the community involvements so that these experiences will contribute to course and degree program learning objectives.  Faculty do this by meeting regularly with the student to provide supervision and guidance—to help the student to discuss and critically reflect on what they are learning, on the problems and challenges they may be encountering, on the insights gained, and on next steps that can be taken to follow up from one week to the next on what the student is doing in their practical, community involvement setting. This is the case for all involvement, whether paid jobs or volunteer positions, or student-created action-research projects in some community or organization.

An examination of student and alumni profiles on other pages of our website will illustrate the extensive and rich variety of student community involvements.

WISR MFT students have the responsibility to find and set up their practicum placements. They receive support and assistance from faculty, who also refer them to fellow students, alumni and professional friends of WISR, to aid them in networking and in identifying likely placements. Because MFT students select the agency in which they will do their practicum work, each student can find a place that will optimally meet his or her needs and goals–taking into consideration the kind(s) of client population(s) with whom the student wishes to get experience, the geographic location of the agency, the convenience of the hours and days to be worked, and the style and personality of the person at the agency who will be supervising the student. Most MFT students spend several hours per week for two or three months locating and setting up their practicum. Over the years, all MFT students have successfully set up practica for themselves, and almost always at an agency where they have had extremely valuable experiences. Most practicum positions are for unpaid volunteers, but occasionally, students find paid positions.

WISR PhD Student, Shyaam Shabaka, Executive Director and Founder, EcoVillage Farm, Richmond, CA

WISR PhD Student, Shyaam Shabaka, Executive Director and Founder, EcoVillage Farm, Richmond, CA