Can the internship be waived?
Internships are considered a very important element of DES's program objectives. Although a waiver from the internship requirement is possible, very few have been granted, and when granted, only under very specific, special circumstances. The DES curriculum attracts degree candidates who sometimes have considerable experience in an existing career. In some cases, that experience may have already accomplished the purposes of an internship in the chosen field. However, an internship waiver will be considered only if the student will be continuing to work in their field. Even though a student may have considerable work experience when entering the DES program, if the student is making a career change, an internship is appropriate.
Before applying for a waiver, you should consult your advisor and the DES Internship Coordinator. If there appears to be adequate justification for a waiver, you may write a petition to the DES Internship Coordinator requesting a waiver. In the petition, you must propose a substitute course of action, such as an independent study, a research project, a professional paper, a public presentation, or an upper-level elective. The petition will be reviewed and decided upon by the full DES faculty.
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