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Philosophy Tutors

Each semester, the department hires two philosophy tutors to assist other undergraduates.  Positions are available to junior philosophy majors who have at least 18 hours in philosophy (or juniors whose philosophy minors have already been completed).  A philosophy GPA of 3.6 is required, and a GPA of 3.4 overall.  Preference is given to students who have performed well in PHL 210, 211, and 330.  The application for tutoring internships will be sent via email to philosophy majors and minors when needed.

Philosophy Lab Instructors

The department sometimes runs philosophy labs in connection with its PHL 210 and 211 courses.  Normally, students are invited by faculty to apply for these internships because of their previous excellent work in the courses themselves.    

Other Opportunities

Occasionally, the department has funding available to for other projects undertaken by faculty.  These are announced on an ad hoc basis.  Faculty sometimes invite particular students to apply.   

What Qualifies as a Philosophy Internship?

Any job that makes use of the skills we teach in classes in the department, such as critical thinking, ethical considerations, aesthetical topics, scientific problems, or social-political issues could serve as an internship. If you show us that your potential internship will help you develop your ability to think about philosophical issues outside the traditional classroom setting, we will approve the internship for Philosophy department credit. Practically speaking, students have completed internships in various areas, including environmental agencies, non-profit organizations, editing, public relations, law, and so on. The internship course is supposed to enrich your educational experience and to improve both your philosophical knowledge and your ability to reflect critically on experience outside the classical classroom setting. As such, you should be aware that the internship will be accompanied by assignments determined by the faculty advisor and coordinated by the Director of the Undergraduate Program.

Course Goals

  1. Learning to apply philosophical knowledge in the field.
  2. Acquiring skills in working with others as a member of a team.
  3. Developing skills in expressing oneself orally and in writing by applying philosophical considerations to a selected co-curricula activity.

How Does a Student Arrange an Internship?

Philosophy department does not arrange internships for students; it merely oversees the internship if taken for PHL 493 credit for locating an internship with the help of the Department of Philosophy, the College of Arts and Letters, Excel Network, the MSU Career Services Network. The Department does keep a file of previous internship requests, as does the College of Arts and Letters (located at 200 Linton Hall).

How Does a Student Enroll for Internship Credit?

After having found an internship students should first submit the Internship Agreement Form (link that doc here) to the Philosophy Department (503 South Kedzie) and schedule an initial meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Programs (how) who must approve the internship for being eligible for academic credit. The DUP will propose possible faculty advisors who will monitor the work done throughout the internship. Concrete assignments will be negotiated between the student and the faculty advisor. 

How Many Credits Can a Student Earn for an Internship?

Internships through PHL 493 can take place during fall, spring, or summer semesters. The amount of credit varies from 1 to 4 credit hours, depending on how much time is dedicated to the job weekly; a student can earn a maximum of 8 PHL 493 credit hours toward their overall degree.

Who is Eligible to do an Internship?

To be eligible for an internship, a student must be a Philosophy Major or Minor (including Philosophy and Law), must have completed a minimum of 2 philosophy classes in the Philosophy department, must be a junior or senior, and must gain the approval of the department (i.e., the Director of the Undergraduate Program).

How Does an Internship Count Towards a Philosophy Degree?

The internship (PHL 493) will count towards the elective credits required for the major or minor, but may NOT be used to fulfill the 400-level Philosophy department elective requirement.

Course Requirements

The following list outlines all activities that will be considered in determining your grade. The final list will be negotiated between you and the internship supervisor (and depends upon the credits received for this course)

  • Activity Logs – You are required to submit weekly activity logs to the faculty advisor, which describe and record your internship hours and activities. Activity descriptions and rationales should be described as fully as possible. Submit your logs each week regardless of the number of hours worked (can be waived by the faculty advisor)
  • Paper Assignment – At the end of the internship, you will be asked to write a paper about the experience in connection with assigned readings. The paper topic, paper length and the assigned readings will be negotiated between you and the faculty advisor (and depend upon the credits received for this course). This paper should connect the learning you have done in your classes with the learning you have done on the internship.
  • Meetings with Faculty Advisor – You are required to attend meetings with the faculty advisor. These meetings will involve sharing your internship successes and discussing the assigned readings.
  • Faculty Advisor Evaluation – Your faculty advisor will be asked to complete an evaluation of your work and will assign a numeric grade.
  • Exit Interview and Final Assessment – You will be expected to meet at the end of the semester with the Director of the Undergraduate Program and assess your experience.


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