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Research & Internship

Your internships and research within the Education department will provide the knowledge and experience for any environment.

Earn course credit while interning at a local non-profit

Through a 10- to 12 hour per week semester-long internship in a local human services non-profit agency, students in EDU 506 will build upon classroom experience by facilitating collaborative projects. The internship focuses on community-centered learning and exposure to the competencies for leadership including agency program planning, program evaluation, budget and finance, personal communication, human resources, boards, fund development, marketing, persuasion, volunteer and human resource management. The course includes a weekly seminar allowing for reflection and integration of the knowledge, skills, and expected dispositions. Possible placements include non-profit organizations in Greenville such as A Child’s Haven, First Steps, Little Steps, and Pendleton Place. The course is open to all students interested in education.

Summer Research

Paid summer research fellowships are available for qualified students. Research Fellows are able to enhance their academic writing and presenting skills while learning about instructional methods, technology and possibilities for their own future classroom settings as preservice educators.

For example, during the summer of 2018, Education Professors Bobbi Siefert and Katie Kelly worked with Furman Research Fellow Tatiana Oliveira ’19 to conduct a literature review to explore the role of technology and language-based instructional activities such as blogging to engage and foster language development and learning with English Language Learners. They presented their research at the International Literacy Association Conference and the Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages Conference, both in Atlanta, and the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention in Houston.

After Graduation

Qualified candidates in the Teacher to Teacher Residency program can pursue the option of completing their student teaching internship while employed as a first-year teacher (with salary and benefits) in one of our partner school districts. They can also pursue a Master of Arts in Education degree from Furman. Some programs can be completed in as little as 15 months after graduation.