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All IDSL majors are required to complete an Integrated Learning Experience. Students can choose to complete 3-credit hours in an Independent Study in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST 498) or an Internship in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST 499).
The Internship Program is designed to provide the IDSL major with an opportunity to practice theories, methods, and skills learned in other coursework in an applied setting. Participation in this program will expose students to the qualifications and requirements of various public and private agencies and give them the experience to meet those requirements.
Featured Internship Opportunities
Internship Faculty Advisors
All interns select a faculty advisor to guide the academic component of their internship experience. A list of all IDSL Faculty Associates, who can serve as Faculty Internship Advisors, with areas of interest and email contact information can be found below.
Current IDSL Faculty Associates
Dr. Brock Cutler (email@example.com) is Assistant Professor of History. He interested in the relationship between the physical environment and the human world. His own research is on the history of the colonial state in nineteenth-century Algeria, with particular focus on periods of environmental disaster. Professor Cutler is able to advise
Dr. Leslie S. Daniel (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership. She teaches in the licensure area of Special Education: Adapted and General curriculum. This is an interdisciplinary
Dr. Sandra French (email@example.com) is Associate Professor of Communication. She currently serves as Associate Editor
Dr. Joanna Hunter (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Assistant Professor of Sociology, joining the department at Radford in the fall of 2013. Her scholarly work focuses on situated identity practices and deals with the intersection of individual identity and organizational identity. Her most recent article, “It's Not Written On Their Skin Like it is Ours: Greek Letter Organizations in the Age of the Multicultural Imperative” appears in the October 2013 issue of Ethnicities. She is currently working on a project about religious identity among American college students and a project about non-Black members of historically Black fraternities and sororities. In addition to teaching the required Research Methods course in the IDSL program, she teaches courses in social psychology,
Dr. Mary LaLone (email@example.com) is a Professor of Anthropology, who teaches in the RU Department of Sociology. In addition to teaching and publishing in the fields of applied sociology and cultural anthropology, her training and work experiences span the fields of Museum Studies, Library Science, Environmental Studies, and Ethnohistory. She has more than 20-year's experience developing university-community partnerships engaging RU students in community-based research to help preserve the cultural heritage of community groups in Southwest Virginia (see https://mlalone.asp.radford.edu/Home/html). Together with her students, she has written numerous consulting reports for community organizations and published three books of oral histories preserving Southwest Virginia's coal mining, farming, and Arsenal history. Dr. LaLone received Radford University's Donald N. Dedmon Professional Award for Teaching Excellence. Professor
Dr. John Liptak (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Associate Director
Dr. Jeanne Mekolichick (email@example.com) is Professor of Sociology. She has taught widely in the field of Sociology, focusing recently in the areas of community-based research, applied sociology, and transition to
Dr. Paul Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. His areas of expertise include Biblical Studies and monsters in religious traditions. In
Dr. Allison Wisecup (email@example.com) is Assistant Professor of Sociology. Her teaching and research interests include social psychology; self, role, & society; gender, stratification; identity, interaction & emotions; health inequalities; sport and society; mental health.