The internship program is a highlight of the Social Sciences Department. In the internship, students work alongside social service and mental health professionals directly in the settings where they work. Students might be supervising children in afterschool programs, counseling troubled teens who are living in a residential facility, be an assistant in a therapeutic nursery school or work with women who live in a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Students have held internships with the Department of Social Services, the Red Cross, local Courts, and hospices, just to name a few possibilities.
Other examples of Connected Learning include:
Social Psychology Student participated in "Her Voices," a program about domestic violence
Case Management & Counseling students provided and ate dinner with clients at Second Step, a domestic violence service agency
Children & Domestic Violence students designed educational programming for elementary students on cyber-bullying and then led students through the program
Social Policy students traveled to New York City to take part in a protest organized by Amnesty International
Child Development students conduct observational studies and design learning activities for children in The Barn and Rockwell, Lasell's two on-campus pre-school programs
Sociology of Families students attended "And Still We Rise", a dramatic piece performed by formerly-incarcerated individuals as a means of connecting poverty, family violence and incarceration into the family
Experimental Design students developed a research study on lying behaviors, collected data, and then presented their results to the college community
Food & Culture students took a field trip to see a private showing of the film Food, Inc, followed by an investigation of the products at Shaw's Supermarket in Auburndale. They had another field trip to stuff Thanksgiving baskets at a food pantry and welcomed several guest speakers to discuss the significance of food within various cultures.
Group Dynamics students participated in and then analyzed their behavior in a jury deliberation after witnessing a mock trial