Prototypes Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

ENGL009. Autobiography and Community Learning:
A grass-roots based, community-learning course in which Pitzer and community students explore theories and practices of autobiography through reading, writing, multimedia and other interdisciplinary forms of self narration. Pitzer and community students engage autobiography as oral history, as visual art, as performance, as poetry, as critical theory, in short as a self- and socially-reflective endeavor that produces agency within prevailing public discourse, a space of individual or collective identities, a space of social theory, resistance, revision, self-empowerment, a space of social justice and experimental art. Please note this is a course taught by Professor Laura Harris - as such, you must be registered for the course or have special permission to participate from Professor Laura Harris.

Gardening:
Students collaborate with the clients at Prototypes in building and maintaining a community garden.Gardening takes place at several locations throughout Prototypes

Tutoring and GED:
Students are able to work with the women on passing the GED or tutoring them according to their level of education and interest.

Parenting Center:
After the clearance process, students are able to work at the parenting center with the client’s children.

Yoga:
The clients at Prototypes have voiced yoga as one of their favorite Pitzer programs.There is limited time for yoga instructors so if you are interested, contact the Prototypes Urban Fellow as soon as possible.

Events held in collaboration with this site:

Transcending Spaces, Inspiring Communities:
This series takes place on Pitzer College campus. The Prototypes women are transported to Pitzer and take part in a workshop that includes the Pitzer community as well as the surrounding communities outside the college campus.These workshops provide a space for communities to come together and for individuals to experience something new

May 2010                                Vagina Monologues with women of Prototypes at Pitzer

May 2010                                Vagina Monologues with women of Prototypes at Prototypes

Courses offered with internships at this site:

  • ENGL009: Autobiography and Service Learning Professor Laura Harris
    • A service-learning course in which Pitzer students and community participants explore autobiography, how it produces a private space within prevailing public discourse, a space of social theory, historical revision and self-reflection. Assignments are organized around hands-on community service in a literacy program at an off-campus community-based location.
  • ONT104: Social Change Practicum Professor Tessa Hicks Peterson
    • This course must be taken concurrently with ONT 101 or ONT 106. The course provides students with an intensive, ten-fifteen-hour per week internship focused on understanding the role that organizations face in meeting urban challenges. Partnerships have been established with numerous organizations in which students are able to pursue their interests while adding to solutions for community problems. This course will give students some tools to assist in community-building efforts and the recognition of community assets as opposed to deficits.
  • PSYC105: Child Development Professor Mita Banerjee
    • Evidence pertaining to the development of the child is examined and discussed in relation to selected theoretical formulations. Facets of the child’s cognitive, social, emotional and personality development are included.
  • PSYC116: Children at Risk Professor Mita Banerjee
    • Evidence pertaining to the development of the child is examined and discussed in relation to selected theoretical formulations. Facets of the child’s cognitive, social, emotional and personality development are included.
  • PSYC174: Ethnic Minority Mental Health Professor Rick Tsujimoto
    • Course covers culturally sensitive treatment approaches and ethnic disparities in mental health treatment rates. Course requires an internship; tutoring a minority student in a program for disadvantaged students, mostly Latinos. Readings focus on children/adolescents of color, with less on adults. Class is discussion-intensive and emphasizes integration of readings and internship experiences.
  • PSYC186: Internships in Psychology Professor Rick Tsujimoto
    • This course involves supervised experience in the application of psychological knowledge in real-world human service settings. Examples include settings focused on: mental health, substance abuse, regular or special education, rape and sexual abuse and domestic violence.
  • SOC170: Internship: Sociology of Health and Medicine Professor Alicia Bonaparte
    • (Formerly Soc 175 Fieldwork in Health Care.) This practicum is a semester-long internship in which students will work within health organizations serving or addressing health issues. In addition, students will be exposed to potential careers or volunteer activities in the community.