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SPC Offers Three Social and Behavioral Sciences Internship Opportunities

Social and Behavioral Sciences Internship Opportunities

Are you interested in a career in social work, early childhood, exceptional education, sociology, psychology, or a related field? Our St. Petersburg College faculty have forged relationships with organizations in Pinellas County to offer some exclusive Social and Behavioral Sciences internship opportunities where SPC students can gain hands-on experience outside the classroom in real-world environments.

Head Start

Head Start is a federally-funded early childhood program for low-income families with children ages 2-5, including those with special needs. The program promotes school readiness by strengthening children’s cognitive, social and emotional development.  SPC students gain hands-on experience with children, interact with professionals in the field, gain an internship related reference and more.

The Learning Academy

St. Petersburg College has teamed up with the University of South Florida to provide a new internship opportunity.  The Learning Academy (TLA) is a 30-week program designed to provide a structured, employment-focused curriculum for high school graduates ages 18-25 diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  St. Petersburg College peer mentors help TLA students practice learned skills in natural settings and introduce students to social activities on the college campus and surrounding community. 

Pinellas Safe Harbor

St. Petersburg College is working with the Public Defender’s Office of Pinellas County to offer students an internship in milieu therapy for residents at Pinellas Safe Harbor (PSH).  PSH is an emergency homeless shelter, run by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, designed to assist those who are currently homeless and need services to help them get back on their feet. Psychology interns contribute to the therapeutic milieu at PSH by developing supportive relationships with the residents and co-facilitating support groups. Psychology interns will practice pre-counseling skills, such as empathic listening, reflection statements and group facilitation.

If you are interested in or have questions about any of the above internship opportunities, please contact the SPC Clearwater Social & Behavioral Sciences Office at 727-791-5963.

Fifth Annual Model United Nations Conference Coming Up

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The 5th Annual SPC Model United Nations/Pinellas County Model United Nations (PCMUN) conference will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 at St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater Campus.

The conference brings together Pinellas County Schools students, St. Petersburg College faculty and students, as well as the Foundation for Leadership, to teach diplomacy, negotiation and cooperation, and to model the United Nations framework. SPC Faculty and student volunteers will work with the 450 – 500 Pinellas County Schools students who participate.

Middle and high school students, known as “delegates” in the Model UN framework, will step into the shoes of United Nations member countries. The delegates will be challenged to draft resolutions, strategize, negotiate and resolve problems of today’s world – all while following the UN’s rules of procedure. Participating Pinellas County students have always taken great pride in researching their countries and their topics for this event, which is a culmination of all their hard work.

…[I]t is just fascinating to hear what one country believes in and come to a resolution at the end.
-Emma Tumarkin, Osceola High School Senior

This year, we are very excited to have confirmed Catherine Rodriguez, Diplomat in Residence for South Florida, U.S. State Department, as our keynote speaker for the event. As the Diplomat in Residence, Ms. Rodriguez engages with university and high school students on raising awareness about careers opportunities in the Foreign Service and Civil Service with the U.S. Department of State. Ms. Rodriguez will also be scheduled to meet with our St. Petersburg College students so they can have more exposure to her vast knowledge base on careers in this area.model united nations

This conference is a wonderful opportunity for our St. Petersburg College students to take leadership roles by leading the Pinellas County students in their committees, and it’s also a fantastic opportunity for middle and high school students to learn about global issues, as well as develop useful life skills like public speaking, problem-solving and research.

. Take a look at what students have said about the conference.

SPC Offers Study Abroad in South Africa

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The primary goal of this program is to examine human rights from social science perspectives in order to develop an insight and understanding of how human rights, human rights practices and human rights institutions are socially created and recreated by human beings. This four-week program will take place at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The program introduces students to human rights related discourses in a social science context. The universal and cultural specific dimensions of human rights will be explored through exploration of human rights in relation to social and cultural diversity and their local and global contexts, with an emphasis on Africa.

Upon completion of this program students will have an understanding that human rights practices and institutions are the result of historical processes of social transformation. Students will also gain the ability to identify and critically analyze key human rights issues and debates and clarify fundamental human rights debates through critical thinking and reasoning. With this knowledge students will be able to contribute to the development of a human rights culture and make justifiable decisions in ambiguous situations.

South Africa

SPC Courses:
INR 2002 – International Relations
ECO 2013 – Principles of Macroeconomics
Students must enroll in at least one of the above SPC courses. If desired, students may enroll in both courses. Also, students will enroll in a human rights course at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

 *Apply early – space is limited! Application, all forms, payments, visa (if necessary), etc. must be processed and completed by the deadline of March 20, 2015.

For more information regarding this opportunity of a lifetime, please call 727-341-4731 or visit  You can find more information regarding trip cost, course dates, and travel dates.