A partnership with Clark university
Earn College Credits
We partner with Clark University (a private research university here in Worcester recognized on the list of the “Colleges That Change Lives”) to offer optional college courses to our students.
Clark University college courses allow students the opportunity to begin or continue earning college credit, gain first-hand experience managing a more rigorous academic workload, and develop more effective study skills and habits in a low-risk, supportive learning environment.
These three sociology-based courses are designed specifically for Dynamy Internship Year students and are instructed by our own qualified staff, offering individualized support as needed. Classes meet one evening per week here on our campus, and are open exclusively to DIY students.
Running one seminar at a time in alignment with our three internship cycles, each is a one unit (four-credit hours equivalent) course. They can be taken in any combination and are designed to be progressive for students who take more than one. Many of our full-year students choose to enroll in all three college courses, earning 12 credits total! See below for a description of each:
Fall Term: Organizational Behavior
This course examines how organizations work well, and not so well. Included is a discussion of topics such as the psychological contract (the unwritten and often unspoken expectations of employer and employee) as well as group dynamics, work/life balance, workplace culture, and learning organizations. Throughout, students reflect on and analyze their individual internship and work experiences to derive meaningful correlations to the course content and apply new ideas to their real-world experiences.
Winter Term: Social Identity and Personal Action
This course explores the idea that each individual’s identity in a social group is informed not only by a compilation of personal traits, but also the larger society. Students will seek to answer questions surrounding whether or not identity can change over time and how one’s identity translates into taking action on issues one cares about. As the course arrives at its conclusion, students are invited to determine if there is greater action they wish to take in bringing about social change.
Spring Term: Issues of Race, Class and Gender
This course is designed to provide an overview of the study of race, class, and gender and related social constructs in American society. Students explore how these social identity categories extend beyond individual experience, operating as central components within our society. Students examine the intersectionality of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and discuss whether or not these categories are truly constructed and the complex issues that arise when power dynamics and social inequality are introduced. Finally, students broaden their understanding of themselves and their unique social location by drawing from their internship, community, and independent living experiences.
Monday Programming is designed to support student learning through a variety of multimodal sessions to relay pertinent life skills and learning objectives.
Every Dynamy student’s path begins with a little adventure. Fun team building games, high ropes, low ropes, over the water, through the woods, into the trees.. your journey starts here.
Dynamy has 100+ internships offered to our students. Full year students have the chance to complete three internships. Each student has the oportunity to gain a world of experience.
Read some of our frequently asked questions
What if I don’t know what internships I want to do?
Don’t worry! We hear this often. Many students coming into Dynamy are unsure of their internship path or even where they want to start. Dynamy has a trusted team of advisors that can help you navigate the process and find an internship that will be a good fit for you. Part of Internship Year is exploration and gaining a better understanding of your interest and passions.
What is the age range for Dynamy?
Dynamy students are 17-22 years old. Many students attend Dynamy right after graduating high school- others come after a few semesters of college. Whatever your recent path may be, you should apply if you feel ready! The most important factor for a successful Internship Year is the motivation to work with supportive advisors, like-minded peers, and real-world internships.
Can you help me figure out next steps after Dynamy?
We understand transitions can be hard, especially trying to make plans for next steps. Dynamy advisers work with students throughout the year to discuss and assist with future planning. Additionally, Dynamy has a part-time college counselor on our team to help students navigate the college process from individual classes to colleges and universities.