Internships are typically 6 credit hours and involve a minimum of 320 hours of work, which is accounted for with a time-log of activities and a daily/weekly journal. Since internships often are project-specific, students are expected to complete an assigned project in the event that related work goes beyond the 320 work hours. The work schedule encouraged is at least 20 hours per week.
The first of these is the Internship Plan and Record Forms, which are completed in advance and are found and explained at the bottom of this page.
During the internship, students must communicate with their faculty advisor weekly or every other week. This is typically done in the form of journal entries and in most cases may be sent by email. It is the advisor's responsibility to monitor the student's progress carefully and intervene when necessary. Of course the employer also may communicate directly to the advisor, but is not required to do so. The advisor is expected to maintain regular contact with the employer.
A daily or weekly detailed log of activities and work time is required; when possible, samples of work completed may be attached to this document. This will become public record and available to students in the department library, along with a summary assessment of the experience (about one page).
The student also must write a reflective essay, which is submitted to the advisor. The document not only summarizes the work done, but places it in the context of the degree program and the student's own personal and professional goals. This document is later made available to students who are planning their own internships, and to faculty advisors. Any information that the student considers sensitive or confidential should be submitted in a separate reflective account which will be available only to faculty advisors and will not be made public.
At the end of the internship, the employer writes a letter to the faculty advisor confirming and evaluating the student's performance, and the advisor writes a similar letter to the student, along with the assignment of a letter grade. These are kept on file within the department are are not made public.
Remember that the employer will be interested in getting work done and (in some cases) assessing a potential permanent employee. The faculty advisor's overriding concern is with the student's educational experience. The student often has a variety of goals -- learning content, gaining work experience, developing a resume, earning money, assessing a potential employer, completing program requirements, etc. This plan helps ensure that as many of these goals as possible will be met.
The Internship Record Form will be a permanent record of the employer, advisor, and contact information. This should be filled out by the student and given to the G&ES department chair, along with the work plan, at the time of enrollment.
Here is the Internship Record Form.
In addition to these two documents you will need the Independent Study form, which is available from your advisor.
Please read this informational document, which describes the internship in detail.
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