Information for Faculty
Faculty involvement is vital to the success of the internship program. As scholar-practitioners in your fields, you are well positioned to assess the relevance and value of a possible internship experience and are often the best source of employer contacts. You coach students in the specific tasks of their position and ensure that the internship is a learning experience rather than just a part-time job. For the program to be effective, you must fulfill an administrative role as well as a mentoring one.
Each academic department decides how best to administer its work-integrated learning experiences, but there are several tasks that are common to all:
- Syllabus. Every department must have a syllabus for its experiential education courses. This should describe the learning objectives, the duration of the experience, grading policy, and requirements for papers, outside readings and/or presentations.
- CORR Forms. If a department anticipates that a student will apply for an internship in the upcoming semester, then they need to submit a Course Offering Room Request (CORR) form through their respective deans to the records office.
- Position Approval. Before a job can be considered an internship, it must pass an academic review. All potential internships should be submitted for approval through the Internship Office to the appropriate academic department chair. One hundred fifty clock hours per semester equate to three (3) credit hours. Three hundred hours equate to six (6) credit hours.
- Student Approval. The Internship Office will notify the appropriate academic departments of all students applying for participation in the Internship Program. The academic department is responsible for ensuring that the student is qualified to participate.
- Registration. The Records Office will not register students for an Internship without a completed contract. Once the contract is complete, the faculty supervisor or academic advisor approves the student's registration.
- Supervision. The department chair assigns a faculty supervisor for each student. It is the supervisor's responsibility to assess student learning, communicate with the employer and submit a grade at the end of the semester.
The dean, department chair, academic advisor, faculty supervisor and Internship Coordinator all must work as a team to coach and guide the student. Faculty members are uniquely qualified to do this in several ways:
- Advising. Faculty advisors know their students the best. They can assess a particular student's strengths and areas of challenge and help identify the right experience for them.
- Job Coaching. In many cases a student may be exposed to new situations on the job. The faculty supervisor can be a great resource to help the student work through tasks that they are doing for the first time.
- Supervision. Over the course of the semester, the faculty supervisor meets with the student to check their learning and offer assistance. They also communicate with the employer to monitor student performance.