Applied learning: doing to learn, not just learning to do

By engaging your students in applied learning opportunities, you’ll help them gain real-world experience, build their résumés, and network with potential employers. Your students can explore new interests and find more meaning in the passions that they are pursuing.

Internship responsibilities

Review the following expectations and credit-hour information, and contact your assistant dean or Applied Learning office with questions.

The student is responsible for:

  • Securing both a placement site and a faculty sponsor (the internship placement can take a while to secure, and usually involves submitting a résumé, etc., so the process of searching for a placement site should be started several months before the desired start date).
  • Ensuring the Learning Contract for Experiential Education is completed and submitted in a timely manner.
  • Scheduling her/his hours appropriately so that the expected number of hours can be completed within a given semester.
  • Carrying out the Job Requirements and Evaluation Requirements listed on the Learning Contract.

The placement supervisor is responsible for:

  • Clearly stating expectations of the intern on the Learning Contract.
  • Providing a wholly educational experience, especially if unpaid (i.e. no “grunt work” unrelated to the listed Job Requirements).
  • Mentoring the student intern by giving her/him exposure to various aspects of a particular career and engaging her/him in meaningful work.
  • Responding to requests for information from the student and/or faculty sponsor for the purpose of evaluating progress.

The faculty sponsor is responsible for:

  • Assisting with identifying potential placement sites as necessary.
  • Working with student to identify appropriate Educational Objectives and Evaluation Requirements.
  • Maintaining regular contact with both the student and the placement supervisor to ensure both parties are meeting expectations.
  • Evaluating student work (may take placement supervisor evaluations into account or not), providing regular feedback, and assigning a grade.

45 hours on site = 1 credit hour

  • Therefore, a three-credit internship requires the completion of at least 135 hours on-site; six credits requires 270 hours.
  • Up to six credits can be earned in a single semester for an internship experience.
  • Time spent completing assignments listed in the Learning Contract under “Evaluation Requirements” does not count towards the 45 hours/credit.
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