Standardized Internship Program Explanation

Purpose:

To provide a structured internship program that will adequately protect the institution and its students and meet the guidelines that are required by the United States government so that all CMU students (citizens and internationals) can participate in experiential education.

Program Goals:

The internship program at Central Methodist University is designed to extend student learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom setting into professional work environments. Internships are an educational strategy whereby students complement their academic preparation with direct practical experience. The effort to combine a productive work experience with an intentional learning component is a proven method for promoting the academic, personal, and career development of the students. Internships allow students to earn academic credit while undertaking planned, professionally supervised work experiences related to their on-campus academic programs and career interests.

Internship Philosophy:

  • The program will be structured to benefit both the student and the organization. The internship should be an experience worthy of academic credit.
  • The internship needs to be arranged in advance to coincide with the Fall, Spring, or Summer terms.
  • An internship should be a carefully monitored work experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what she or he is learning throughout the experience. These goals may include academic learning, career development, skill development, and/or personal development.

Requirements for Credit:

  • Utilizing campus resources (Career Development Center, Academic Department), the student secures an internship related to her or his course of study.
  • An initial meeting with the student's academic advisor or department head is required to discuss credit hours, learning goals, and method of evaluation.
  • A Faculty Internship Advisor will be assigned to oversee the internship.
  • The student is required to work at least 40 hours per credit hour received; however, the academic department determines how many credit hours the student may receive for the experience.
  • The student will register for the internship using the Internship Information Form. Retroactive credit will not be permitted.
  • The student will complete all hours required by the internship in order to receive academic credit.
  • The student will complete all forms required as well as meet the requirements for the Evaluation Method stipulated by the respective academic department.

Paperwork Required:

  1. Internship Information (Form 1) (Print on Orange Paper) details site information and hours and outlines who will be granting credit and supervising the experience. Students are required to develop two Learning Goals outlining what they plan to learn from the experience as well as the strategies they will utilize to accomplish those goals. The form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar with complete and accurate information at the very beginning of the academic term. All signatures are prerequisites for enrollment.
  2. Student Internship Agreement (Form 2) (Print on Orange Paper) is a general release agreement which outlines the prospective intern's responsibilities regarding the University's professional liability insurance coverage and guidelines pertaining to personal conduct. The signed agreement on the back of Form 1 must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar with complete and accurate information at the very beginning of the academic term.
  3. Internship Memorandum of Understanding (Form 3) (Print on Orange Paper)careful outlines the responsibilities of the student, the university and the employer (referred to as the Agency) and is put in place to protect the Institution and the students. This signed from, along with Form one and Form two, must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar with complete and accurate information as a prerequisite for enrollment.
  4. Mid-Internship Self Evaluation (Form 4) (Optional – at the discretion of the Faculty Internship Advisor) is a rubric that allows the student intern to evaluate her or his progress half way through the internship experience. This should be filled out before the intern receives feedback from the employer. This allows the student to see whether there are discrepancies in perception, and it allows the Faculty Internship Advisor to view the internship from both sides of the experience. This form will be submitted to the Faculty Internship Advisor at the midpoint of the internship experience.
  5. Mid-Internship Evaluation (Form 5) (Optional – at the discretion of the Faculty Internship Advisor) is a rubric that allows the employer to give the student and the Faculty Internship Advisor feedback midpoint through the term on how the internship and the intern are progressing. This form will be submitted to the Faculty Internship Advisor at the midpoint of the internship experience.
  6. Final Internship Self Evaluation (Form 6) is a rubric that allows the student intern to evaluate her or his progress in regards to the duties of the internship. Again, this allows the faculty member to have a complete view of the experience. This form must be submitted to the Faculty Internship Advisor at the conclusion of the internship experience.
  7. Final Internship Evaluation (Form 7) is a rubric that allows the employer to assess the intern's abilities, growth, and contribution. This form assists the Faculty Internship Advisor in assigning a grade, and the form will be shared with the student. This form must be submitted to the Faculty Internship Advisor at the conclusion of the internship experience.
  8. Evaluation Method is the academic requirement of the internship experience. The student will complete either a journal detailing her or his learning, a final paper, a final project, or a presentation. The specific method will be determined by the Faculty Internship Advisor and noted on the Internship Information Form when the student enrolls for the internship experience. The intern may be required to make periodic reports of progress, or the evaluation may be more reflective in nature. This form must be submitted to the Faculty Internship Advisor before the end of the academic term.

 

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