Internship experiences allow students to reinforce skills and principles learned through their coursework as well as to develop additional practical expertise. Consequently both masters and doctoral students in the IP&T program are required to be involved in internships. The particulars of this requirement are described below.
The internship is a "real world" work experience under the supervision of a qualified professional. The student performs work on a professional level for a client who may or may not be within the university community. The internship may or may not involve remuneration.
To obtain a wide variety of work experience, all IP&T graduate students are urged to become involved in some type of internship experience every semester they are in the program. Master's students are required to register for a minimum of 3 credit hours of internship, while doctoral students are required to register for a minimum of 12 credit hours of internship.
To meet this requirement students may register for 1-3 credit hours of IP&T 599R during any semester or term. During fall and winter semesters students should plan on working approximately 3 hours per week for each hour of credit awarded. During spring and summer terms students will need to work approximately 20 hours per week to receive 3 hours of credit, or 6 hours per week for every hour of credit. Students may not register for more than 3 credit hours of internship per semester/term, although they may work more than 10 hours per week on an internship. This requirement insures that students are involved in practicum experience throughout their stay in the program and not just during the first few semesters.
Suggestions for Finding an Internship
Besides signing up for internship credit, students are responsible for finding and negotiating their own internship experience each semester. This can be done in several ways.
During their graduate program, students should select a wide variety of internship experiences. Ideally they should identify internship experiences in each of the major areas of the program: instructional design, evaluation, measurement, research, and teaching. They should avoid doing all of their internship work with one organization or individual. In addition, they should consider internship experiences that relate to their career goals. Research and teaching internships are especially important for those interested in an academic career.
Registration, Supervision, and Grading
STEP 1: Submit a signed Internship Contract Form to the department internship coordinator for approval.
Once an acceptable internship has been identified, students should meet with their internship supervisor (the person who is providing the internship) to outline the work they will be asked to do during the internship experience. The internship supervisor may be a faculty member or a representative of the organization providing the internship. Students must then submit the Internship Contract Form [PDF | Word] (signed by the internship provider) to the department internship coordinator (Dr. Jason McDonald). This form should include a detailed description of the nature of the proposed internship experience, including the student's role and level of involvement and the specific assignments and products to be produced.
STEP 2: Complete the online internship application WELL BEFORE the add/drop deadline. Before students can register for internship credit they must complete this application. A link to the internship application can be found on the AIM registration page for IP&T 599R. Make sure to fill in current contact information for yourself and the internship provider. Once you have submitted this application, an email will be automatically sent to the department internship coordinator for approval.
STEP 3: Register for IP&T 599R before the add/drop deadline. You must register for the course during the semester you are completing the internship. Once the internship coordinator approves the online internship application, you will receive an email verifying your acceptance. You will then be able to register for IP&T 599R. To receive internship grades, students are no longer required to get a grade form completed by their internship sponsor. The department internship coordinator will contact the internship provider directly to get grade information and feedback at the end of the semester contact. To view grades, contact the department internship coordinator.
Pay for Internships
Although it is not necessary for students to receive pay for an internship, frequently these internships are funded. The university pay scale corresponds to the student's status in the program. Advancement in status is made when PhD comprehensive projects are completed. Students working with outside agencies or organizations are free to negotiate their own pay scale.