Summer interns enjoy the flexibility of the School Leadership program
Fitting an internship into any school schedule can be difficult. The School Leadership Program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations offers two schedule tracks through which its students can complete their internships. The Executive School Leadership (ExSL) track focuses on flexibility allowing the students to complete internship hours when it is most convenient for their schedules. The Leadership Preparation Program (LPP) track focuses on completing the internship in a shorter period of time on a more intense schedule.
Due to the flexibility of the ExSL track, a large number of the ExSL students complete a lot of their internship hours during the summer. These students, who are current teachers studying to be administrators, do their work in summer school programs throughout the state.
Brett Miller, an intern at Landmark High School in Spanish Fork, Utah, teaches and coaches at Springville High School during the regular academic year. He said doing his internship this summer will open his schedule during the school year. “I chose to work the summer to not have so much of a worry during the school year because I coach golf in the fall and spring,” said Miller. “I didn’t want to worry about internship hours, and this internship worked well with my schedule.”
Cheryl Neagle interns at Lehi High School in Lehi, Utah. She said her summer internship allows her to complete her internship hours without interrupting her full-time work during the regular school year. “Summer is the time . . . for me to really dedicate to getting a good chunk of my hours done,” said Neagle.
Lori Bellitti is currently doing her internship at Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah. Bellitti said she loves doing her internship in the summer. “For ExSL students, doing a summer internship means that you don’t have to take off work and write sub plans or worry about what is going on back at your home school while you are away. You can wholeheartedly focus on the school where you are and just be there,” she said. “I recommend it highly!”
August 21, 2012