An internship or co-op is an educational plan which integrates classroom experience in industrial, business, government, or community-service work situations. It allows students to translate academic principles to action, to test career interests, and to develop skills and abilities through carefully planned and supervised programs related to the degree they are seeking.
Dr. Oriana GattaOffice: HSS 506IIE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prior to/while seeking an internship, you must meet with the internship coordinator, Oriana Gatta, to discuss your interests and goals for the internship.
The internship coordinator will provide suggestions on how the student may find a suitable agency or organization for the internship experience. To make an appointment with the internship coordinator, e-mail Oriana Gatta or stop by her office.
You, the student, in conjunction with the internship coordinator, are expected to seek your own internship location. There are several sources of information you may refer to in order to identify potential internship sites.
After securing an internship site, you must complete and submit the following two forms to the internship coordinator:
Writing Track Majors can also use English 493: Internship as one of two required Studio/Portfolio/Career Preparation courses.
Writing Studies Track Approval Form (pdf)
Fall Internship: First Friday in August
Spring Internship: Second Monday in November
Summer Internship: Second Monday in April
Once your internship application has been approved, the English Department will edit your student account to allow you to register for ENGL 493: Internship.
Make arrangements to pay all required university fees on a timely basis for the university to appropriately recognize your internship.
A three-credit internship is equivalent to 120 hours per semester, or eight hours per week.
As indicated in the Internship Portfolio description, this work should include primarily writing-based activities, activities that will need to be documented in the portfolio via a weekly work log, work samples (artifacts), and an internship reflection essay.
The final product to emerge from your internship experience will be a portfolio, the purpose of which is to help you document and reflect on the work you’ve done and the knowledge/skills gained through this experience.
The portfolio will also help your IUP intern coordinator assess your learning in this credit-bearing course, and more importantly, help you articulate your experience-based skills and expertise to future employers with specific excerpts and examples of your work.
A one-page introduction to the portfolio in which you
Internship log, in which you list dates and times worked and tasks completed.
At least two “artifacts” or samples of your work with an accompanying summary explaining that work and its relevance to your internship.
A four- to six-page essay in which you reflect on the meaning of your internship experience for your intellectual and professional development. Consider the following questions as you shape this essay (*without necessarily answering them all or in this order):
A one-page letter from the internship site supervisor verifying that a student has completed the contracted hours and evaluating the student’s performance based on specified internship duties and general professionalism (Note: The internship coordinator will also independently verify the student’s work with her/his supervisor via e-mail).
A separate e-mail honestly evaluating the student’s experience of the internship site and site supervisor, i.e. by answering the following questions: “Would I recommend this internship to another student?” and “Why or why not?”
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