Internships

Internship: EDL 7900

All students are required to complete an Internship: EDL 7900 unless they have their internship credits waived at the beginning of the Doctoral Program. Credits are waived on a case by case basis, it is not guaranteed that internship credits will be waived by having an Ed.S.

The internship is generally completed during the final semester of coursework.

Important Terms

Faculty Advisor: A Doctoral Faculty member who grades the internship
On-site Supervisor: A professional in the department/location where the student is completing the internship

The Faculty Advisor and On-site Supervisor can be the same person as long as the On-site Supervisor is a member of the Doctoral Faculty. Please contact the Program Associate (Audrey Jones; jonesam5@appstate.edu) for more information.

General Overview

A student will complete 3-6 credit hours worth of internship credits. 3 credit hours (one semester) will equate to roughly 150-300 hours of student involvement over the course of the semester. This time includes such tasks as: background readings, work time on-site, coordination meetings, reflective writings, and development of the Internship Portfolio. The credit hours that a student takes for an electives depends on the amount of credit hours the student works for an internship. A 3 credit hour internship requires 18 credit hours of electives (summation of 21 credit hours total). A 6 credit hour internship requires 15 credit hours of electives (summation of 21 credit hours total).

A doctoral internship can take place in a variety of settings based on a student’s professional interests. However, students cannot propose an internship that overlaps with their current professional role. The internship may take place in the student’s current place of employment but the internship tasks must be relevant to the student’s field of study.. The internship’s role is to integrate theoretical and practical knowledge from coursework into leadership skills to serve an organization or community. 

The student will create an internship portfolio that outlines the entirety of the internship. This will be turned into the faculty advisor upon completion of the internship for grading. More details regarding the portfolio are below.

Planning and Proposal

  • Communicate | 3 Months Before: At least 3 months before the start of the semester of the student’s internship, the student should work with the Faculty Advisor and the On-site Supervisor to clarify the specific tasks that the student will complete during the internship, and the schedule for doing so, and the anticipated outcomes.
  • Proposal | 1 Month Before: At least 1 month before the start of the semester of the student’s internship, the student must submit an internship proposal to the Doctoral Program Associate Director (Interim: Dr. Chris Osmond; osmond@appstate.edu). 

Failure to submit the proposal 1 month prior to the start of the semester will result in the internship not being accepted for registration in that academic semester.

  • Contract | 2 Weeks Before: The Doctoral Program Associate Directior will generate a contract once the proposal has been accepted. The contract will be shared with the student. The student is responsible for obtaining all signatures and turning it in no later than 2 weeks before the begning of the semester of the student’s internship. 

Failure to submit the contract 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester will result in the internship not being accepted for registration in that academic semester.

Deadlines are firm. Internships must be approved by the On-site Supervisor, Faculty Advisor, Doctoral Program Director, RCOE Dean, and the Graduate School. All steps must be followed for the internship to be approved and contract processed. Legally, the contract has to be complete for the internship to begin.

Supervision and Assessment

The Director, Associate Director, or a qualified designee of the Doctoral Program serves as the faculty advisor. The faculty advisor provides leadership, guidance, collegial support, and advocacy for the intern. They also will encourage experiential learning, self-direction, and realistic self-appraisal for the intern. The Doctoral Program Director will consult with the internship advisor on the status and progress of the internship. After completion of the internship, the faculty advisor will complete an Internship Portfolio Assessment Form.

The on-site supervisor provides mentorship and expertise in the department/location of the internship. The on-site supervisor will complete a formative assessment of the internship by completing the Internship Evaluation Form (link to Google Drive coming soon) at the conclusion of the semester-long internship.

Internship Portfolio

Over the course of the internship, students will compile an internship portfolio that contributes to reflection on their internship experiences. The portfolio will serve to inform the faculty advisor of the activities, concerns, and highlights of the internship while providing students with a record of the intern’s work. The portfolio needs to include, but is not limited to:

  • A completed internship proposal and contract
  • Copies of any materials created during the internship (event flyers, reports, meeting notes, etc.)
  • A log of internship activities (i.e. attendance at seminars, meetings, conferences, and hours work)
  • Completed Internship Evaluation Form (completed by the on-site supervisor) 
  • A reflective journal that includes the following components: 
    • Narrative summary of internship activities, outcomes, and obstacles in relation to the student’s learning goals.
    • A critical reflection about the impact of the internship on the student’s professional/leadership capabilities.
    • An overall self-assessment of the student’s learning and progress during the internship, including suggestions for follow-up activities.

Students need to adhere to the criteria on the Internship Rubric in the creation and completion of their Internship Portfolio. Each component of the rubric must be addressed.

Internship Documents can all be found in the linked Google Drive folder. 

You must be logged into your Appstate email account to access the documents in the Google Drive folder. 

Please contact Audrey Jones (jonesam5@appstate.edu) if you have difficulties accessing the Google Drive folder.