ERIC Number: ED395340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Fostering Students' Scholarship and Professional Growth--"A New Slant on Internships: Special Projects."
Morris, Betty Zane
Communications internship requirements at Shorter College in Georgia probably do not differ significantly from those of other colleges, with the exception of one component, the special project. The objectives and procedures of the special project are clearly outlined in the Student Internship Guidelines drawn up by the department. Deciding the nature of the project and writing the prospectus are usually the most difficult aspects of the special project. It is essential to have a clear understanding between the student and the supervisor about the goals for the project and the terms of its evaluation. The department established the following guidelines or objectives for setting up the project: (1) identifying the need; (2) establishing goals and objectives; (3) providing a rationale; (4) identifying and securing resources; (5) determining a plan of action; (6) preparing a timeline; (7) preparing a budget; (8) submitting of a final product; (9) and developing a concrete assessment instrument. In a final paper students are asked to reflect on the project from its beginning to its completion, examining it in terms of its adherence to a timetable and resources used. Student and supervisor comments written in the Special Project reports are usually very favorable toward the experience and reflect some of the learning that has taken place. Excerpts from these comments illustrate both student and supervisor exuberance for the special project. (Attachment contains explanatory material about "special projects.") (TB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Shorter College GA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (81st, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, 1995).