ERIC Number: ED249542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
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Making an Internship Program Successful: The Necessary Ingredients.
Veenendall, Thomas L.; Freeman, Andrew R.
The tremendous growth of the speech and theater program at Montclair State College (New Jersey) over the past six years is partly due to the enthusiasm of both faculty and students toward internships. The benefits of experiential learning, the development of career goals, and the application of classroom theory are three reasons why students are highly encouraged to participate in an internship. There are three particular ingredients that contribute to the success of the internship program: (1) learning the necessary, marketable skills; (2) discovering and using prime locations; and (3) promoting a caring and controlled leadership from faculty members. There are additional factors that allow these three "Ls" to function effectively. One is maintaining effective communication between the "internship triad" of student, faculty advisor, and on-site supervisor. Another is establishing clear expectations and goals before the internship begins. The third is observing firmly established rules and regulations. The program at Montclair also follows selection standards for internship students. Once in the program, students are required to maintain a log of daily works, observations, and reactions; give weekly reports to a faculty advisor; complete assignments appropriate to the job description; and complete a final paper on the experience. They must also develop and write a resume. The interns are frequently overwhelmed by the amount of knowledge they gain, the number of professional contacts they make, and the value of the experience they receive. (HTH)
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