ERIC Number: ED255973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Coordinating the Internship Program: The Ins and Outs of Directing Interns.
Mason, Gail E.
Several things should be taken into account when establishing an internship program in speech communication at the college level. Internships begin by being either agency generated or student generated. Objectives of the program include understanding, developing, and applying communication skills necessary for effective performance within an organizational setting. Interns, either speech majors or minors, should be juniors, seniors, or graduate students with an excellent academic record. Other issues to be considered are whether the position should be a paid one, how many credit hours should be allowed, the number of hours a week and the number of weeks the intern should work, prerequisites, and whether grades should be given. An on-site supervisor should be responsible for assigning the intern tasks and evaluating the intern periodically. The interns should assess their own progress, send in work samples, and keep a daily copy of their activities. Other matters to be considered are assigning a course number, determining the number of internship hours to be applied toward graduation, deciding whether a student's job can result in intern credit, and creating a list of placement possibilities. (Appended are a list of references, a description of the internship position, a form to use in conducting a personal interview with the intern, a list of things for the intern supervisor to remember, instructions for a required internship notebook, sample journal entries, a final report, a professional evaluation of the student intern, a self-evaluation form for the intern, and a letter to intern supervisors.) (EL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Indianapolis, IN, April 4-6, 1985).