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ERIC Number: ED377526
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
To Standardize or Not to Standardize, That Is the Question.
Abar, Edwin J., Jr.
There are some things that can be standardized about internship programs in communication programs, and some things that cannot (for example, criteria for entering a program and credit hours permitted). However, the following 11 internship standards can and should be adopted by the Experiential Learning Commission of the Speech Communication Association: (1) the internship experience must provide the student with an opportunity to practice classroom learning or introduce the student to new material, thus developing skills; (2) no intern should be placed at an agency without the college supervisor visiting the agency and discussing the placement; (3) agencies should produce written documentation outlining interns' duties and responsibilities; (4) interns must interview with agency supervisors prior to placement approval; (5) departments should provide documentation of the students' internship and college registration; (6) departments should provide a contract agreed upon by the college, agency, and student; (7) departments should schedule a site visitation; (8) department faculty sponsors should make regular contacts with the intern and intern site supervisor; (9) student and site supervisor should prepare midterm evaluations of the student's progress; (10) student and site supervisor should prepare final evaluations of the student; and (11) departments should maintain a file with comments about the placement site for review by future interns. These guidelines are aimed at the establishment and maintenance of an internship program, are designed to benefit the student by ensuring that the intern experience is successful. (SR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A