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Senior internship agency guidelines
1. The agency must provide an experience (paid or volunteer) that would be similar in responsibility to an entry-level professional position.
2. The agency must be able to provide the student with an experience that meets the duration and hourly requirements of the Senior Internship. Minimum requirements are 12 weeks, 40 hours per week (fall, spring, summer). Therapeutic Recreation students are required to have 14 weeks, 560 hours per week (fall, spring, summer).
3. The agency must be willing to assign a qualified on-site Agency Internship Supervisor to work with the student.
4. The agency must be willing to sign the required documents (Student Educational Agreement and Student Placement Agreement).
5. The agency must provide an appropriate workspace and necessary resources (computer, phone, desk, chair, office supplies, etc.) for the student to fulfill the responsibilities of the student’s internship position.
6. The agency must provide the student with an appropriate period of orientation to the agency and its operation during the early part of the internship experience.
Agency internship supervisor guidelines
1. The Agency Internship Supervisor must be a full-time paid employee of the agency and be available to the student for the duration of the experience.
2. The Agency Internship Supervisor must have a minimum of a B.S or B.A. degree, and/or equivalent experience appropriate to the position held at the agency.
3. The Agency Internship Supervisor must have adequate experience with the Internship Agency to provide the Internship Student with the opportunity to strengthen his or her management and supervisory skills within the parameters of the student’s internship responsibilities.
4. The Agency Internship Supervisor must be able to communicate effectively with the Internship Student and the student’s Academic Internship Supervisor (English).
5. The Agency Internship Supervisor must be willing to meet with the Internship Student on a regular (weekly or bi-weekly) basis to discuss the Internship Student’s progress, strengths, and areas in need of development.
6. The Agency Internship Supervisor must be willing to complete and submit a mid-term evaluation to the student’s Academic Internship Supervisor as well as to meet with the student to discuss the evaluation. The Mid-term evaluation form will be sent by email to the Agency Internship Supervisor by the student’s Academic Internship Supervisor.
7. The Agency Internship Supervisor must be willing to complete and submit a final evaluation to the student’s Academic Internship Supervisor and make a final grade recommendation. The Final Evaluation form will be sent by email to the Agency Internship Supervisor by the student’s Academic Internship Supervisor.
8. The Agency Internship Supervisor must be willing to verify that the student has completed the total number of required hours (480 hours spring, summer, fall; 560 hours, spring, summer fall for Therapeutic Recreation students) at the conclusion of the internship experience.
Listed below are some basic principles that must be applied:
The Senior Internship is the final 12-credits in which students enroll. The internship course must be completed during the student’s final semester at ASU and can only take place after the student has successfully completed all required on-campus courses. Because students do not have to return to the ASU campus following the internship, it affords both the student and the agency the opportunity to continue the work experience after the internship is completed.
Students must meet the minimum duration requirements only and are therefore free to choose an internship that may exceed 12 or 14 weeks. After this required period is completed, the student will no longer have to report in to the Professional Development Coordinator at the ASU School of Community Resources & Development but can continue their work experience.
Yes. Internship students are engaged in an online course during their internship. Although the interns are not reporting to a classroom, they are required to report about their internship experience and submit weekly reports and assignments, complete mid term and final evaluations, as well as compile and present a final comprehensive report.