The Master's Portfolio: Internship

Internship Guidelines and Policies

Internships provide professional learning experiences for qualified students in applied settings.  Students will obtain an internship site whereby they will work for a minimum of 200 hours on projects that provide them experience in applied settings. The Internship can be started after the student has completed at least 15 hours in the OILS Master's program.  An internship learning experience will be completed while students enrolling in the Capstone course (OILS 597). Students shoudl either completed or enroll in OILS 544 (Program Evaluation) when they want to enroll in the first Capstone class. 

Coursework Relevancy

The Internship work must be related to coursework the student has taken. The worksite may be the student's current worksite, another worksite, a community site, or a research/work experience with faculty. Finding an Internship Site is the responsibility of the student. Please contact the faculty advisor for suggestions.

Internship Supervision

A student will have a Faculty Internship Supervisor and a Worksite Supervisor. The Faculty Internship Supervisor's role is to ensure the Internship experience is within the capabilities of the student, that the student has taken the requisite coursework needed to perform the work, and will serve as the chair of the three member Professional Portfolio Faculty Review Committee. The Faculty Internship Supervisor must be a tenured or tenure-track OILS faculty member. Students will request one of the regular faculty members to be the Chair of their Review Committee and to act as the Faculty Internship Supervisor. Usually the Faculty Advisor for the Internship is the student’s Master’s Advisor. The Worksite Supervisor's role is to oversee the actual work of the student while they are an Intern and to provide a written evaluation of the student's work. Internships can be paid or unpaid. Salary and other employment matters are decided between the organization sponsoring the Internship and the Intern.

Internship Proposal

Prior to the beginning of the Internship, the student will complete an Internship Proposal. The Internship Proposal will contain the following information:

  1. Student's name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail address
  2. Faculty Internship Supervisors name, title, address, phone, fax, and e-mail address
  3. Worksite Supervisor's name, title, address, phone, fax, and e-mail address
  4. Name of workplace
  5. Starting date
  6. Ending date
  7. Purpose of the Internship
  8. Objectives of Internship (To be negotiated between Intern and Worksite Supervisor)
  9. Product(s) of the Internship
  10. Requisite Skills needed by Intern
  11. Task Outline, including approximate time on each task, and how each task will be evaluated
  12. Signature of Faculty Internship Supervisor, Worksite Supervisor, and Intern

Internship Evaluation

At the conclusion of the Internship, the Worksite Supervisor will provide the Faculty Internship Supervisor with a written evaluation of the work performed by the Intern. In the case that the work has not been completed successfully, as determined by the Worksite Supervisor’s evaluation, the student will be required to complete another Internship before enrolling in OILS 596 and developing the Professional Portfolio. A checklist is provided at the back of this bulletin to help the Worksite Supervisor complete the evaluation letter. The student should print The Worksite Supervisor’s Evaluation Consideration List and give it to the Worksite Supervisor.