Experiential Learning: doing to learn, not just learning to do
By engaging your students in experiential learning opportunities, you’ll help them:
- Build their résumés and network with potential employers
- Gain real-world experience and decide on a major
- Explore new interests and learn more efficiently
- Become better students in the classroom
- Find more meaning in schoolwork
Information about INTERNSHIPS
Review the following expectations and credit-hour information, and contact your assistant dean with questions.
The STUDENT is responsible for:
- Securing both a placement site and a faculty sponsor (the internship placement can take a while to secure, and usually involves submitting a résumé, etc., so the process of searching for a placement site should be started several months before the desired start date).
- Ensuring the Learning Contract for Experiential Education is completed and submitted in a timely manner.
- Scheduling her/his hours appropriately so that the expected number of hours can be completed within a given semester.
- Carrying out the Job Requirements and Evaluation Requirements listed on the Learning Contract.
- Clearly stating expectations of the intern on the Learning Contract.
- Providing a wholly educational experience, especially if unpaid (i.e. no “grunt work” unrelated to the listed Job Requirements).
- Mentoring the student intern by giving her/him exposure to various aspects of a particular career and engaging her/him in meaningful work.
- Responding to requests for information from the student and/or faculty sponsor for the purpose of evaluating progress.
- Assisting with identifying potential placement sites as necessary.
- Working with student to identify appropriate Educational Objectives and Evaluation Requirements.
- Maintaining regular contact with both the student and the placement supervisor to ensure both parties are meeting expectations.
- Evaluating student work (may take placement supervisor evaluations into account or not), providing regular feedback, and assigning a grade.
45 HOURS ON-SITE = 1 CREDIT-HOUR
- Therefore, a three-credit internship requires the completion of at least 135 hours on-site; six credits requires 270 hours.
- Up to six credits can be earned in a single semester for an internship experience.
- Time spent completing assignments listed in the Learning Contract under “Evaluation Requirements” does not count towards the 45 hours/credit.
- To infuse your existing course with experiential learning, refer to the Experiential Learning Checklist and Activity Assessment for guidance.
- To help your student locate potential placement sites, try contacting a community partner.
- Make sure all expectations have been recorded by completing the Learning Contract for Experiential Education (required) and the (optional) Partnership Checklist.
- Frame your journal requirements, encourage reflection, and evaluate changes in your student by using the Framework for Reflective Practice.
- A sampling of articles and other tools are available here or by contacting your assistant dean.