Guidelines for Internships
- Internships are generally reserved for students who have already completed all or most of their major field courses -- seniors or near-seniors.
- Each academic unit should limit the number of hours that may be earned by an internship, with a maximum of 12 hours. The greater the number of hours to be earned by the internship, the greater the number of hours the student would be expected to devote to his or her internship duties. The internship credit should depend on the time the student spends in the internship on duties relevant to the student's major field.
- The student must discuss the internship plan with the supervising teacher before signing up for the course. Internships are arranged individually and must be set up before registration so that proper arrangements can be made for supervision of the work, for the type and amount of work to be done, and for evaluation of the work. Unusual internships should be discussed with the Dean's office before they are approved for offering to the student.
- The internship situation must have the following components or elements before it will qualify for giving the student credit:
- It must be a position in which the student will do work that is directly related to the supervising academic unit and the areas/courses of study in that unit.
- The student must be supervised by someone at the internship location who will be in a position to oversee and evaluate the work of the intern. The specific conditions of the internship are to be worked out between this supervisor and the professor in the Louisiana Tech academic unit. The internship supervisor will compose a written evaluation of the student's work at the conclusion of the internship and send it to the supervising professor.
- A written syllabus should be produced and distributed to the student, the supervising professor, and the supervisor at the internship site before the internship begins. This syllabus should give a good idea of the work to be done, when it is to be done, and how the work will be evaluated.
- The internship situation must be one in which the student can submit strong and tangible evidence of his or her work to the supervising academic department for evaluation
- The amount of work may vary, according to the difficulty level of such work and the credit hours to be given. However, the supervising teacher should expect to receive work of the same quality and volume as would be expected in any course at the same level as the internship course for similar hours of credit.
- The interning student's grade will be determined by the supervising professor, based on the following components:
- the teacher's assessment of the student's work done during the internship
- the on-site supervisor's assessment of the student's work, with emphasis on the student's work directly applicable to the academic area
- the student's self-assessment of the internship, noting in particular how the internship contributed to the student's understanding of and ability in the field
The interning student should note the dates for beginning and ending the quarter; he or she must submit the work done and the evaluations in time for the professor to submit the course grade. This time should be set at the beginning of the quarter and should be agreeable to the student, the on-site supervisor, and the supervising academic professor.