MIT 542

Internship in Instructional Technology

|Course Description | Credit & Pay | Procedure for Students | Roles & Responsibilities | Site Registration form

Course Description

A minimum of 45 hours at work location is required. Students must have completed a minimum of 18 credit hours of their core and focus area courses including MIT 540 and 541 before applying for internship. The internship experience is a collaborative undertaking by the student, faculty member, and site supervisor. Although the primary responsibility for a successful internship experience rests with the student, the faculty member, site supervisor, and the student should all be involved in the design, monitoring, and evaluation of the experience.

Internship provides an ideal opportunity to test theory in practice and to gain experience in a realistic instructional technology projects.  The internship experience is expected to be mutually beneficial for the host organization and the student.  Internship may take place in a variety of settings (e.g., public or private schools, colleges or universities, government agencies, public or private consulting firms, health services, or business and industry) and for a wide range of responsibilities. Students who are seeking M level licensure degree must complete their internship in a school setting.  Regardless of the setting, the work experience may include but not limited to the following areas:

During internship the student works under the guidance of an on site professional, who serves as a supervisor/manager in the host organization. The work done by the student is guided by learning objectives agreed to by the faculty member, the site supervisor and the student. Throughout the course of internship, the student reflects upon, analyzes, and comments on the work and work environment to frame the experience.

Upon completion of the internship, the student will understand and be able to:

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Internships: Credit and Pay

Interns spend a minimum of 45 hours per credit earned at the work site.  These credits may be earned in one semester and at one or more sites.

Some internships are paid, other are not. An intern may receive both credit and pay if the latter is available at the site.

An intern may not receive credit for a job at which he/she is already working or at which he/she knows he/she will be working once the internship is finished. The internship is a focused work experience with a first purpose of broadening learning with the second purpose of providing meaningful work for the site.

An intern may participate in an internship at the same work site at which he/she is employed only if the internship is distinctively different from the regular job.

All internships, paid or unpaid, must meet the learning criteria in this policy.

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Procedure for Student

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Roles and Responsibilities

A.  Student

Students in consultation with the MIT faculty advisor have primary responsibility for selecting internship site and structuring internship experiences.  Specifically, the student is responsible for:

  1. Defining learning objectives. The student must write clear, succinct, and measurable objectives.

  2. Selecting and interviewing for internship position. The amount and level of preparation for each site may vary. Final authority for approval of internship site resumes with the program coordinator.

  3. Planning with the faculty supervisor and site supervisor for evaluation. Before beginning the internship, students are responsible for determining exactly what will be expected from the faculty supervisor and the site supervisor for grading/evaluating the learning of the course and site work. Faculty may expect students to provide documentation of learning in the form of written papers, oral reports, journals, etc., in addition to the evaluation provided by the supervisor.  It is essential that the faculty supervisorís and the site supervisorís expectations are complementary.

  4. Registering for credit and submitting the learning contract. It is the studentís responsibility to submit a completed learning contract (including signature of the student, faculty supervisor, and the site supervisor) and to register for the course.

  5. Making a work contribution to the host organization/division as well as gaining an educational experience.

  6. Submitting the signed learning contracts to the faculty supervisor and at the end of the experience assuring that the contract with site supervisorís evaluation is returned to the faculty supervisor.

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B.  Faculty Supervisor

The faculty member teaching the course has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that a student has fulfilled the terms of the learning agreement. The faculty supervisor is specifically responsible for:

  1. Approving the site placement. The faculty member is integral to the appropriate placement for the student. Often a series of negotiated discussions are necessary during the placement process.

  2. Approving the learning plan. The student submits a learning plan developed in consultation with the site supervisor. When the faculty supervisor, the studentís advisor, and the site supervisor sign the agreement, they are agreeing that the internship is an acceptable learning experience and appropriate to the particular work environment; that the credit hours are appropriate; that the learning objectives are suitable and measurable; that the work expectations are clear; that the criteria for evaluation have been defined; and that meeting between student, faculty supervisor, and the site supervisor have been arranged.

  3. Monitoring the student. The faculty supervisor should be in contact with the student regularly in order to determine whether or not the student is meeting his/her learning objectives and to provide guidance to the student regarding his/her learning. Contact (by e-mail, by phone, in writing, or in person) may also be made with the site supervisor. The faculty member, the site supervisor, or the student may request a visit to the site if the site is in or near Wilmington. Each student supervised should be afforded individual attention. Faculty should not attempt to supervise more students that can be given appropriate attention.

  4. Evaluating the studentís performance. Evaluation is a shared responsibility with the site supervisor. The faculty supervisor assigns the final grade of S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory).

  5. Determining liability. The faculty supervisor should check with the MIT program coordinator to determine if the host agencyís insurance covers the student. If an agency has no means for covering a student, the faculty supervisor may require that a student sign a waiver of liability and/or require the student to purchase volunteerís insurance.

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C.  Site Supervisor/Manager

Although the student is ultimately responsible for his/her own learning, the site supervisor has the major responsibility for ensuring that a professional work experience is provided for the student. The supervisor must:

  1. Be the individual with primary responsibility for the student at the host site.
  2. Be an experienced instructional technologist
  3. Have access to the authority that can commit the organization to an agreement
  4. Understand that the student is there to earn, as well as work

The specific responsibilities of the site supervisor include:

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Student Work (Beyond the Learning Contract):

In addition to evaluating an individual studentís performance, it is essential to obtain evaluative information from students, faculty and field supervisors about the field experience itself.

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Designed and developed by Mahnaz Moallem, approved by MIT Program Committee, 2001