Academic Frameworks for Internships

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ACADEMIC FRAMEWORKS
Giving internship credit where it’s due.
The Point
Many more than one option for amplifying &
maximizing the learning inherent in an internship so
that students may earn credit.
Pitch the academic framework
that suits your campus!
Academic Internship Frameworks
Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant
Take-Aways
Agenda
• (At least) 4 types of
internship syllabi
• Style & features suited
to your campus
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Welcome & Overview (3)
Buzzfeed Quiz (5)
Syllabus Types (5)
Syllabus Features (5)
• [Bonus Content] Dealing
with difficult departments
Academic Internship Frameworks
Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant
http://tinyurl.com/BFIntern
Career Education/ Professional
Development Course
Internships as professional development.
Academic Internship Frameworks
Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant
Career Education/ Professional
Development Course
• Career-readiness focus on
campus
• Powerful Career Education
Office
• Serving tuition-conscious
students
• Room for centralized policies
and processes
• Objectives: professional
experience and marketable skills
St. Mary's College in Maryland Example:
http://www.smcm.edu/careercenter
Academic Internship Frameworks
Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant
Ethnography/Organizational
Behavior Course
Internships as field study sites.
Academic Internship Frameworks
Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant
Ethnography/Organizational
Behavior Course
• Liberal arts ethos on campus
• Curricularly conservative faculty
• Room for centralized policies
and processes
• Desire to attach a course to a
department
• Objectives: organizational
behavior knowledge and/or
ethnographic skills
University of Virginia example:
http://www.coopercenter.org/uip
Academic Internship Frameworks
Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant
Placement Discipline Course(s)
Internships as critical learning spaces for majors.
Academic Internship Frameworks
Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant
Placement Discipline Course(s)
• Focus on students earning
major credit abroad
• Majors requiring internships
• Curricularly conservative faculty
• Decentralized policies and
processes
• Objective: connecting
theoretical frameworks of a
discipline to practice
A common model.
Arcadia’s Business Administration Internship in Sicily:
http://studyabroad.arcadia.edu/files/resources/mcasinlf310s.pdf
Academic Internship Frameworks
Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant
Research Course
Internships as projects.
Academic Internship Frameworks
Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant
Research Course
• Undergraduate research focus
on campus
• Hopes of students earning major
credit, but capacity doesn’t allow
for a different internship course
for each major
• Objective: Applying academic
research methods to a practical
work experience & an
intellectual context to the world
of work.
Arcadia University’s model: http://studyabroad.arcadia.edu/find-a-program/internships/
Here is our London syllabus:
http://studyabroad.arcadia.edu/files/resources/loniinpr310.pdf
Academic Internship Frameworks
Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant
Why internships abroad?
Beyond Placements,
Simplistic Course Design
Learning Outcomes Related to...
Syllabus Features To Start With
Content Mastery
Lectures, Seminars, & Term
Papers
Student-generated goals
1:1 Tutorials
Meaning Making
Journals, Reflective Papers,
Peer-to-Peer Debriefing
Research Skills
Term Papers
Communication Skills
Presentations, Memos
Job Search Readiness
Interviews, Resumes
Learning by doing
Iterative Process
Academic Internship Frameworks
Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant
The Point
Many more than one strong option for amplifying &
maximizing the learning inherent in an internship so
that students may earn credit.
Pitch the academic framework
that suits your campus!
Academic Internship Frameworks
Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant
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