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Internship Report Guidelines
Interns are required to submit a written account of their Internship. To receive academic credit or complete a non-credit Internship, the student must submit a full report of the experience 20 calendar days into the following term of enrollment after the Internship. Revisions are accepted following the first submission, but an approved report must be on file by the end of the term following the Internship.
The internship report must include proposal information and is a separate document with different readers. The report to the Internship Committee is required regardless of other publication or written work that comes out of the experience. Journals, published works, photographs, or recordings may be submitted in addition to the Internship report, and often act as important supplementary material, but these do not replace the report itself.
Because completing the Internship requirement rests upon the content of the Internship report, students should stress what they learned through the experience that they had not known before. The report should be written objectively with specific examples of new concepts or ideas. It should not be a personal account of your time or how you felt about the job. The report should offer observations on how the real world works. Meeting the Internship requirement is based on the report and how the experience broadens the student's perspective beyond the actual work performance. The report should demonstrate to the reader that something new and interesting was learned through specific examples. The student should expect requests for revisions from the committee. Examples of actual Internship reports are available in the Internship Office, and the Internship Report Guidelines can be found here.
A report on a ten-week experience that consists of less than five typed pages may be superficial, but one very much longer than that may need tightening up. The report becomes part of your permanent file in the Internship Office so attention must be paid to organization, grammar, spelling, and typing. Students are required to have a signature from the Writing Center verifying that the report has been reviewed and edited prior to its submission to the Internship Director.
All returning Interns will discuss their experiences as part of a presentation to the Internship Committee and COA community. Returning Interns will present a general overview of the internship, new skills acquired, major accomplishments, and the influence on their academic focus and future goals. The presentation will serve to enhance the Interns' perspectives on writing the report and will offer returning interns opportunities to educate and inform the COA community.
- Submit materials described in your Internship proposal — journals, photographs, work plans.
- Expect requests for revision from committee members. The Writing Center must sign the first draft copy prior to submission to Internship Committee.
When the committee has approved your Internship experience completely, the Internship Program Director submits a written evaluation about the Internship combining excerpts from the proposal and report and quotes from the sponsor's evaluation. The Internship Program Director's written evaluation becomes part of your COA transcript and will be sent with your course evaluations every time you make a transcript request. Your internship file (internship proposal, resume, letter of commitment from sponsor, internship report, and sponsor's evaluation) will remain in the Internship Office.