Academic Internships: Faculty Sponsors

The primary responsibility of an Academic Internship Faculty Sponsor is to work with the Student Intern to develop an academic syllabus comparable to the syllabus of any upper-division course in the curriculum and to provide on-going feedback relating to academic work.

Students receive academic credit for complementary academic work which augments their internship fieldwork experience. Students partner with their Faculty Sponsor to create an academic syllabus to be included in their Academic Internship (Faculty Sponsored) Learning Agreement which is due to the Internship Coordinator by the add deadline of each term. Essential components of the syllabus include:

  • A list of academic topics/questions to be addressed
  • A list of learning objectives to be achieved
  • The reading and/or research requirements relevant to the topics and learning objectives
  • The assignments or progress reports (including due dates)
  • A final project, paper, report, or thesis
  • The regular schedule of days and meeting times consisting of at least 35 hours for independent research and consultation with the Faculty Sponsor
  • The date during final examination period for the student to submit a Self-Assessment/Site Evaluation
  • The grading criteria

Complete Academic Internship Guidelines, as approved by the Curriculum Committee on April 18, 2008 include:

  • General overview of Academic Internship units
  • Eligibility
  • Requirements
  • Grading
  • Designation
  • Credit