Undergraduate Internships

Integrating Internships into Undergraduate Education

This project will design an innovative instructional environment to support and structure credit-earning internships, ensuring that they are rigorous experiences well integrated into students’ undergraduate education.

The key to an academically valuable internship experience is a student’s capacity for experiential learning: organizing everyday experiences into structured, intentional inquiry.  To date, the best way to do that has been to require the completion of learning contracts and/or preparatory coursework before the internship, and written assignments after students return to campus.  Separated in time from the internship work itself, these requirements are of limited utility in ensuring academic rigor.  Contemporary educational technology, however, provides the means to engage students in real time during the internship itself, for example: arranging opportunistic research based on the content of the internship work; integrating work experience with academic content; facilitating peer-to-peer learning among students interning at far-flung locations.  This project will investigate options like these to design a suite of instructional components–online and on campus–to serve as the scaffolding for a new, more robust internship program, providing a template for adoption and innovation by units across campus.

Project Team:

Gregg Crane, Professor and Director of the Program in the Environment, College of Literature, Science and the Arts and School of Natural Resources and Environment
Phil D’Anieri, Program in the Environment, College of Literature, Science and the Arts
Jason Duvall, Program in the Environment, College of Literature, Science and the Arts
Aileen Kim, Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, College of Literature, Science and the Arts
Jeff Stanzler, School of Education
Rachael Criso, College of Literature, Science and the Arts
Elizabeth Pariano, LSA Internship Coordinator
Marjorie Horton, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Literature, Science and the Arts
David Smith, Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, College of Literature, Science and the Arts