Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I get started with internship?
A: The first step to getting started with the internship is to meet with the Internship Coordinator as early as possible. There are mandatory internship workshops each Spring and Fall. Pay attention to announcements and be sure to attend a workshop. Students should also carefully review the information presented in this website. Print out the checklist for guidance.
Q: What types of work are students expected to do during their internships?
A: As a professional-in-training, an intern is expected to work on managerial/administrative activities. These might include developing programs, evaluation strategies, budgets, and/or new procedures. Obviously, since the student is not a professional employee of the organization, s/he works closely with the supervisor on all projects. The intern should not engage in direct services to clients, transporting others, perform office duties (to a great extent), and/or manual labor.
Q: I currently work full-time and do not have time to complete a 300-hour internship in addition to my job, so how do I meet that requirement?
A: Students are often able to complete the internship requirement during their normal working hours at their place of employment. In some cases, if students have significant administrative experience (at least three years) in a variety of fundamental administrative areas, the internship requirement may be waived at the department's discretion. You should meet with the Internship Coordinator to discuss your particular situation.
Q: What happens if my site supervisor leaves the organization during my internship?
A: First, do not panic! Once you are informed that s/he is leaving, work with your current supervisor to identify a suitable replacement. You may not be able to wait until the position is filled again, as that often takes considerable time. Once a new supervisor is identified, have a three-way meeting with both your current and new supervisors to ensure continuity. Provide copies of all past paperwork, products, and important information to the new person. Try to include this new person in all activities, or at least keep him/her informed until the switch takes place. If the change is sudden, work with the administrator at the next higher level to identify an appropriate supervisor and proceed as described above. Be sure to notify your supervising professor in the MPA program immediately.
Q: I have completed the 300 hours of my internship. What requirements do I need to have on file to get a grade of satisfactory?
A: Type and submit a 3-4 page memo (single-spaced) giving a summary of your internship, along with the Final Intern Evaluation Form, from the Site Supervisor.