If at anytime in the semester
you would like a representative from the internships programs to visit your classroom and present on the program requirements,
please call 874-2160 and we would be delighted to assist.
When advising your students
about participating in an internship, here are the main points to remember:
- A student must have
60+ credits to participate and a 2.5 GPA or higher
- 9 or more elective
- Students earn 300
- A 3 credit professional
development seminar compliments the learning experience
- Students can participate
in fall, spring or summer semesters
- Summer session is
May through July for a program fee at a significantly reduced rate
- Internship Advisors
are available to assist students throughout the week
The Faculty Advisor/Career Mentor Component
Students participating in the URI Internship program enroll in a weekly 3-credit professional development seminar instructed by members of the internship department staff. In addition to the seminar, we require the intern to work with a faculty member specializing in the student’s field of interest. The addition of the Faculty Advisor/Career Mentor component will provide the student with a more complete learning experience in his/her field of interest.
The Role of the Faculty Advisor/Career Mentor
The mission of the Internship Program is to foster academic experiential learning opportunities for students in all majors. A vital component of connecting internship experience with academic learning comes from the connections students make with Faculty Advisor/Career Mentor. The student will approach a faculty member from his/her academic department to request assistance throughout the semester of the internship. The role of the Faculty Advisor/Career Mentor is to assist the student in linking classroom learning to the workplace, connecting academic theory to professional practice. We require students to meet with Faculty Advisor/Career Mentor at the start of the semester in order to assist the student from the beginning of the internship experience.
During the Initial Meeting the Faculty Advisor/Career Mentor will:
Review and provide feedback on the student’s revised Learning Contract.
- The student creates the Learning Contract in the second week of seminar and will have a revised version the fourth week of classes
- The contract outlines the student’s academic goals and objectives in the internship, the activities they will participate in to accomplish those goals, and verification of these achievements
- Discuss the connection between coursework completed in relation to the internship (any theories/concepts/approaches applicable)
Provide the student with resources such as:
- Publications, articles, professional associations and/or names of colleagues in the field that can assist the student with achieving their strategic goals
Throughout the Course of the Semester:
Review and provide feedback on the Student’s Midterm Evaluation.
- Both the student and agency supervisor complete evaluations for review
Review and provide feedback on the Student’s Portfolio-in-progress.
- The Portfolio is a visual testament to the student’s learning experience towards attainment of learning objectives.
Provide feedback on the career or graduate school informational interview.
- This is essential if the Faculty Advisor/Career Mentor provided contact information for the professional the student interviewed
- The Faculty Advisor/Career Mentor will not be grading the student.
- The student may submit the above assignments in person or via email, according to the Faculty Advisor/Career Mentor’s preferences.
- Additional meetings are appreciated, but certainly not a requirement of the Faculty Advisor/Career Mentor component.