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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


October 3, 2005

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Jannis Floyd, Retan Center 208-D, ext. 4795,

Catalog Description


Internships are capstone experiences that allow students to integrate academic and applied learning in many Mansfield programs. They are normally undertaken during the junior or senior year, after the student has a sufficient academic background to prepare for the experience. Students work closely with faculty members to select appropriate placements that provide supervised opportunities to apply knowledge and skills. All internships must have clear goals and objectives that are related to students’ areas of study. Internships are focused on new learning and must be completed concurrently with enrollment. Faculty supervisors remain in contact with students throughout the experience and normally visit them at the internship site. Students are also required to submit periodic and final reports based on the internship to their faculty supervisors.

Departments set criteria that define student eligibility for an internship. When a request to undertake the internship has been approved within an academic program, students submit a formal application to the registrar’s office at least 2 weeks prior to the intended start of the experience. This application identifies the internship site and the site supervisor, starting and ending dates for the experience, and clear goals. The application must be endorsed by a faculty internship supervisor and the appropriate department chairperson and approved by the Dean of the Faculty. Internships are normally taken for 6 to 12 credit hours. In most instances a week of full-time supervised experience, or the equivalent on a part-time basis, would equate to 1 credit hour of academic work. No more than 12 credit hours may count toward the total required for graduation.



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