Academic Affairs Committee
October 3, 2005
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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