The program director determines the appropriateness of a student's previous health care experience, and if an internship experience - usually two semesters - is required as part of the student's academic program. The decision is based upon documentation of academic background, professional history, and area of major experience.
As noted above, internship should be carefully planned. At the beginning of the experience, the student should identify some intentional, self-designed academic and personal learning objectives to be approved by their faculty supervisor (ordinarily a full-time faculty member in the department in which the student wishes to earn the credits. The first internship will be scheduled after the successful completion of no less than six courses in the bachelorship curriculum. For those with prior experience and those who must complete a second internship, the second internship should be scheduled immediately before or concurrent with the capstone integrative course within the department.
Generally, students may not complete an internship in their place of employment. Exceptions to this rule may be approved on a case by case basis by the Program Director.
As a general rule, the preceptor and the student should have the learning contract completed and signed no later than two weeks after the start of the semester. The student shall also provide the name, position, site, and overview of the preceptor. This information is to be provided to the Program's Director by email or hand delivered. Failure to meet the two-week time frame may delay the completion of the internship and require the student to retake the course. Further, a grade will not be provided if these requirements are not met.
Prior to the semester in which the student wishes to complete the internship, he or she should:
1. Identify the off-campus site (some on-campus internships may qualify if there is a clear linkage to off-campus people, organizations, and/or communities).
2. Make contact with the internship supervisor on-site and establish a schedule. Typically, a minimum of 160 hours should be devoted to the internship over an academic term(s) for 4 course credits, and 80 hours for 2 course credits.
3. Enroll in a 400 internship in the student’s department or program. The faculty supervisor and the director or preceptor will sign off on the student registration.
4. Begin to identify the learning objectives for the experience, usually in dialogue with the faculty and site supervisor.
Past experience has demonstrated that the most effective internships are those selected by the students themselves. Faculty advisors may participate as facilitators for this process by allowing students to select a potential internship site from a list of institutions that offer internship opportunities to HARCO students. The Director has a list of Preceptors who may be available to work with the students should the student have difficulty selecting a Preceptor. In order to be successful and to avoid any delays, students should begin to identify potentials preceptors three to six months prior to the start of the internship.
Students should initiate the internship advisement process prior to the appropriate academic semester (see your program director) so that an appropriate experience may be arranged in the following term(s). All students requesting an internship slot must contact their faculty advisor at least thirty (30) days prior to the published registration for the requested semester and provide the advisor with the following information:
Next, the student meets with the prospective preceptor at the internship site to formalize the internship experience. This involves a written learning contract which specifies:
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