Getting Your Internship Approved

Every effort will be made to accommodate the student's wishes in terms of the type of placement or specific location of the internship. However, there are two levels of approval which must be given prior to the beginning of the internship. First, approval must be secured from the internship site itself. Students are encouraged to initiate and carry through a search through their networks and contacts and to request an interview where expectations are addressed. The first priority should be that the internship provide a learning experience in which new tasks, responsibilities and skills are likely to develop and that a site supervisor will be available to guide the process. Clear communication concerning the mutual expectations of the student and the site supervisor as exactly what the internship will entail, will ensure this objective is accomplished.

A second type of approval must be obtained from your advisor. In most cases, if the above communication and information is obtained the advisor will be prepared to approve student preferences. However, this approval will be contingent upon an assessment of the types of tasks and activities the student will be involved in as to whether these fulfil the objectives of the program. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain these approvals