Getting an internship should not be a last minute endeavor. Students who take the time to search out their options are usually rewarded with an internship that meets or exceeds their expectations. To help the student in this process the following checklist is presented. Students are expected to note the important dates (indicated in BOLD) presented in this checklist and to work with their advisor to meet these deadlines. For some students this may mean weekly meetings with their advisors while for other students two or three meeting throughout the semester will suffice. Please keep this checklist and document your progress throughout the semester preceding the internship by entering the date that each task is completed.
1. Meet with your advisor during the first two weeks of the semester prior to doing your internship . Create a timetable for handing in the following assignments during the first half of the semester:
Student's goals and objectives for the internship – What do you want to learn?
Student assessment of his/her strengths and weaknesses – What kind of experiences do you need or want in your internship?
What other considerations do you need to consider in finding an internship? (certifications, geographical locations, others, compensation, population served, etc.)
2. By Mid semester, develop a short list of potential places for an internship. Each list should include at least 3 possible internship sites. Students will be expected to contact each of these sites for more information about their internship program.
3. During the second half of the semester prior to your internship meet with your advisor to identify the best internship site to meet your needs. This may entail having your advisor talk directly to your internship supervisor.
4. Check with the instructor of Recreation 380 to make sure you have meet all the requirements of this course. YOU CANNOT START YOUR INTERNSHIP UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED RECREATION 380.
5. Attend the mandatory internship meeting during reading recess prior to exams . At this meeting you must present Calvin's internship supervisor all the following placement information:
- Name and address of the agency
- Name, phone number and email of your immediate supervisor (internship supervisor).
- Fax number of agency (supervisor)
- Student information during the internship – Name, local address, telephone number, and email address.
- An updated list of your goals and objectives which you can present to your internship supervisor during your first week of work.
- Proof that there is an affiliation agreement between Calvin and your agency. As soon as you have been offered and have accepted an internship work with your advisor to make sure this in place before this meeting.
- During this mandatory meeting, all academic requirements for the internship will be presented and discussed.
6. Register for either Recreation 346 (12 credits) or Recreation 390 (3 credits).
7. Contact your Calvin internship supervisor the first week of your placement. Make sure to include all the information requested in the first journal entry.