There are so many ways for you to enhance your students’ learning by providing opportunities to apply their classroom knowledge to hands-on experience. You can:
- Mentor a student intern
- Collaborate with business and industry in your classroom on solving their challenges
- Have your students work on off-site professional projects
- Integrate service learning opportunities into your curriculum
- Sponsor volunteer opportunities
Here are some guidelines and resources for advising your student intern.
Visit our Internship Credit by Major page to see the specific requirements for each major.
Steps for Faculty Advisor/Career Mentors
- Review and provide feedback on the student’s revised Learning Contract.
- The student creates the Learning Contract in the second week of seminar and will have a revised version the fourth week of classes
- The contract outlines the student’s academic goals and objectives in the internship, the activities they will participate in to accomplish those goals, and verification of these achievements
- Discuss the connection between coursework completed in relation to the internship (any theories/concepts/approaches applicable)
- Provide the student with resources such as:
Publications, articles, professional associations and/or names of colleagues in the field that can assist the student with achieving their strategic goals
During the Semester
- Review and provide feedback on the Student’s Midterm Evaluation.
Both the student and agency supervisor complete evaluations for review
- Review and provide feedback on the Student’s Portfolio-in-progress.
The Portfolio is a visual testament to the student’s learning experience towards attainment of learning objectives.
- Provide feedback on the career or graduate school informational interview.
This is essential if the Faculty Advisor/Career Mentor provided contact information for the professional the student interviewed
Experiential Learning Courses
A SAKAI experiential learning playground has been established for faculty to share resources like affiliation agreements with community partners, professional development lectures, supervisor and student sample evaluations, learning contract development and sample learning contracts as well as web based portfolio tutorials.
To access this content:
- Log in to the SAKAI website
- Under ‘My Workspace’, go to ‘Membership’
- Within ‘Joinable Sites’, search for ‘ELCE Playground’