Guidelines and Responsibilities

For Students, Faculty Sponsors, and Site Supervisors

The 495 Senior Internship is designed to be a significant and valuable work place experience that allows students to apply their academic experience and skills in a real world setting. By understanding the process and requirements, and by planning ahead, your internship can be a great experience.

Click here for the Guidelines and Responsibilities for Students, Faculty Sponsors, and Site Supervisors.

Part A: Student Intern Responsibilities

I. Time Commitment and Credits

The Curriculum Committee has established the following requirements for internships:

  • 200 Level Internship: 96-120 hours for 4 credits, and 8-12 hours per week during the semester.
  • 400 Level Internship: minimum of 192 hours for 6 credits over 12 weeks during the semester.
  • 400 Level Internship for a double major: a minimum of 16 hours a week for 8 credits, and attendance at seminars for both majors

II. Academic Requirements and Responsibilities

Academic and site responsibilities and requirements must be specified in the contract and which must be signed by the necessary parties. Any revisions must be submitted no later than mid-semester. It is the intern’s responsibility to understand these requirements, and, in signing her contract, she is committing herself those requirements.

  • Internship and Academic Responsibilities
    The site responsibilities are developed by the site supervisor and the student with input and approval from the faculty sponsor. Academic responsibilities are developed by the faculty sponsor. Level 495 internships have specific academic guidelines and requirements including: participation in a weekly seminar, recording internship activities in a journal, and regular meetings with the faculty sponsor.
  • Mid-Semester Self-Evaluation
    In this evaluation, the student provides an assessment of her internship experience. At this time only, can contracts be revised, but an addendum to the existing contract, or a new contract, must be signed
    by the site supervisor and faculty sponsor. At no time, thereafter, can revisions be made.
  • Site Supervisor Evaluation
    The Site Supervisor provides an evaluation of the students internship performance at the end of the semester. The evaluation must be reviewed and signed by the faculty sponsor and the intern.
  • Internship Summary Report
    Students submit a brief summary of their internship experience which are kept on file to share with rising seniors when they are researching internship sites. They are also used by the College to insure that internship placements are meaningful for PMC students. Summaries include a description of the experiences and skills gained at the internship site, an evaluation of the site in terms of its value as an internship placement, and an examination of the relationship between the internship and the student’s academic and career goals. The summary is NOT a substitute for the final paper that is required by the faculty, but s/he may use it as part of the criteria for determining student grades.

III. Workplace Standards and Professionalism

Internships are comparable to real jobs in a real workplace, and interns are expected to adhere to high standards of professional behavior, as well as any specific requirements at their internship site. PMC has an excellent reputation of responsible and hard-working interns who are ambassadors for PMC in the community.

Part B: Faculty Sponsor Responsibilities

The faculty sponsor facilitates and evaluates the student’s academic and hands-on experience to promote a high-quality internship experience. S/he develops the academic expectations and responsibilities, and works with the student and site supervisor on the learning objectives for the student.

I. Academic Requirements

  • 400 Level Internships
    Coordinators have established formal academic guidelines for 400-level internships. Please refer to them when sponsoring such an internship.
  • 200 Level Internships
    The faculty sponsor sets the academic requirements, such as, specific texts or articles, written papers
    or reports, or visits to similar sites. Academic expectations must be clearly stated on the contract and may be revised no later than the mid-semester deadline.

II. Grading and Evaluation

Grading criteria for 400 Level Internships are specified in the Academic Guidelines established by Faculty Coordinators. For 200 Level Internships, Faculty Sponsors must enumerate in the contract the specific criteria to be used in grading, and this information must be reviewed with the student. After the student has completed her internship, has been graded, and all forms have been reviewed, the Faculty Sponsor should submit the Intern Evaluation.

III. Communications with Students and Site Supervisors

Faculty Sponsors should meet regularly with students to monitor the student’s progress, and students and Faculty Sponsors and students should together review the Mid-Semester Self-Evaluation and the Site Supervisor Evaluation. Attention should be paid to the student’s journal entries, work toward completion, etc. Faculty Sponsors should establish communications with site supervisors early in the semester, and should visit the internship site at least once in the semester to evaluate of the student’s performance.

Part C: Site Supervisor’s Responsibilities

The Site Supervisor is expected to:

  • Develop and review with the student intern, a specific description of responsibilities she is expected to perform. Site Supervisors should feel free to contact Faculty Sponsors for input.
  • Serve as the intern’s supervisor, and establish the methods that will be used in supervising. These should be reviewed with the intern at the beginning of the internship. Regular supervisory meetings will help the intern and the supervisor to realize the best possible outcomes from the internship.
  • Complete the Site Supervisor Portion of the Internship Contract, and sign other portions of the Contract as appropriate. She/he should return contract documents to the intern to allow her to meet her paperwork deadlines.
  • Be available to the Faculty Sponsor and/or Coordinator of Career Services & Experiential Learning for consultation and/or site visits.
  • Meet with the intern to review, discuss, and sign the Mid-semester Self-evaluation by the deadline.
  • Complete the Site Supervisor Student Evaluation and review it with the student at the end of the semester. Complete the Site Supervisor Inquiry Form. Both of these documents should be returned directly to the Office of Career Services & Experiential Learning.