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Course Syllabus

Course: HFST 1997

Division: Social and Behavioral Science
Department: Education and Family Studies
Title: Home and Family Studies Internship I

Semester Approved: Spring 2019
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2024
End Semester: Fall 2024

Catalog Description: This is an internship in the Home and Family Studies Department. Students can choose an internship opportunity in Early Childhood Education, Daycare, Foods, Sewing, Human Development, or Consumer Services. Internships are temporary, on-the-job experiences intended to help students identify how their studies in the classroom apply to the workplace. Internships are individually arranged by the student in collaboration with a faculty member in the chosen discipline and a supervisor at the workplace.

This course is repeatable for up to 6 credits, with no more than 3 credits per semester. Additional fees required. Internships are typically pass/fail credits. Students desiring a grade will need to negotiate a contract with significant academic work beyond the actual work experience.


Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1-3; Lecture: 1-3; Lab: 0
Repeatable: Yes.


Justification: Internships provide students opportunities to explore career options through an engaged setting, they help students apply academic materials and skill to practical work situations, they provide valuable professional experience, and they develop interpersonal skills.

Students who participate in internship opportunities secure work more quickly and are promoted more rapidly than students who do not. Often internships work well as capstone courses. All USHE institutions offer internship opportunities to their students.

Students at Snow can enroll in up to 3 internship credits in an academic semester. No more than 6 credits can count toward the associate’s degree. Duplicate experience for additional credit is not allowed.



Student Learning Outcomes:
Understand and apply classroom material to a professional work situation.  Students will demonstrate that connection through a reflection paper, their journal entries, and in conversation with faculty mentor and work supervisor.

Develop interpersonal skills by negotiating with faculty and supervisors  Students will design an internship contract.

Develop professionalism by developing self-initiative, time management skills, effect communication skills, punctuality, and professional conduct.  This will be assessed through periodic work reviews.

Connect something from work environment back to the discipline They will demonstrate this in their journals, reflections, and in conversation with their faculty mentors. If more than one credit is contracted for then students will also complete a portfolio and/or a work project.


Content:
This will be determined collaboratively by student, faculty mentor, and job supervisor. The internship contract uses a student’s academic and professional interests to serve as the intellectual starting points for developing a semester-long project. Together the student, faculty adviser, and work-site supervisor will design a project that meets the following criteria:
1) Aligns with the student’s academic program,
2) Offers the student an opportunity to significantly expand their current knowledge and skill set; and
3) Aligns with the student’s professional pursuits.

To qualify for an internship, a student must be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA); have completed 30 semester hours or have instructor permission; and ideally have completed coursework that relates to the work experience.


Key Performance Indicators:
To receive credit for an internship, a student needs to work in the profession at least 45 hours for each credit. For each credit awarded, students must complete a portfolio or work project.

Work Supervisor Evaluation 20 to 25%

Work Documentation 5 to 10%

Reflection Essay 10 to 15%

Journal 10 to 15%

Portfolio/Work Project 0 to 40%


Pedagogy Statement:
This credit is earned in a hands-on, lab type experience. The role of the teacher is to mentor, evaluate, and assign a grade.

Instructional Mediums:
Internship

Maximum Class Size: 4
Optimum Class Size: 2