What Faculty Need to Know

The Three Roles of Faculty

Faculty members are key partners in the credit-bearing internship program – as faculty internships supervisors, as departmental internship coordinators, and as overall proponents of academic internships.  Your support directly contributes to the success of the internship program here at Millersville University.  When faculty recommend internships to students, they listen. 

Credit-bearing internship experiences at Millersville University are considered to be academic courses. As such, there are specific requirements for all parties involved. As credit-bearing internships are reciprocal experiences, it is important that all parties understand the responsibilities involved.  Click HERE for the document specific to the roles and responsibilities of the faculty supervisor, department internship coordinator, Experiential Learning and Career Management, the student and the employer.  Below are the details for the faculty components.

Faculty Internship Supervisors

Every student’s internship is supervised by a faculty member in that student’s academic department. Effective supervision is an important key to a student’s internship success—both academically and professionally. Faculty internship supervisors assist students with developing learning goals and objectives, help structure academic reflection for the internship and montior the student's growth and learning.  Students are required to meet with their faculty internship supervisor at least five (5) times over the course of the internship with one of them meetings being a site visit (if the internship site is within 100 miles of Millersville University).  The student initiates these meetings with the faculty member.  If you are a faculty member supervising an intern, you will find the student's overview of requirements located in the Internship Handbook for Students on page 11.  The outcomes paper guidelines are on page 12 or listed separately here.

Roles and Responsibilities of Internship Faculty Supervisor:

  • Determine from the department coordinator the conditions of student assignment (internship location, duration, work function and responsibilities).
  • Accumulate a minimum of five (5) communications with the student during their intern experience. Meetings with the student should occur on at least three (3) separate occasions, one of which must be an on-site visit preferably around midterm (site visit scheduled by student), if the student's experience occurs within a 100-mile radius of Millersville University.
  • Complete mid-term on-site visitation responsibilities, including a rating/review of the student's work performance-and consultation with the student and their immediate employer supervisor.
  • Collect all student assignments and evaluations, and, based on this material and student contact, determine and report the student's grade at the end of the term.
  • Whenever possible, initiate new or expanded contacts for the development of additional internship experiences.
  • Whenever possible, assist the internship student with registration and other liaisons with campus offices.

Faculty Internship Coordinators

Each academic department coordinates its interns under the direction of an appointed faculty co-op/internship coordinator. This person is responsible for approving students to seek internships, approving new jobs targeted to students in their department, and assigning faculty supervisors, as well as problem-solving, communicating, monitoring, record-keeping, advising and more. If you are a departmental faculty internship coordinator or chairperson, or will be, you’ll find the information you need here.  The list of current internship coordinators are located in the Quick Links, too.

Roles and Responsibilities of Department Internship Coordinator:

  • Administer departmental internship program services to students.
  • Collaborate with Experiential Learning and Career Management in matters pertaining to the internship program at Millersville University.
  • Approve potential internship job sites in conjunction with Experiential Learning and Career Management.
  • Establish departmental guidelines to direct daily operational procedures.
  • Approve potential internship students who enter a candidate pool for a possible internship experience.
  • Assign a faculty supervisor (pending the Dean's approval) to a student matched with an employer in accordance with departmental policy. Complete and expedite requisite paperwork (including regular load or overload assignment and determination of cost). The coordinator may maintain a departmental file on each student completing a internship assignment.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of a qualified student applicant pool through departmental communications to academic majors and faculty.
  • Whenever possible, initiate new or expanded contacts for the development of additional internship experiences.

Student Point of View

The best way to get to know the credit-bearing internship program is to review the information we provide to our students. Even if you’ve been supervising interns for years, it is worth checking out what we are sharing with and requiring of our students.

Request for Internship form.  The first two steps required for every student interested in a credit-bearing internship.

What Students Need to Know. More information about the process of finding an internship, the academic requirements, and links for résumés, follow-up call suggestions, and more.