Information For Faculty

The Three Roles of Faculty with the Credit-Bearing Internship Program

Faculty members are key partners in the credit-bearing internship program – as faculty internships supervisors, as departmental internship coordinators, and as overall advocates for academic internships.  Your support directly contributes to the success of the students and 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 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 the student’s academic department.

As a student’s faculty internship supervisor, you are the vital link between the employer and the university, and the key academic mentor for the student regarding their internship.

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 monitor 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.  The outcomes paper guidelines are listed in the handbook, too, 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. Here is an outline of what we provide the students regarding the "5 meetings".  You may hold more than five meetings - we recommend at least five:
    • 1st meeting/planning, create learning objectives/create goals
    • 2nd meeting/review goals
    • 3rd meeting/progress reports
    • 4th meeting/site visits (Allows you to evaluate the employer/internship site/placement for student, allows student to show what was learned and accomplished, discuss any issues.  Also opportunity to build relationships with the employer for your department, the university, for ELCM)
    • 5th meeting/evaluations
  • 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.

The last step (#7) of the credit-bearing internship process is the internship registration form.  Click HERE for an example of the internship registration form.  When the students attend their internship registration session, they receive an internship agreement form - it is their checklist of what needs to be completed for the academic internship.  Click HERE for an example of the internship requirements document.

Current Outcomes Paper Guidelines

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