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When can I do an internship?
Where do I do my internships?
How many hours do I have to do?
Are there prerequisites?
What kinds of things will I be doing?
What kind of supervision will I receive?
What happens during site visits?
Are there papers and tests?
What about readings?
What happens in the Internship Seminar?
Who grades me?
How do I apply?
Is there an interview?

When can I do an internship?
There are two internships in the program, and they are done starting in the spring of the junior year. Students have the option to do the first internship in the fall of the senior year instead and transfer students may need to wait until fall of the senior year. The second internship can be done in any semester after the first is completed.

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Where do I do my internships?
There are literally hundreds of placements available in the Greater Hartford area. You will work with an advisor to find a placement that suits your needs. The Human Services Internship Data Base is a good place to start. You can search the data base and get some basic information on the agencies. More detailed information can be accessed once your application is accepted.

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How many hours do I have to do?
The first internship, which is 3 credits, requires 115 hours for the semester. That works out to about 10 hours a week, assuming you begin on time and end a little before exams. The second internship is 225 hours, or about 20 hours a week. Both internships also have an on-campus seminar that is required and it meets for 75 minutes each week.

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Are there prerequisites?
To do the beginning internship you must have completed the following courses or their equivalents:

EDF 120 Introduction to Education and Human Services
EDH 120 Psychology of Exceptionalities
EDP 132 Human Development
And at least one of the following (two is preferable):
EDG 330 Group Functions in Human Services
EDG 331 Helping Skills
EDG 332 Appraisal and Evaluation
EDG 333 People in Systems

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What kinds of things will I be doing?
After you get oriented to the agency, you will have a conference with your site supervisor and university instructor. You will talk about your learning goals and the activities available at the agency to meet them. You will take on more responsibility as you and your supervisor feel you are ready.

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What kind of supervision will I receive?
You will have a supervisor at the site who will spend at least one hour each week with you. It will be a quiet time, away from the hustle and bustle of the agency, and it is a time for you to ask questions and get feedback. You will also have a university instructor who will lead the seminar, read your journals, and visit you at the site.

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What happens during site visits?
During the first visit, your university instructor will want to tour the agency if s/he has never been there, and then to meet with you and your supervisor. At this meetings you will all discuss your progress so far and make sure everyone understands and agrees to your learning goals. During the second visit your instructor will want to see you “in action” if that is possible, and to meet with you and your supervisor to review your progress.

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Are there papers and tests?
No tests, but yes, there are papers. You will be keeping a journal and writing in it every week, combining open reflection with some structured assignments. In addition, you will be asked to complete a profile of a client and/or a community.

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What about readings?
You will have the same book for both internships, although you will focus on different parts of it. The book is called The Successful Internship. You may very well have additional readings assigned to you by your site supervisor.

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What happens in the Internship Seminar?
During the seminar you will be discussing situations and issues of concern to the group of interns. You will be learning how to offer support and peer supervision. You will also have a chance to discuss the ideas in the book and ask whatever questions you have.

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Who grades me?
Your site supervisor fills out a mid semester and final evaluation. Both of these documents are available on this web site in the documents section. Your grade is given by your university instructor and is a combination of your performance at your site, your participation in the seminar, and your written work.

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How do I apply?
You can fill out an application on this site and send it in. You will then be notified of your acceptance or of any problems.

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Is there an interview?
After your application is accepted, you can search the data base for ideas, and you will meet with an advisor to discuss your placement. Together, you will generate three or four possible sites and then you are responsible for contacting them, seeing whether they need an intern, and arranging an interview. At the conclusion of all your interviews, you and the sites will make your selections.

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