The Successful Internship: Personal, Professional, and Civic Development

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Cengage Learning, Feb 20, 2008 - Education - 368 pages
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THE SUCCESSFUL INTERNSHIP: PERSONAL, PROFESSIONAL, AND CIVIC DEVELOPMENT, 3e, is more than just a resource for finding and interviewing for internships; it addresses the concerns, emotions, needs, and unique personal challenges that are the essence of an internship or field experience and focuses on the internship as a vehicle for civic development, in addition to personal and professional development. The authors describe in detail the path of change on which students will find themselves embarking and the challenges they will face along the way; the authors provide clear, concrete tools that build the foundation for students’ successful field/practicum experience. The book’s five-stage model of the internship process--anticipation, disillusionment, confrontation, competence, and culmination--places the material in a meaningful framework that lends structure to students’ understanding of the work they will be doing.
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Contents

Beginning the Journey
1
Discovering the Field
89
Facing New Frontiers
189
Going the Distance
247
Index
331
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H. Frederick Sweitzer is Associate Provost and Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Fred has over 30 years' experience in human services as a social worker, administrator, teacher, and consultant. He has placed and supervised undergraduate interns for 20 years and developed the internship seminar at the University of Hartford. Fred brings to his work a strong background in self-understanding, human development, experiential education, service learning, civic engagement, professional education, and group dynamics. He is on the editorial boards for the journals Human Service Education and Human Services Today, and has published widely in the field.

Mary A. King, Ed.D. is Professor Emerita at Fitchburg State University where she was faculty and coordinator of field placements in Behavioral Sciences, supervised graduate and undergraduate interns in professional studies and liberal arts programs, and instructed service-learning. She has over 30 years experience working with interns in the field and on campus and brings to her academic work backgrounds in teaching, criminal justice, consultation and counseling psychology, holding several professional licenses. Mary has published in the fields of experiential and human service education and has served on national and regional boards, most recently that of the National Society for Experiential Education, where she currently oversees the NSEE Experiential Education Academy.

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