Submitted via email bi-weekly to the internship coordinator.
As a requirement for your internship, you are to keep a journal
of your activities "on the job." One of the routine chores professionals
perform is to keep a record of tasks accomplished and to account for the time
required accomplishing them. Since many organizations collect fees by the hour,
accurate record keeping is essential. Furthermore, managers like to see that
employees are actually accomplishing something through regular progress reports.
A record of your activities is also important for your own sense of progress,
since you can refer back to work you have accomplished, keep track of ideas
and set goals for the future.
For this course, your journal is the communication link between you, the organization and me. The journal is your chance to express your feelings about your internship, your supervisor, the organization, the field and your work. It is also a way to make connections between the classroom and your experience. Finally it is a way to track the work you accomplish which is important for me in evaluating your performance.
Approximately every 2 weeks, you will turn in a journal of your activities (the specific deadline will be found in the syllabus for the term.) In each journal, you should record what you have accomplished, what you are working on currently and the approximate number of hours you have worked since the last journal entry.
Additionally you should answer all these questions in one of the journal entries.
1. What connections can I make between my internship and what I have learned in my classes? Does my internship experience contradict or complement my classroom experience? How?
2. How do I feel about what I have accomplished?
3. What observations can I make about the organization? About my supervisor? About the field?
4. Has anything surprised me?
5. How has this experience affected my perceptions about the field and my career path?
At least one journal should be devoted to answering question
3; the other questions are just suggestions to provoke some thoughts. You do
not need to provide a daily account of your internship, nor do you need to answer
every question in every journal entry.
Please type and proofread your journals. They do not need to be extensive (1 to 1 1/2 pages in length). Since your journals form the agenda conversations with the coordinator, please adhere to due dates. The coordinator should have time to to read the journals BEFORE the meeting.