The Successful Internship: Transformation and Empowerment in Experiential L / Edition 2

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THE SUCCESSFUL INTERNSHIP offers students more than just a resource on how to find a position or how to interview; it addresses the concerns, emotions, needs, and unique personal challenges that are the essence of an internship or field experience. The authors describe in detail the path of change students will find themselves embarking on and the challenges they will face along the way, and they 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534558796
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/8/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

H. Frederick Sweitzer is Professor of Human Services at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, where he also serves as Associate Dean of the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions. Fred has over 25 years' experience in human services as a social worker, administrator, teacher, and consultant. He has placed and supervised undergraduate interns for 18 years and developed the internship seminar at the University of Hartford. Fred brings to his work a strong background in the scholarship of teaching, service learning, self-understanding, human development, experiential education, and group dynamics. He is on the editorial board for the journal HUMAN SERVICE EDUCATION and has published widely in the field.

Mary A. King is Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences, at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts, where she instructs seminar and colloquium classes for interns and service-learning students. She has held administrative positions in academic programs and has placed and supervised interns from a variety of academic majors. Mary has over 30 years experience in the helping professions and in experiential education. She has published in these fields and holds several professional licenses. Mary brings to her academic work a background in public education, juvenile justice, clinical counseling and consultation. She has served on regional and national boards in human service education and presently serves on the board of the National Society of Experiential Education.

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Table of Contents

Section I: BEGINNING THE JOURNEY. 1. Laying the Groundwork. 2. Framing the Experience: Developmental Stages of an Internship. 3. Understanding Yourself. 4. Understanding Yourself as an Intern. Section II: DISCOVERING THE FIELD. 5. Experiencing the What Ifs": The Anticipation Stage. 6. Getting to Know The Clients. 7. Getting to Know Your Colleagues. 8. Getting to Know the Placement Site. 9. Getting to Know the Community. Section III: FACING NEW FRONTIERS. 10. Taking Stock and Facing Reality: The Disillusionment Stage. 11. Breaking Through Barriers: The Confrontation Stage. Section IV: GOING THE DISTANCE. 12. Riding High: The Competence Stage. 13. Considering the Issues: Professional, Ethical and Legal. 14. Travelling The Last Mile: The Culmination Stage.

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