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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.
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.