Department of Music
The internship program is designed to provide students
with opportunities to gain field experience. This includes
learning about specific operational/business functions as well as the
interpersonal relationships within the work place. Students will
obtain insights into specific functional areas of vocational concern and
into the challenges present in the actual work situation. These
supplement, and in some cases replace, the classroom since these
experiences go beyond that is possible in the classroom setting.
As an intern you have responsibilities to your
organization mentor, company associates, Georgetown College, the Faculty
Internship Supervisor, future interns, and to yourself. Your
responsibility to the company is the same as an employee’s. This
means that should you be ill or unable to report as assigned due to an
emergency, you must report your absence immediately in your organization
mentor. Also, you are expected to complete assignments as
scheduled by your mentor.
Your basic time commitment to the organization is
120-150 contact hours per semester for three hours of credit. You
are expected to arrange hours suitable both to you and the sponsoring
organization. You may work additional hours if the opportunity
arises. Also, your tasks may require assignments away from the
organization, such as library assignments or contacts with other
organizations on behalf of your mentor.
You will be expected to complete on time all assignments
given to you by the organization mentor. Many organizations must
deal with deadlines. If you cannot complete any assignment as
requested, please advise your mentor promptly. This is not only a
common courtesy, but may prevent an embarrassing situation later when
the completed work is requested. Also, note that your organization
mentor may operate on a busy schedule, so plan your communications
One problem you may face is a work assignment you may
consider to be inappropriate. You may find that you are given
menial tasks to perform. This is not an uncommon occurrence, as
organizations may not be able to always find exciting tasks for you to
perform. Part of your learning experience involves doing detailed
work and learning from observing others. After completing such
tasks for a reasonable period, however, you have the option of
requesting of your mentor a change in your program. This means
that you should review what you are doing and consider what other tasks
you may be able to accomplish which are valuable both to you and to your
mentor. One way to prevent such a situation from arising is to
meet with your mentor on a weekly basis to discuss your tentative
schedule for the week ahead. Prepare for such a meeting with brief
summary notes, one copy of which should be given to your mentor.
While this schedule may not be kept in its entirety, it can provide
structure and control for your activities. Should you find that
the proposed schedule is not being followed, arrange to discuss the
matter with your mentor. While it may not be possible to do
precisely what you wish at all times, you will find that regular
meetings with your mentor to discuss your progress and subsequent phases
of your internship can be beneficial in stimulating a good working
relationship. You may find it useful to periodically share with
your faculty Internship Supervisor your calendar logs of daily
activities to ensure that progress is made in a timely fashion. If
you find yourself facing a situation where you are unable to determine
what to say, or if you fail to obtain a response from your mentor,
please contact your Internship Supervisor promptly. You are
responsible for daily control over your work relationships.
Responsibilities to Georgetown College and the Faculty
In addition to your responsibilities to the Sponsoring
Organization, you are also responsible to the college and to your
faculty Internship Supervisor. These formal responsibilities
require specific duties which should be documented and filed in your
Internship Project Notebook. (See Appendix for suggested
organization of the notebook.)
Daily Logs: You are to prepare a short review
of daily activities at the end of each work day. Consider what
you did on that particular day--your successes and failures, the
specific activities in which you were engaged, the people you met,
etc. This assignment requires that you think about what you
did during the day and analyze your responses. This may be
reported on an hour-by-hour basis, or as the faculty Internship
Regular meetings with the faculty Internship
Supervisor: You are to meet regularly with your Internship
Supervisor. This meeting may take anywhere from three minutes
to thirty minutes. Bring your Notebook logs for the current
week for submission at this time, as well as other work examples of
Final Report: A final written report is
required. This should summarize your internship experience,
including personal observations in regard to the experience.
The final report should be prepared in three parts:
Review your progress in comparison with your
stated goals and objectives.
Summarize the types of specific assignments in
which you were involved.
Summarize your thoughts about the internship
experience--your successes and failures. This should be a
personal expression of your responses to what happened during the
internship learning experience. You may use the following
questions to assist in structuring your responses. Explain
your response to each question.
Did you meet your learning objectives?
How have your academic and career goals changed?
What learning opportunities did you discover and
take advantage of on site?
Do you feel your work contributed to the
organization and community? How?
Did you accept responsibility for your decisions and
What impact did this experience have on your
What new things did you learn about yourself?
What insights have you gained into the field of your
How well did you work under supervision?
How well did you assess your independent
Did you accomplish your project goals?
What prior skills did you use during the
internship? List new skills and knowledge acquired.
How do your new knowledge and skills relate with
past academic work? Future academic work?
How did you resolve your problems? Handle
What approaches did you use on assigned tasks?
Would you do them differently in the future?
Were you satisfied with your performance on
assignments and projects?
How ell did you accept constructive suggestions from
Did you meet deadlines? Use your time
Rate the overall quality of your work.
Did the internship meet your personal expectations?
Was the organization open to your ideas? Did
they use them?
How will your new skills and knowledge be useful?
Would you like a career in the field of your
Did the internship increase your understanding of
music in specific course areas? How?
How did the internship improve your skills in
problem solving and communication?
How much time and commitment was involved in the
Would you recommend the organization and the
internship experience to other students?
How could the experience have been improved?
What was your greatest accomplishment?
Computation of Grade Evaluation:
Following the conclusion of the internship, a letter
grade will be given for the course.
Determination of the final grade will be the
responsibility of the faculty Internship Supervisor. To
assist your supervisor, your organization mentor will be asked to assess
If at any time during the semester you have a problem,
or questions about your responsibilities, promptly schedule a meeting
with your faculty Internship Supervisor. Most problems can be
resolved quickly. Recognize, however, that the internship is not a
classroom environment in which the Internship Supervisor has ultimate