Course Syllabus

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 Purpose

 

This course examines and integrates regular on-going formal learning activities with related work experience during the normal semester period. The main purpose of the course is to actively involve students with a business or institution in a working relation. The work assignments are expected to be related to on-going technical, business and institutional activities allowing students to build skills and professional behavior.

  1. Learning Objectives/Projected Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the internship, students should demonstrate knowledge of the following:

  • Acquire job search skills: be able to develop a winning resume and cover letter.
  • Possess the skills for a successful interview; Use Internet and other sources for finding internships placements.
  • Know the career tracks for your majors and types of organizations and institutions operating in your profession.
  • Understand the relationship between employees and employer. Understand how different business or governmental institutions operate.
  • Explore different working environments and be prepared to make the best of your internships as a learning experience and as an opportunity to start building your professional network.
  • Increase awareness of your own behavior and work skills.
  • Enhance interpersonal skills and group work.

 

  1. Learning Activities

Students are expected to be entirely involved in finding and developing ideas for their internship by:

  • Creating a professional resume.
  • Identifying the type of institutions and organizations for an internship and start approaching the organizations by inquiring about internship opportunities with them (minimum 3 prospects) by sending the resume or by calling.
  • Discussing their choices with the UNYT internship supervisory instructor.
  • Arranging a visit with the business or agency to discuss the possibility of doing an internship with the business of their choice.
  • Once a business has been selected, identify who would supervise and evaluate their work within the business or institution.
  • Developing a clear understanding of actual work requirements, who supervises their work and work evaluation criteria i.e. duties, experiential learning, population served and time commitments.
  • Upon acceptance by an institution, arrange for the Internship Agreement to be completed, i.e. the written job description including learning objectives and outcomes as well as the student’s time commitments, and then signed by the mentor and UNYT instructor.

 

D.    Required Reading

 

Greene S., & Martel, M. (2014) The Ultimate Job Hunter’s Guidebook 6e, Cengage Learning, USA

Eischen, C.W., & Eischen, L.A. (2010) Resumes, Cover Letter, Networking & Interviewing, Cengage Learning, USA

There will also be handouts and articles on career advising and job search skills.

  1. Methods and Criteria for Evaluation

 

Methods

Class Participation 10%
Mentor Evaluation 20%
Journals 20%
Final Report 30%
Presentation 20%

 

Criteria

Grading Criteria for Class Participation –Presentation

Clarity of content presented                                                                                              30%

Depth of content presented                                                                                               40%

Oral presentation (use of Power Point/handouts, other resources)                             30%

TOTAL                                                                                                                                  100%

 

                                     

  1. Formative Assessment

 

Formative assessment of learning will be provided through the following:

  • ParticipationTotal hours worked during the semester will be 100 hours. As a rough guide, students are expecting to work 12 hours per week over a ten-week period. However, there is considerable flexibility in establishing work hours that meet the organizations and student scheduling constraints.
  • Journal EntriesThis is a learning tool that helps the student to think about what they are doing and learning. The student should record all activities and learning during the internship and should be maintained on a daily or weekly basis. For instance, departments meetings, skills learnt, projects assigned tasks and projects completed. Also, planned, inspirational learning, and sudden insight should be recorded. The Journal is normally discussed with the instructor during the visit and it is extremely useful for final report. It will be attached to the final report as appendix.

·         Internship Report and Presentation The final report should reflect student’s ability to integrate the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom as well as the experiential learning gained in the internship placement.

 

Summative Assessment in a form of a letter grade will be based on the formative assessment.

UNYT Grading Scale:

Grading Scale 96-100 A 90-95 A- 87-89 B+
83-86 B 80-82 B- 77-79 C+
73-76 C 70-72 C- 67-69 D+
63-66 D 60-62 D- 0-59 F

 

 

  1. Class Schedule (Tentative)

 

CLASS DATE READINGS

 

ASSIGNMENT DUE
1. 15.10.15 Introduction to Internship Course

Personal Interviews

 

2. 22.10.15 Winning Resumes

  • Resume Format
  • The Job Objective:
  • Work History
  • Education

 

Submit your personal Resume (Deadline: 10.12.15)
3. 12.11.15 Albanian Perspective

  • Job Market in Albania
  • Skills needed

Tips on how to find a job

Guest Speaker from  ”VODAFONE”

 

4. 10.12.15

 

 Journal discussion, Student experiences sharing, How to make the internship a meaningful and successful experience.

Final Report Guidelines.

 

5. 14.01.16 Interviewing: Do’s and Don’ts,  Mock Interviews
6. 28.01.16 Student experiences sharing

 

7. 04.02.16 IN CLASS PRESENTATION

FINAL REPORT DUE

Final Report;

Power Point Presentation;

Journal; Resume; Three parties format