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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Criteria

Page address: http://ahn.mnsu.edu/health/alcohol-drug/internshiphandbook/criteria.html

Criteria for Intern Tasks, Reports, Etc.

Criteria for Developing an Internship Goals Form

The Internship Goals Form (available on the Forms page) is a method for Student Interns to articulate their strengths, limitations, and goals relevant to the internship. The Internship Goals Form should be discussed thoroughly with the Site Supervisor and approved by the ADS Internship Coordinator.  

The Internship Goals Form should include multiple goals.  A goal statement:

  • Provides a basis by which the Student Intern and Site Supervisor can discuss expectations for a successful internship experience.
  • Helps the Student Intern to develop targeted areas for improvement and maximize strengths.
  • Assists the Student Intern in gaining an understanding of and appreciation for the programs offered through the organization selected as an internship site.

Sample Goal Statements:

  • To develop competencies relevant to practicing as an alcohol and drug counselor based on the twelve core functions.
  • To gain an understanding of and appreciation for overall mission of the organization.
  • To develop a counseling style consistent with standards of practice in the field.

Criteria for Maintaining a Daily Journal

A journal is a means of examining, sorting out, and giving interpretation to the internship experience. It is a systematic record of your thoughts and feelings. A journal does much more than list and describe events occurring during your internship experience. Your journal should be a means of connecting the knowledge you have acquired in the classroom with your experience during your internship.

Confidential client information should not be included in the journal.

Your journal may be maintained electronically or in hard copy format.  Chose the means that will work best for you, but remember that a final copy of the journal must be submitted at the end of the internship.

Listed below are ideas to include in your journal. They are simply ideas. They are not meant as an outline for a journal, for if you use them as such; the journal will not reflect you and your feelings.

Items that might be included in the journal on a daily basis are:

  • Work situation
  • Discussion with clients and fellow counselors
  • Your thoughts and ideas
  • What you agree or disagree with
  • The important or unimportant parts of your internship
  • What you think is missing from your internship
  • Questions that are important to you
  • Your fulfilled or unfulfilled wants and needs
  • Areas of your life that need work
  • Your self–reflections of your entire internship experience
  • What you have gained or not gained from the internship experience

Criteria for Maintaining a Log of Hours

Student interns are required to maintain a log of hours.  All hours being counted toward the internship must logged. Students are strongly encouraged to use the Log of Hours form provided in the Forms sections of the Internship Handbook. The following items must be included in the log:

  • Date of activity
  • Description of activity
  • Identification of Core Function the activity fulfills
  • Amount of time spent on the activity

Students must be specific in completing the Log of Hours. The log is meant to be itemized by each identifiable activity.

When logging hours, students are only allowed to log hours that are directly related to the completion of their role as an intern. For instance, hours spent eating lunch may not be counted. However, if you are required to supervise clients during a group lunch, hours may be counted.

Activities that do not fit into one of the Core Functions should be identified as "Other". Hours logged as "Other" should be kept to a minimum.

Criteria for Completing the Biweekly Summary Statement

Interns are required to submit a Biweekly Summary Statement Form to the ADS Internship Coordinator every two weeks. A copy of the form is provided in the Forms section of the Internship Hankbook.  A copy of the Log of Hours for the corresponding two week period must be included with the summary.

The Biweekly Summary Statment should be submitted to the ADS Internship Coordinator by email.

Wait until the second Friday after you have started your internship to complete your first Biweekly Summary Statement Form, and then submit it by the end of day on the following Monday.  Complete biweekly summaries for every two week period from that point forward (finishing the period on a Friday and submitting the report by the end of the day on the following Monday). If a summary will be late, it is expected that the Student Intern will make arrangements with the ADS Internship Coordinator for timely submission.

Criteria for Completing the Final Report

Each Student Intern is required to write a Final Report for the internship. The Final Report must be typewritten and double spaced. The length of the Final Report typically ranges from 5 - 10 pages.  A separate Final Report is required for each internship site.

Please respond to the questions below in completing the final report.

  1. What were your expectations for the internship? Were your expectation met? Explain.
  2. What were your goals for the internship (Goals Form)?  Did you achieve your goals? Explain.
  3. Review your entire journal.  Identify a single entry that was most meaningful to you and summarize it in one to two sentences.  Explain why the entry is meaningful to you.
  4. Provide an evaluation of the strengths and limitations of the internship site you worked at.
  5. How would you describe your counseling style, and how did it change during the course of the internship?
  6. How would you describe your view of addiction, and how did it change during the course of the internship?
  7. How well prepared were you for the internship experience? Explain.
  8. What did you see as your strengths during the internship?
  9. What did you see as your weaknesses during the internship?
  10. At this point, do you feel you are prepared to enter the field as an alcohol and drug counselor? Why or why not?
  11. What do you need to do to become a better counselor?