Internship Steps in Detail

Alt text: Timeline of process, including taking the pre-requisite courses, developing a teaching plan, guest teaching, summarizing, and reporting. Specifics are detailed in the text below.

All internship projects involve completing a teaching-as-research cycle by:

  • developing a teaching project
  • guest teaching, and
  • assessing a teaching plan.

1. Complete the prerequisites:

    1. One semester-long teaching and learning course. Courses that fulfill the requirement include The College Classroom, Effective Teaching with Technology, and Diversity in the College Classroom. All Delta course listings indicate whether they satisfy the course requirement.
    2. The 4-week internship preparatory series. You can be taking this series while you are taking your first teaching and learning course.

2. Identify your internship project, faculty/staff partner, and complete the internship agreement form.

Many students enter the internship program with a project in mind. Others select from internship opportunities the Delta Program has developed and identified. You may select any placement where you believe the faculty partner will model a teaching approach that interests you.

The Internship Info Session is is held in October for spring projects and March for fall projects (see events for upcoming session). It will guide you in finding a good fit. Interns are responsible for selecting their project and partner, though the Delta Program can help identify potential partners and forge connections.

3. Register for the internship seminar

We send a registration link to students who complete the required 4-week prep series. The internship seminar can be taken for 1 university credit through Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. To register, you must submit:

  • Online registration form
  • Advisor Approval Form: You must submit a form signed by your research advisor so all parties are aware of and support your participation in the internship program.
  • Curriculum Vitae: We ask for a copy of your CV so we can review your experiences and interests.

4. Attend Delta Internship Seminar

The Delta Internship Seminar meets weekly for two hours through the semester, and walks your through a TAR cycle.

Teaching-as-Research (TAR) cycle

A circle moving from creating learning outcomes, assessments and activities to summarizing and reflecting on student learning.

In the seminar, you will:

  • develop your project following the TAR cycle,
  • reflect on and learn from each-others’ guest teaching,
  • summarize your evidence of student learning, and
  • complete a final poster and reflection which can then be used as artifacts in your teaching portfolio.

5. Observe the course, develop a teaching plan, meet with your faculty partner, and guest teach

You’ll develop your plan with your internship partner, with support from your internship cohort and the Delta staff. Students typically spend 3–5 hours per week on their projects during the term, including meetings with partners and the seminar sessions. This timing is highly variable depending on your project goals.

6. Submit your final materials

You officially complete the program by submitting:

  • Reflective Statement: This one-page statement details how your internship experience influenced your understanding of the three Delta core ideas (teaching-as-research, learning communities, and learning-through-diversity).
  • Final Summative Report or Poster: This provides an overview of what you did, how effective it was, and what you learned from the process. It loosely follows the format of a scientific poster (introduction, methods, etc.)