Although the duration of the experience must be determined by the scope of the project, the demands of the granting agency or institution and the needs of the student, each internship must include a minimum of 200 fieldwork hours to fulfill the six (6) hour internship requirement. Because of the extensive requirements for the internship, students should consider undertaking their internship during the summer months between the spring and fall semesters. Although this is only a suggestion, this arrangement provides both available time outside of semester coursework for internship work and the remaining semesters to complete and defend the report.
While students receive no formal letter grade for the internship, successful completion depends upon three factors:
- Acceptable completion of projects and associated products as determined by the internship granting institution or agency.
- Acceptable completion of the prerequisite hours and the completion and submission of the comprehensive internship report and associated documentation.
- Successful defense of the internship report before a departmental committee.