In addition to field-based projects and other leadership experiences incorporated throughout the program of study, CAS students also complete a capstone internship. Positioned near the end of the student’s formal academic preparation, the internship provides an opportunity for immersion in the authentic work worlds of educational leaders. Under the guidance of a university instructor and a field-based supervisor-mentor, students will apply and extend the knowledge and skills developed throughout their course of study.
Prerequisites for the internship include:
Students are responsible for finding or creating their own internships. Occasionally, intern opportunities are advertised publicly. However most are developed through students’ professional networks and individualized negotiations with administrators interested in helping particular candidates advance. Students are encouraged to cultivate contacts and contribute to school leadership and district committee work throughout their programs of study. Such contributions can increase the chances that key advocates will recognize your leadership potential and support your internship proposal.
Eligible candidates have four options for internship format:
Full-time immersion is preferable to part-time or summer internships, for marketability as a future applicant for educational leadership positions. All internships should be structured to provide leadership responsibilities of increasing breadth and depth over time. Overall, the quality of interns’ capstone experience, and its direct connection to NYS competencies for building and district leaders, will be key determinants of any format options approved.
Upon approval of the Internship Proposal by your faculty advisor, students will be permitted to register for and attend a required seminar (EDUC 692) in conjunction with their internships in the field. Part-time interns will register for the seminar in two consecutive semesters at 2-credits each; full-timers once at 4-credit hours.
A final product for the internship seminar is an update of your Personal Plan. This requirement is a third occasion to reflect, assess leadership competencies, and plan for the future. Field supervisor-mentors will complete end-of-internship assessments of students. Additional course expectations and requirements are dependent on the particular instructor responsible for EDUC 692 in any given semester. Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory grades for EDUC 692 will be issued after the entire internship is completed and the Personal Plan is judged acceptable by the seminar instructor.
Last Updated: 4/17/13