Experiential learning opportunities are an essential way to focus on the knowledge, skills, and abilities you need to realize your career goals. You have specifically selected this course as an opportunity to earn practical experience in your chosen field to help realize these goals.
In your journal, post your experiences and reflections on a weekly basis during your internship. In addition to relating the details of your actual work and position, you should note information that will assist in the completion of the Final Project. (Refer to the Final Project Document for information on the project.)
In your journal, post your experiences and reflections on a weekly basis during your experiential learning activity.(Note: It is strongly suggested that you spend at least 10 hours per week in the experiential learning activities. Number of hours must be documented and final certificate of completion will be required as part of your final project.) In addition to relating the details of your experience, you should note information that will assist in the completion of the Final Project. (Refer to the Final Project Document for information on the project.)
Your weekly entries should address the following topics:
Describe the experience and what you hope to gain from participating in the experience.
Provide an overview of tasks and key activities (training, discussions, labs, assessments, etc.) in which you were engaged during the week, with sufficient detail for your instructor to understand what you were involved in.
How did the activities in which you were involved demonstrate your knowledge, skills, and abilities in meeting your selected program competencies?
Have you implemented any changes this week in your approach to interpersonal communication, collaboration, project/time management or other aspects as a result of your experiences from the prior week? (N/A for Week One)
Reflect on your experiences during the current week and:
Describe key challenges (problems, issues, etc.) you encountered during the current week as they relate to your experiential learning activity
Describe how you identified/evaluated options for handling those challenges
What aspects of prior coursework and/or work experiences helped you in identify/evaluating options and developing resolutions?
Were there any aspects of the situation(s) – either the problems themselves or the resolutions/outcomes – that were contrary to your assumptions or expectations based on what you have learned during coursework?
What did you learn as a result of this experience? What might you do differently in future to either minimize the chance of occurrence or in your approach to resolving/overcoming?
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