Higher Education

The Successful Internship, 4th Edition

  • H. Frederick Sweitzer University of Hartford
  • Mary A. King Fitchburg State University
  • ISBN-10: 1285077199  |  ISBN-13: 9781285077192
  • 464 Pages
  • © 2014 | Published
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THE SUCCESSFUL INTERNSHIP: PERSONAL, PROFESSIONAL, AND CIVIC DEVELOPMENT, 4th Edition, is more than just a resource for finding and interviewing for internships. It addresses the concerns, emotions, needs, and unique personal challenges that are the essence of an internship or field experience. It also focuses on the internship as a vehicle for personal, professional, and civic development. The authors describe in detail the path of change on which students will find themselves embarking and the challenges they will face along the way--providing clear, concrete tools that build the foundation for students' successful field/practicum experience. The book's new four-stage model of the internship process--anticipation, exploration, competence, and culmination--places the material in a meaningful framework that lends structure to students' understanding of the work they will be doing. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • Most chapters include a section on civic development to help students understand the public relevance of their work.
  • Examples drawn from business, humanities, government, education, nonprofit agencies, and other fields make the book appropriate for audiences beyond the helping professions, and provide flexibility for interns and instructors who use it.
  • "Of Special Relevance to the Helping Professions" sections in some chapters make it easy for interns in these professions to get the information they need; others may choose to skip these sections.
  • Student quotes and cases give the book an experiential, contextual feel.
  • Special features such as "Focus on Theory," "Focus on Skill," "Think about It", and "In Their Own Words" provide a flexible menu that can be adapted to a variety of settings.
  • Students can apply the four-stage model to areas of their lives beyond their internships, such as new careers, subsequent internships, practical, and service-learning experiences.

Table of Contents

1. The Lay of the Land.
2. Framing the Experience: The Developmental Stages of an Internship.
3. Internship Essentials: Tools for Staying Engaged.
4. Starting with You: Understanding Yourself.
5. Experiencing the 'What Ifs': The Anticipation Stage.
6. Internship Essentials: The Learning Contract and Supervision.
7. Getting to Know the Clients: Chapter of Special Relevance to Helping and Service Professionals.
8. Moving Ahead: The Exploration Stage.
9. Internship Essentials: Advanced Tools for Staying Engaged and Moving Forward.
10. Navigating the Internship Site.
11. Finding the Beat of the Community.
12. Riding High: The Competence Stage.
13. Internship Essentials: Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues: What's to Know and Why?.
14. And in the End: The Culmination Stage.

What's New

  • The authors have revised their conceptual model to posit four stages instead of five. Instead of focusing on experiences that some interns were having to varying degrees (i.e., disillusionment), the model now includes stages that all interns experience: anticipation, exploration, competence, and culmination.
  • The book's content reflects several emerging and continuing trends in higher education, including engaged learning, experiential learning, education for civic and democratic engagement, and high-impact educational practices. For instance, in each chapter the authors discuss ways to be more engaged with the tasks of the stages and the internship. In addition, opportunities for growth as an engaged citizen and civic professional are emphasized throughout the book, reinforced by "Civically Speaking" exercises at the end of some chapters.
  • The possible experience of disillusionment is specifically discussed at each stage, along with strategies for recovering momentum.
  • Each of the stage chapters is organized around a chart that serves as a visual guide to the concerns and challenges of the stage.
  • Special reflection exercises for interns who come to the internship with considerable life and professional experience have been added in every chapter.
  • Four "Essentials" chapters (Chapters 3, 6, 9, and 13) offer comprehensive information and strategies, and are intended as resources to be consulted before, throughout, and beyond the internship experience.
  • InfoTrac® Student Collections are specialized databases expertly drawn from the Gale Academic One library. Each InfoTrac® Student Collection enhances the student learning experience in the specific course area related to the product. These specialized databases allow access to hundreds of scholarly and popular publications - all reliable sources - including journals, encyclopedias, and academic reports. Learn more and access at: http://gocengage.com/infotrac.
  • Valuable online resources for students, including End of Chapter Exercises, Student Downloads and Web Links were created and selected by the authors for this edition in order to help students practice key concepts and provide them with additional resources. These materials can be accessed at CengageBrain.com.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

H. Frederick Sweitzer

H. Frederick Sweitzer is Associate Provost and Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Fred has over 30 years’ experience in human services as a social worker, administrator, teacher, and consultant. He has placed and supervised undergraduate interns for 20 years and developed the internship seminar at the University of Hartford. Fred brings to his work a strong background in self-understanding, human development, experiential education, service learning, civic engagement, professional education, and group dynamics. He is on the editorial boards for the journals Human Service Education and Human Services Today, and has published widely in the field.

Mary A. King

Mary A. King, Ed.D. is Professor Emerita at Fitchburg State University where she was faculty and coordinator of field placements in Behavioral Sciences, supervised graduate and undergraduate interns in professional studies and liberal arts programs, and instructed service-learning. She has over 30 years experience working with interns in the field and on campus and brings to her academic work backgrounds in teaching, criminal justice, consultation and counseling psychology, holding several professional licenses. Mary has published in the fields of experiential and human service education and has served on national and regional boards, most recently that of the National Society for Experiential Education, where she currently oversees the NSEE Experiential Education Academy.