Administration and Monitoring of Internships

The placement, supervision and monitoring mechanism of the institutional training is as follows:

Internship Director: The Internship Director appointed by the faculty is the chief coordinator of the internship program of the faculty. The director is usually responsible for monitoring the development and implementation of the internship program.

Department Coordinator/s: The Department Coordinator with the help of all other members of the staff organizes the students for the training. If necessary, a department can appoint separate coordinators for different degree programs.

Internal Internship Supervisor: The Internal Internship Supervisor appointed by the head of department must ensure that the work of their students meets the standards of the university and the academic discipline. The supervisor plays a key role in the effectiveness of the program and assists the students in developing and achieving personal learning objectives of the work experience.

Internship Mentor: The Internship Mentor is appointed by the host organization.  The Internship Mentor will provide guidance and evaluation of student’s work at the internship site

Faculty approval: A report comprising student particulars, the training institute and the name of the internship supervisor must be submitted to the faculty for approval by each department. Credits for internships will be offered only after the report is approved by the faculty.

Methods of Assessment

End of First Month Review: At the end of the first month of the intern period, student performance and the overall progress of the internship is reviewed by the respective department.  For the completion of the review, Students involved in institutional training, must submit the completed Interim Review Form (Appendix 2A). The students who are involved in community work and entrepreneurial activities are required to submit one page Summary Report (Appendix 2B) within the due period.

Final Evaluation: At the end of each internship programs in the three areas, students should submit an Internship Journal; Final Portfolio or Final Report for the purpose of final assessment.

Students involved in institutional training should submit an Internship Journal to the internal internship supervisor of relevant department for the assessment purpose.  Along with the Internship Journal, students should submit the following completed forms: Employer’s/the Internship Mentor’s Evaluation form (Appendix 3B); Student Self-Evaluation of Internship form (Appendix 3C).

Students who are involved in community work have to submit a Final Portfolio. The format of the Final Portfolio is given in Appendix 4.

Students who are involved in entrepreneurial activities have to submit a final report comprising the following. The format of the Final Report is given in Appendix 5.

Students must handover the Internship Journal/Final Portfolio/ Final Report within the first two weeks after completion of the training.

Marking Criteria

Irrespective of the type of the internship, the Internal Internship Supervisor bears the ultimate responsibility for evaluating and grading. The final marks are apportioned as follows:

Categories Marks Allocate
First Month Review 10%
Employer’s/the Internship Mentor’s Evaluation 30%
Self-Evaluation of Internship 10%
Internship Journal/Final Portfolio/ Final Report

(Journal Content, Work Performed, Initiative and Creativity,Attendance and Punctuality, Responsibility)

30%
Professional skills 30%
(Technical Skills, Leadership Abilities, Interpersonal and Teamwork Skills, Written Communication Skills, Oral Communication Skills, Analytical/Critical-Thinking Skills)
Total: 100%

The method of grading is equivalent to the method applied in the evaluation of course units. If a student chooses the NAITA pathway, a copy NAITA’s journal can be considered for assessment.

Credit Value and Duration

A total of 6 credits are allocated for the internship.  To qualify for the 6 credit hours for the internship, students must work 12 weeks to cover up an average between 350 and 400 hours during the term. The employer confirmation must verify the number of work hours. If a student selects teaching for the internship training, the student must work a 12 weeks (between 200 and 250 hours).

Students who are involved in community development and entrepreneurial activities are required to cover the number of hours of 12 weeks (an average between 350 and 400 hours during the term). They are expected to submit a portfolio for the purpose of assessment indicating the activities and the number of hours engaged in the relevant activities (See Appendix 4).

Exceptions can be made in special cases (e.g. when a student has a permanent job). Contact the relevant head of the department directly to discuss any special circumstances that may qualify you for this exception.

Internship Program - Academic Year 2014/2015 Group - (2017)

Training period:  From 28th August to 30th November, 2017

Internship Director (Faculty Coordinator)
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS)
Dr. Shirantha Heenkenda / Department of Economics

Department Coordinator/s