WASHINGTON INTERNSHIP INSTITUTE
LEARNING CONTRACT & INTERNSHIP PROPOSAL
SUNY Plattsburgh
INSTRUCTIONS
1. Discuss with your advisor(s) the educational objectives you hope to achieve through the WII program and the specific
seminars-internship combination you would like to pursue.
2. Contact the WII Intern Advisor to design your plan of study.
3. Prepare a preliminary draft of this learning contract and internship proposal and review with your faculty
sponsor(s). After the faculty sponsor(s) approves your draft, prepare a final version and obtain the required signatures
listed below.
4. Submit this form to the dean of your sponsor’s faculty. If approved by the dean, copies of this form will be distributed
to: student, faculty sponsor(s), and department chair(s).
5. Fax completed form to the Registrar’s Office: 518-564-4900.
6. Note: assessment of SUNY Plattsburgh technology fee applies.
GENERAL INFORMATION
Student’s Name: __________________________________________________ Student’s ID: _____________________
Local Address: ___________________________________________________ Phone No.: ______________________
Email Address: ____________________________________________________________________________________
Address During WII Program: _________________________________________________________________________
Major(s): _________________________________________________________Class Level: ______________________
Internship Seminar Title: __________________________________________ Course Subject/Number: ________489
Date seminar begins: ______________________ Date seminar ends: ___________________
Number of credits for proposed internship: 3 credits or other: __________
Credit for seminar will apply as (select): major credit minor credit elective credit
Method of Grading: Letter Grade: Y N Pass/Fail: Y N
SUNY Plattsburgh’s Faculty Sponsor’s Name: ______________________________Phone No.: ____________________
Elective Seminar Title: __________________________________________ Course Subject/Number: ________489
Date seminar begins: ______________________ Date seminar ends: ___________________
Number of credits for proposed internship: 3 credits or other: __________
Credit for seminar will apply as (select): major credit minor credit elective credit
Method of Grading: Letter Grade: Y N Pass/Fail: Y N
SUNY Plattsburgh’s Faculty Sponsor’s Name: ______________________________Phone No.: ____________________
Internship Title (Determined by WII and reported in evaluations): _________________________________________
Course Subject/Number: ________489
Date seminar begins: ______________________ Date seminar ends: ___________________
Full-/Part Time: ________________________________________ Hours per week: ________________________
Number of credits for proposed internship: 9 credits or other: __________
Site Supervisor (Determined by WII and reported in evaluations):_____________________________________________
Credit for seminar will apply as (select): major credit minor credit elective credit
Method of Grading (recommended from site supervisor to faculty sponsor):
Letter Grade: Y N Pass/Fail: Y N
SUNY Plattsburgh’s Faculty Sponsor’s Name: ______________________________Phone No.: ____________________
EDUCATIONAL GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
What are your specific goals and expected learning outcomes in participating in the WII Program?
How does the WII Internship Program fit into your program of study at SUNY Plattsburgh?
WII INTERNSHIP PROGRAM STRUCTURE
The Internship Seminar (“Bridging Theory and Practice”) is taught by the Director of the program, meeting
weekly, engages students in evaluating and comparing their individual internship experiences, exploring career
opportunities, and gaining further knowledge about functioning in a professional environment. It also assists students in
making the transition from campus to career by covering such topics as: ethics in the work place, resume writing and
interviewing, and future planning. Each student develops a Professional Plan that outlines their goals for the internship
experience and guides their overall progress.
The Elective Seminar, meeting weekly and taught by experts in the specialized fields (with the highest attainable
degree, college teaching experience), examines the making of public policy: how it is formed, who and what influences it,
and its breadth and scope in the particular field chosen (U.S. domestic, U.S. international/foreign, and environmental).
Students visit a variety of organizations and discuss a range of current issues with varied policy experts.
The Internship, four days a week, is determined after completing an Intern Profile, discussing with the program
coordinator the student’s interests and goals in greater detail, doing phone interviews with potential agency sponsors
(generally two or three selected by the program coordinator based on the student’s written information and
conversations), and then selecting an internship that meets the student’s educational and professional goals, in
consultation with WII staff, the faculty sponsor, and potential agency sponsors.
METHODS OF EVALUATION
The Internship Seminar: Weekly readings, a written organizational analysis, five professional interviews, five
reflective journals, and a Portfolio of Learning (with oral presentation) justifying credits.
The Elective Seminar: Weekly readings, reaction papers, mid-term and final exams, and a final paper.
The Internship: Students design a Learning Plan
that is reviewed twice by WII faculty before being signed by the
Agency Sponsor. The Learning Plan includes six categories of learning goals: knowledge, professional skills, technical
skills, cultural awareness, personal development, and civic engagement. The internship sponsor provides written mid-
term and final evaluations; the student writes a mid-term assessment and a final reflective essay reviewed by WII faculty.
APPROVAL FOR WII PROGRAM CREDIT (obtained in the following order)
YES NO
____ ____ Faculty Sponsor(s): _________________________
Indicate Approval in Email
Date: _________________
____ ____ Academic Advisor: _________________________
Indicate Approval in Email
Date: _________________
____ ____ Dept. Chair: _______________________________
Indicate Approval in Email
(of faculty granting credit)
Date: _________________
____ ____ Dean: ____________________________________
Indicate Approval in Email
Date: _________________
____ ____ Director of Career Services: __________________
Indicate Notification in Email
Date: _________________
____ ____ Financial Aid Notified: _______________________
Indicate Notification in Email
Date: _________________
____ ____ Student Accounts Notified: ___________________
Indicate Notification in Email
Date: _________________
04/2020
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