COURSE TITLE: INTERNSHIP
COURSE NUMBER: PAD 700 - 01
SEMESTER: Fall 2012
TIME: 5:00 – 6:50 P.M. M-R
INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR: Michael O. Adams, PhD
OFFICE: BJML SPA 402V
OFFICE HOURS: By appointment only
A supervised work experience wherein students learn by taking on responsible roles as workers in an organizational bureaucratic setting. It is an integral part of the public service and professional education experience for students in the Public Administration program.
The public service internship provides students with a work experience that gives them realistic exposure to an organizational bureaucratic environment. This exposure is designed to develop the student’s awareness of the internal dynamics of an organization and of the value and attitudes of public employees to both their clientele and their administrative/political supervisors. Thus, the internship gives the student the opportunity to become aware of his/her obligations as a professional and to the public they will serve.
The primary goals of the internship are:
1. To provide students an opportunity to test and expand classroom learning under the guidance and teaching of a practitioner supervisor.
2. To demonstrate how knowledge affects problem-solving, interpersonal interactions, communication, and task achievement.
3. To provide those without administrative/management experience a practical working introduction to the profession.
4. To expose students to the organizational culture of an employing agency as it interacts with its total environment - economic, social, political, and technological subsystems.
5. To enhance personal and professional development through interpersonal relations with individuals who are holding leadership positions in their careers.
Experiential learning viewed as a...