The following criteria must be met prior to applying to enroll in DIS 270:
· Students must have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of courses within the Child and Family Education Department.
· Full-time employment (for at least one year in the same position with the same organization) in a setting serving people with developmental disabilities
· Written permission of the chairperson of the Child and Family Education Department
· Completed written approval by employer
· Interview with DIS faculty member
Students that successfully meet the above criteria must apply one quarter in advance. The application is available in the Child and Family Education Department, Room 9222. It is the student’s responsibility to verify the status of all forms and facilitate communication between the employer and the DIS faculty member assigned to supervise the intern.
The DIS intern and employer will meet with the DIS faculty supervisor for an orientation to the DIS Internship. The intern will be provided with a handbook that delineates their responsibilities and assignments. A handbook will also be provided for the employer. At this time, all parties will sign a letter of agreement that specifies roles and responsibilities. A schedule for observation of the DIS intern at the work site will be developed.
The DIS intern is expected to maintain their regularly contracted work hours. The intern may register for a variable number of credit hour of internship. The typical schedule will be registering for 3 credit hours of internship over 4 quarters or 4 credit hours of internship over 3 quarters. A total of 12 credit hours of DIS Internship must be completed to meet the requirements for a clinical or field experience to obtain an Associate of Applied Science in Disabilities Intervention Services. The number of credit hours for which the DIS intern registers determines the number of assignments that will need to be completed.
The purpose of the DIS Internship is to provide the student with the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge and skill with work experience. Work experience can be a vehicle for application of new knowledge and skills. The DIS intern is expected to complete all regularly assigned work tasks as they incorporate new knowledge and skills. The Internship provides the student with the opportunity to explore new areas of interest through assignments that will further enrich their interaction with people with disabilities while in the work setting. Assignments include but are not limited to: work learning outcomes, critical incidents, job description, and short reports. The DIS intern is responsible for developing 12 work learning outcomes for the following three areas: cognitive, psychomotor, and affective. Four work learning outcomes must be completed in each of the three areas. The number of credit hours registered will determine the number of work learning outcomes, short reports and critical incidents completed. For example, if enrolled for 3 credit hours the DIS intern must complete 3 work learning outcomes, 3 short reports, and 3 critical incidents. The DIS intern is responsible for the development of these assignments, obtaining approval, completing and submitting for review to both their employer and the DIS supervisor.
The DIS intern will meet as needed with the DIS supervisor to discuss assignments. This will be determined on days and times that coincide with the work schedule.
The DIS Intern is expected to be punctual at the internship site and regularly attend during scheduled hours. The DIS intern is expected to notify the internship site, employer and DIS supervisor if absent. If the DIS intern has significant absenteeism, the employer and DIS supervisor will review the internship and determine if the student should continue as an intern.
The DIS intern is expected to dress appropriately based on the dress code at the site. Professional and ethical practices and conduct are expected at all times when interacting with staff, children, families, etc. The DIS intern is also bound by the professional expectations of their employer. The roles and responsibilities of the DIS intern as an employee override the requirements of the DIS internship. If there appears to be conflict between the employee’s responsibilities and the internship assignments, the intern will be advised accordingly.
The DIS intern is evaluated by the employer and the DIS supervisor. Evaluation is based on determination of completion of all assignments. The quality of the assignments, promptness in completion and intern’s self-directedness are also evaluated. The intern also completes a self-evaluation.