Faculty Sponsor Role
Faculty Benefits of an Internship Opportunity
Internships provide a wider range of learning experiences and outcomes for students and at the same time, enhances TMCC’s academic curriculum. Also, the opportunity deepens employer-based relationships within the community. Internship opportunities increase job placement rate of graduates and strengthens marketing partnerships with business and industry. They also develop subject matter experts (SME) for advisory boards. The faculty sponsor plays a crucial role in the success of a student’s learning experience by closely mentoring the student and encouraging the satisfaction of learning objectives and outcomes.
Faculty Sponsor Involvement
- Agree to be faculty sponsor of record for an internship.
- Visit employer partner during the semester.
- Inquire about any safety concerns or issues related to a particular internship site prior to making the commitment.
- Develop learning objectives and outcomes in cooperation with employer partner and student intern.
- Notify student of confirmed internship and grant permission to enroll.
- Communicate with employer partner regarding student intern’s progress.
- Work with employer partner, student intern and internship coordinator regarding any issues or concerns.
- Submit final grade.
An internship program offer student’s an opportunity to enhance classroom and lab learning with "real world" work experience. Each student is required to manage their own internship search process with assistance from the Internship Coordinator. They are held accountable for documents to be completed on a timely basis. An internship opportunity cannot progress until the program has been confirmed by the internship coordinator and approved by the faculty sponsor. Registration for credit hours will not be allowed until an employer partner has been located and approved for the program.