The IHT internship policy is designed to provide adequate
structure so that all parties understand and acknowledge the
procedures required to accomplish our mutual goals. On the other
hand, it is flexible enough to accommodate the needs of all
concerned and deal with unforeseen circumstances that may arise
during the internship period.
The IHT program firmly believes, and students are counseled,
that internships are privileged positions in which students can
gain access to professional experience, make valuable contacts, and
possibly even work their way into a job. They should take advantage
of that unique situation. They are also representing the IHT
program at Saint Leo University. The IHT faculty supervisor will do
everything possible to ensure that the interns and the host agency
both receive maximum benefits.
The IHT instructor/faculty supervisor will provide the following
documents and forms:
Supervision: The host agency will assign a
supervisor who will serve as a mentor to the intern and as a
liaison to the IHT instructor. Ideally, the intern will work
closely with, or occasionally 'shadow', the host agency supervisor
and professional staff in the position/department to which
assigned. The host agency supervisor will encourage a nurturing
attitude among regular staff toward the intern that helps to build
the intern's confidence and professionalism.
Orientation: The host agency will provide a
thorough orientation for the intern that features the same issues
as regular staff, including disciplinary and termination policies.
Any special rules or conditions for the intern are requested in
Compensation: Host agencies vary in their
policies regarding pay, stipends, and other forms of compensation
for interns. While access to professional opportunity is the
ultimate compensation, students always appreciate an opportunity to
make money. This issue is settled directly between the host agency
and the intern.
If an intern will also be taking classes on the main campus in
Saint Leo, Florida (north of Tampa), the intern should schedule
those classes in blocks, so that sufficient time is available for
performance of their internship. Flexibility is also required on
behalf of the host agency.
Attitude: An intern is expected to be highly
motivated, eager to learn, and well prepared. An intern is also
expected to assume the attitude, dress, and demeanor expected of
supervisors at the host agency.
Tardiness & Absenteeism: As a valued staff
member serving an important role at the host agency, an intern is
expected to adhere to the mutually agreed upon work schedule
without tardiness or absenteeism. Failure to do so will result in
disciplinary action according to policies in effect at the host
agency and at Saint Leo University.
Health Insurance: Students are covered by Saint
Leo University insurance while performing their internship.