Responsibilities of Internships


Interns are guests in the placement school and should act accordingly. They are expected to arrive on time and maintain regular attendance. They will notify the teacher, the school, and the university supervisor when they have to be absent. They will be prepared when they have a lesson to present. They will communicate their needs clearly and with sufficient notice to the cooperating teacher. They will make a conscious effort to improve their skills, particularly the skills suggested by their cooperating teachers and university supervisors. As professionals in the school, pre-interns and final interns are expected to dress appropriately by following all school and faculty dress codes. Interns should not wear jeans, mini skirts, t-shirts, or flip-flops to school. Each school and its administration may have other specific dress expectations by which interns should abide.

Practicum students and interns usually put in many more hours than those for which they receive credit and appreciate being treated in a collegial manner by the cooperating teacher and others in the placement school. They greatly appreciate constructive feedback, both verbal and written, from the cooperating teacher and university supervisor. They are willing to complete many helpful errands and paper work but should not be spending more time away from the class than in it. Practicum students should spend less than one hour per week on these sorts of tasks.

The university supervisor is also a guest in the placement school and is expected to act accordingly. All observations should be scheduled in advance and with input from the cooperating teacher. Additionally, the university supervisor is expected to respond in a timely manner to requests for conferences and to any concerns raised by the cooperating teacher.

Internship Administrator Responsibilities

The internship administrator oversees placement and supervision of all School of Education interns and pre-interns, conducts intern and cooperating teacher orientations and ethics training workshops, collects and reviews evaluation forms for interns and practicum students, acts as a liaison between and among the school districts, school administrators, and the university, and helps with problem solving any issues that pertain to field experience.

Internship Coordinator Responsibilities

The internship coordinator is available to university supervisors, cooperating teachers, and interns to help with problem solving and with the creation of professional development plans when needed.

The internship coordinator is the contact person for center directors and university supervisors when questions arise concerning practica and internships.

Intern Responsibilities

  1. Interns are aware that they are guests in the school and should behave accordingly. Placements can be terminated at the request of the school when warranted.
  2. Interns will make every attempt to introduce themselves, in person when possible, to the cooperating teacher prior to beginning the placement.
  3. Interns will be active participants in the life of the classroom, including small group tutoring, active monitoring, co-teaching, teaching, and other activities.
  4. Interns in practicum placements will prepare and teach no less than four lessons; two of these will be observed by the university supervisor. Lesson plans prepared by the pre-intern should be given to the cooperating teacher one week in advance for feedback and approval. In addition, the pre-intern is expected to teach or co-teach as often as possible from the teachers’ regular plans (after the first month).
  5. In final internship, interns will slowly take control of the classroom, including planning, management, and grading. Final interns should have full teaching responsibility for 8 weeks. The final internship will last the duration of the SLU semester.
  6. Interns will arrange regular meetings with their cooperating teachers to discuss performance, progress, and planning. These meetings should not interfere with instructional time and should be respectful of the cooperating teacher’s busy schedule.
  7. Interns will use school supplies judiciously. Interns in practicum placements should expect to make copies needed for their lessons at their own expense, rather than at the school, unless the school specifically offers to allow the intern to use the copy machine.
  8. Interns will regularly engage in reflective-action/self-reflection in order to continuously improve their professional skills.

Cooperating Teacher Responsibilities

  1. Cooperating teachers will introduce the intern to the class the first day as another teacher who is in training.
  2. Cooperating teachers will provide the opportunity for interns to complete assignments and to become active participants in the life of the classroom.
  3. Cooperating teachers will have three years of teaching experience, be certified in the content area, and have completed Clinical Educator Training. Cooperating teachers of English/Language Arts students must have ESOL endorsement (beginning in 2008).
  4. Cooperating teachers will schedule time to meet with interns on a regular basis.
  5. Cooperating teachers will provide regular feedback, both verbal and written, to the intern and to the university supervisor.
  6. Cooperating teachers will be willing to fulfill the role of mentor for the intern.
  7. Cooperating teachers will complete midterm and final evaluations of the intern in addition to lesson observation forms as appropriate.
  8. In final internship, cooperating teachers will ensure that interns have a work space of their own (i.e., a desk or table and a chair).

University Supervisor Responsibilities

  1. University supervisors will visit the cooperating teacher and intern within the first week to provide needed paperwork/orientation.
  2. University supervisors will make regular visits to the classroom to check on the intern’s progress. During practicum placements, the university supervisor will make a minimum of three visits with two formal observations. During final internship, the university supervisor will make a minimum of six visits, including the five formal observations.
  3. University supervisors will notify the internship coordinator of any major concerns regarding an intern’s progress in the placement. Serious concerns should be reported to the internship coordinator no later than a week following the midterm evaluation so that a professional development plan can be created to help the intern achieve the goals of the placement.
  4. University supervisors will maintain regular communication with cooperating teachers and interns throughout the semester.
  5. University supervisors will complete midterm and final evaluations for all interns. Each of these evaluations will be discussed with the intern during a conference.
  6. University supervisors will introduce themselves to the school administrator(s) at the beginning of the semester and thank the administrator at the end of the semester.
  7. University Supervisors will turn in to the intern coordinator all evaluation forms and other documentation of supervision each semester during the last week of classes.