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The Field Supervisor plays a vital role in the internship experience.  They are a credentialed and experienced health practitioner, who is employed full-time by a health agency and who serves as the on-site Internship supervisor and mentor. The Field Supervisor is responsible for supervising intern projects, duties and performance, notifying Capstone/Internship Program Coordinator if problems are encountered during the internship period, and completion of the intern evaluation when the internship hours are fulfilled. 

Expectations and Guidelines for Field Supervisor

Capstone/Internship Program Coordinators

Contact Information:

Suzanne Selig (sselig@umflint.edu)

Molly Brennan (mollybre@umflint.edu)

Department of Public Health and Health Sciences

Phone: (810) 762-3172

Fax: (810) 762-3003

Intern Preparation/Prerequisites

Students are required to complete a series of courses before beginning their Internship/Capstone requirement.  Please contact one of the Capstone/Internship Coordinators (above) to verify that a potential intern has met these requirements.

Making an Offer for an Internship Opportunity

Interns must have an internship offer approved by an UM-Flint Capstone/Internship Program Coordinator prior to acceptance of an offer.  Once an offer has been approved and accepted, a Learning Contract must be completed and signed before an Intern may begin working. 

Learning Contract

The Learning Contract includes a timeline (estimated start and end dates) and a statement of the goals and objectives for the agency and the intern.  If the Internship includes a project, then it should be described briefly on the Learning Contract (or on an additional page).  The content of the Learning Contract should promote a clear understanding of the focus and substance of the internship.

Changes to Learning Contract

If you would like the intern to continue beyond the agreed upon end date, the end date may be extended by developing an amendment to the original Learning Contract.  The amendment must be signed by all signatories of the original Learning Contract.  Interns may accept an offer for a paid position but must still fulfill all conditions of the internship Learning Contract to obtain credit for their internship experience.

Intern Site Requirements/Activities

Projects and Activities

Any assigned project(s) and regular activities should be referenced on the Learning Contract.  It is understood that interns may be asked to perform functions not specified on the Learning Contract if consistent with the general expected duties of any internship.    

Journaling/Meetings

Interns are required to keep a journal of their experience and to attend capstone/internship meetings on campus (schedule varies by semester) as part of their grade.  Please encourage interns to reflect on their activities and experiences, and allow them to adjust their internship hours to attend these meetings whenever possible. 

Contact Hours/Credit Hours

Students may opt for a 3-credit (150-hour) or a 6-credit (300-hour) capstone/internship, as is arranged with you, as Field Supervisor.

Contact hours (150-300) must be completed on site at the agency, under supervision of the Field Supervisor.  Internship-related work performed at home does not count as "contact hours."

It is usually best when interns can be on site at least twice per week.  This provides them with substantial exposure to the agency so that they may become acquainted with agency personnel and to maximize their learning opportunities.

Field Supervisor Responsibilities/Expectations

o  Be able to make the necessary time commitment to provide needed guidance for intern.

o  Develop meaningful, challenging, and appropriate experiences relating to the intern’s academic and career goals as per Learning Contract.

o  Provide the intern with appropriate orientation to the organization, work environment, and organization policies and procedure including expected performance standards; office etiquette and attire; work hours; telephone manners; availability of supplies; confidentiality; and process for resolution of ethical dilemmas.

o  Define the role of the intern and communicate this role to the intern and relevant staff.

o  If possible, schedule activities that allow the intern to gain broad exposure to the professional field, as well as to develop proficiency at more narrow tasks.

o   Provide oversight of Intern’s projects, duties, and performance. 

o  Schedule regular supervisory meetings with the intern to enable the intern to ask questions, resolve problems, report on his/her progress, receive training and instructions, and receive advice related to his/her future career plans.

o  At the end of the internship, an exit interview should be conducted with the intern to discuss the Field Supervisor Evaluation Form (link for evaluation form will be emailed upon completion of interns contact hours).

o  Notify one of the Capstone/Internship Program Coordinators immediately of any problems or if you have questions or suggestions. 

o  If internship is conducted at place of employment, the Field Supervisor will assure that internship activities will be different than Intern’s job duties/activities and not conducted during paid working hours.

Expectations of Intern’s Professional Conduct

All interns must conduct themselves in a professional manner (dress, personal hygiene, and minimal use of personal electronic devices).  During the winter months, the University of Michigan-Flint may designate a snow day.  If the internship site is open, interns are required to make an attempt to report for their assigned work period.  However, if travel conditions are unsafe they should notify you that they cannot be present.

Discrimination/Harassment

Provide interns with a copy of the agency’s policy on discrimination and harassment.

Termination from the Capstone/Internship Program

Please contact one of the Capstone/Internship Program Coordinators immediately in the event of violations of professional conduct and/or generally accepted standards of ethical behavior.