Internship, Practicum and Other Courses involving Field Experiences
Internships and practicums provide students with opportunities to gain experience with professional practice in their disciplines by offering realistic on-the-job experiences and personal contacts with employers.
The following administrative standards govern internships, practicums, and other field experiences for graduate credit at Appalachian:
Eligibility: Students seeking to pursue an internship, practicum or other field experience must be degree-seeking, certificate-seeking or working toward teacher licensure. Other students must have special permission from the dean of the college or school housing the department and from the Graduate School.
Registration: Students must contact the appropriate academic department advisor for instructions on approval and registration procedures. The academic department will make the final determination as to whether the student's proposed internship/practicum experience is appropriate for the academic program requirements; whether the proposed internship adheres to all University, state, and federal guidelines; and whether the internship/practicum supervisor is adequately qualified.
To register for an internship or practicum, student information must be entered into the internship inventory; please refer to the department office for further information. Students must register in internship/practicum credit for the entire length of the experience. Internship credit will not be awarded retroactively.
Contract: An internship/practicum contract will be completed and entered into the internship inventory outlining the responsibilities of the University, of the student, and of the participating agency or internship host.
Liability Coverage: Appalachian State University requires general and professional liability insurance coverage for all courses coded as internship, practicum, field experience, and clinical. When a student registers for one of these courses, a fee will be applied to the student's account to purchase liability insurance. For information about coverage, go to internships.appstate.edu/insurance
International Internships: A student seeking an international internship or practicum experience must ensure that the office of International Education and Development has certified that the student has completed all required pre-departure paperwork and procedures.