The agency supervisor serves as an agency-based teacher who offers instruction and supervision and utilizes the agency's operations to provide professional and practical experiences. In discharging this function, the agency supervisor carries the following general responsibilities:
- Design of the learning experiences
- Selection of the student's assignments
- Continued instruction and exposure
- Evaluation of the student's work performance and to safeguard the quality of the agency's program as well as the student's well-being while affiliated with the agency
Specific responsibilities of the agency supervisor include the following:
- Guard against the student functioning in a manner that might impair the quality of services provided by the agency. It is also hoped that the agency supervisor allow the student reasonable freedom of operation so an adequate training program can be completed.
- Discuss the internship program with all agency staff and help the student gain acceptance as a member of that staff.
- Help the student understand his or her job as it relates to the entire operation and develop professional attitudes in dress, manners, and job responsibilities.
- Define the role of the intern through:
- An initial conference with the student to set short- and long-term goals and objectives and to prepare these in writing to be sent by the student to the faculty supervisor.
- Periodic conferences with the student to discuss issues that arise in the performance of duties assigned, techniques of leadership, and other factors that may influence effectiveness as a staff member.
- Evaluate the performance of the student through the following process:
- Completion of written assessments during the initial, mid-session, and final phases of the internship experience. The assessment forms will be provided by the faculty supervisor at the beginning of the internship with a timeline for the submission of these assessments.
- A formal review of these assessments with the student prior to submission to the faculty supervisor. This is an opportunity to discuss the progress being made by the student and to review expectations, goals, and objectives within the internship.
The faculty supervisor will keep in contact with the agency supervisor regarding the progress of the student. The main responsibilities of the Faculty Supervisor are as follows:
- Represent the university in all official arrangements with the agency while the internship is in progress.
- Assist the student in preparation for the internship through goal setting and the discussion of objectives that might be achieved during the internship.
- Supervise the training of the student while at the cooperating agency. This supervision will include periodic site visits or telephone exchanges to confer with the student and agency supervisor regarding the student's progress.
- Evaluate internship reports submitted by the student and the work assessments forwarded from the agency supervisor.
- Submit the final evaluation (grade) for the student based on input from the agency supervisor regarding the student's performance and the written materials and reports submitted by the student.
- Serve as a resource person for both the agency supervisor and the student.
In order to maximize student learning in an internship, certain expectations and responsibilities must be assumed by the student. These responsibilities represent a wide range of behavioral and attitudinal characteristics, as well as work site competencies that are part of the specific agency assignment. Although not all inclusive, the following are some of the student's responsibilities:
- Conduct oneself in a professional manner which reflects favorably upon the agency and the university as well as the student.
- Notify the designated agency representative when unavoidable absences or tardiness is anticipated.
- Work within the scope of agency policies and procedures as well as the requirements of the kinesiology department.
- Be ethical in dealings with co-workers and clients and maintain loyalty to the agency and its programs.
- Develop and maintain periodic and on-going goals and objectives which fulfill agency and internship responsibilities.
- Assist in daily agency interactions and procedures, maintenance of records, and preparation of materials and/or reports for the agency.
- Attend meetings, conferences, and programs to enhance skills and professional development during the internship experience.
- Take the initiative to seek help and advice from appropriate agency personnel and faculty members.
- Notify the agency supervisor and/or faculty supervisor immediately if a situation warrants special attention.
- Display interest, resourcefulness, and commitment in approaching problems and finding solutions.
- Keep the designated agency and faculty supervisors informed through scheduled reports related to the internship.
- Fulfill all responsibilities as designated in the agency acceptance Form.