Internship Expectations

1. 40 hours/week for 15 weeks (600 hours)

2. A learning experience that supports your classroom learning at UMD: This internship supports our program goal of professional development of outdoor and environmental educators. Ideally you will have a chance to learn to teach about or interpret a new ecosystem and to work with new audiences, topics, and teaching methods. If possible, you are encouraged to visit other sites or centers during your internship, so that you are exposed to additional examples of outdoor education. Your internship should involve a variety of experiences, and the following breakdown of time is suggested:

Note: Your assignments should be built into your daily schedule, so that you are not having to complete your research project, for example, on top of an eight-hour work day.

3. Mentoring from your site supervisor: While you will have much to contribute to your site, based on your coursework and previous work and personal experiences, the goal is for you to learn from your site. Thus, it is expected that your site supervisor guides you and challenges you, helping your learn from the site through guided experience, rather than "turning you loose" to work completely on your own.

4. Professional conduct: When you are working at your internship site, you are representing the Recreation-Outdoor Education major and UMD. Their impressions of our program will be shaped by their impressions of you! You are expected to exhibit a strong work ethic, putting at least 100% effort into your internship. Challenge yourself to be a self-reflective learner, thinking about how you can apply what you've learned through the program to your internship. You are expected to communicate professionally, using appropriate and correct forms of oral and written communication, and to dress professionally and appropriately. You are also expected to carry out your internship responsibilities with respect for the rights, dignity, safety, and well-being of peers, instructors, participants, and others with who you come in contact. It is also expected that you model environmentally-responsible/low-impact behaviors, and that you distinguish between being an outdoor educator and being an environmental advocate. As an educator, you can help participants develop the knowledge and skllls to act responsibly regarding the environment, but ultimately it is up to participants to make their own decisions regarding what to think or do.