Each student in the I/O program must complete an internship that provides practical experience in an organizational setting. An internship is an opportunity to do professional work under the supervision of another professional, and may entail either personnel research or applied activities, such as training, selection and appraisal, job analysis, or other similar functions.
An internship must meet the following minimal criteria:
- One semester of full-time employment in an organizational setting. Internship placements generally occur during the summer (May through August) following the first year of course work. A full summer's assignment (no less than 10 weeks) will be considered equivalent to one semester.
- A work placement, which will allow the application of knowledge and skills acquired as an I/O graduate student. Students may not interview for an internship without receiving prior approval from the Program Director. Students are usually placed on the company's payroll, and the assignment may require the student to relocate for the semester.
- An on-the-job supervisor who is familiar with the requirements of the internship program must supervise the internship. A psychologist (or other human resource professional) employed by the organization will supervise the student, or he or she will work under the supervision of an ECU I/O faculty member. The provision of supervision must be approved by the I/O Program Director prior to the beginning of the assignment. Each supervisor will be asked to summarize the student's performance in a feedback report provided to the Program Director and the student. Students will be evaluated on job performance, attitude, and professional growth.
Internship Placement Procedures
All first-year students (successfully completing 24 s.h.) will be assumed part of the internship applicant pool. As they are identified, open positions will be announced using at least one of the following methods:
- Open positions may be announced in a class in which all first-year students are enrolled.
- Open positions may be posted on the bulletin board beside Rawl 110.
- Open positions may be e-mailed to all first-year students.
Internship placements will be made according to the following set of guidelines when possible:
- All available organizations will be sent résumés/CVs of all of the available students.
- The number of students to be interviewed will be determined by the respective organizations.
- Each organization will be asked to rank acceptable candidates.
- Once all rankings are completed and returned to the Program Director, or by April 15th (whichever comes first), students will be assigned according to organizational rankings and student preferences. Where possible, assignments will be made in order to maximize the possibility that each organization gets one of its top choices.
- When possible, students will be informed of their assignments on or before April 15th.
Although the program typically facilitates the internship assignment, self-placements, arranged by the student, are acceptable with prior approval from the Program Director. Written evidence that the placement will meet the minimal requirements for an internship assignment is required prior to the student accepting the position. This statement should include:
- Description of the organizational setting, and outline of the work assignment.
- Description of expected work output (e.g., project report, technical manual, training material, etc.).
- Qualifications of supervisor.
- Supervisor's written endorsement of the project and agreement to provide feedback to both the student and the Program Director.
Click here for the Internship Agreement that must be completed for each internship activity (.docx).