Student working with a baby rhinoceros

"Care For Wild" - Olivia Powell 2012  working with a baby rhinoceros

An internship is a vital part of gaining hands on experience in your field of interest. It can help you determine what you do and don't like and can be a key component in getting your future job after graduation.

 

 

 

YOU MUST BE A UVM STUDENT ENROLLED AS AN ANIMAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES MAJOR OR MINOR TO PARTICIPATE IN GETTING CREDIT FOR AN INTERNSHIP FROM THIS DEPARTMENT.

YOU MUST ALSO HAVE AN APPROVED WORKSHEET AND LEARNING CONTRACT (step 1 and 2 below) TO GET AN OVERRIDE. THE OVERRIDE MUST BE GRANTED BEFORE THE ADD/DROP DEADLINE!!! Don't wait until the last minute, this process can take a few days. 

Students who choose to pursue an internship for academic credit in the ASCI program must follow the steps outlined below.

Don't procrastinate! It is best to start the internship search & application process at least semester in advance.

If there are questions about how to complete an ASCI internship for credit please contact us at ASCI.Internship@uvm.edu

Step 1: Fill out an Internship worksheet

Internship worksheet

This is an initial point of contact and lets us know you are interested in an internship. It starts the conversation about the Who, What, Where, When and Why. An internship can be local to UVM or if you are hoping to do it over a holiday or summer break it can be anywhere.

Once you have filled out the worksheet you will get an e-mail from An ASCI inernship coordinator with questions, clarifications and next steps. Typically a 1 on 1 meeting is helpful to make sure everyone is on the same page before the Leaning Contract in step 2 is filled out. 

Please note when calculating hours worked and how many weeks you have that you can not log hours during finals week. ASCI requires 45hrs = 1 credit and we don't give 1/2 credits. Please contact us if you need clarificaiton on how this works.

If your internship has never had a UVM student before we will need to contact them to fill out some paperwork.

Internship Provider MOU (PDF)

Step 2: Submit Learning Contract

Submit Learning Contract 

After the Internship worksheet has been submitted and you get e-mail approval from an ASCI Internship Coordinator to move forward, you can submit a "Learning Contract"

A learning contract is required for all internships receiving credit. It is an agreement between the ASCI coordinator, the intern and the internship supervisor, outlining what everyone is responsible for and when it is due in order for the intern to receive credit. 

A Leaning Contract must be in place for a ASCI Internship Coordinator to grant an override for enrollment. This must be done by the Add/Drop deadline (typically about 2 weeks into the semester). 

Please note when calculating hours worked and how many weeks you have that you can not log hours during finals week. ASCI requires 45hrs = 1 credit and we don't give 1/2 credits. Please contact us if you need clarificaiton on how this works. 

Step 3: Request Override for ASCI 095/195 (ask about 295 - additional work required)

After the Learning Contract has been submitted and approved you can request an override. If you don't hear back with in 2 days please e-mail us at ASCI.Internship@uvm.edu to follow up. 
Once registered, refer to the course Blackboard site for submitting your weekly journal entries and assignments.

This must be done by the Add/Drop deadline!

Step 4: Submit Weekly hours and Journal Entry

Submit Weekly hours and Journal Entry

While doing the internship, students are required to submit a journal entry each week by the end of the day on Friday. Specific instructions regarding journal submission can be found on the ASCI 095/195/295 Blackboard site which all students registered for the course have access to.

If a student fails to submit a journal entry, their hours for that week will not be counted toward their overall hours.

Please note that a week is from Saturday-Friday at 11:59pm

Step 5: Mid Semester check-In

Mid Semester check-In

Halfway through the internship, the ASCI Internship Coordinator will be looking for feedback from both the student and the internship site supervisor to make sure each party is meeting their goals and objectives. The student is responsable for communicating the link and the deadline to the supervisor for this. Fall semester this is due the 7th week of the semester (typically early october), Spring semester it is due the 8th week (the week before spring break) 

Step 6 A: Student Evaluation of Internship

Student Evaluation of Internship

This is completed in the final week of the internship by the student. The information is confidential and is only for the Internship Coordinators.

Note:

Your power point slide / poster and photos will be due at this time as well and will be submitted though the course Backboard portal. 

Step 6 B: Supervisor Evaluation of Intern

Supervisor Evaluation of Intern

This is completed in the final week of the internship by the supervisor. The information is confidential and is only for the Internship Coordinators. The student is responsable for communicating the link and the deadline to the supervisor for this.

ASCI Internship Guidelines

  • This variable credit course allows students to register from 1-15 credits per semester.
  • A maximum of 15 credits (of internship credit) can be taken during a student's time at UVM.
  • According to ASCI policy, you are entitled to 1 credit for every 45 hours of participation at the internship site.
  • You will be billed for all credits exceeding 19 on your schedule for the fall and spring semester. Request form for more than 19 credits
  • Students doing internships for credit during the summer must register for ASCI 195 during the summer term. Summer tuition rates apply. See rates
  • Students cannot earn retroactive credit for internships completed in previous semesters.