Community Partner Responsibilities
The following is a general guideline of the Site Supervisor’s responsibilities:
- Understand that the student is an individual who has a unique background.
- Provide a learning plan to be updated as the student develops professionally.
- Provide guidance and counsel in an amount appropriate to the student’s personal and professional maturity.
- Schedule conferences with the student to give feedback on performance and provide guidance on projects and assignments.
- Oversee the student’s schedule and maintain a record of the student’s hours for verification at the midpoint and final evaluations.
A. Identifying student responsibilities and expectations
Internships create benefits for both students and community partners; students gain practical experience and develop critical skills while community partners gain creative, energetic students ready to apply theories to the real world. Once a student has been accepted at a site, the on-site supervisor will be asked to identify the role the student will play in the organization, including responsibilities, work schedule and reporting structure.
Experiences often include one or more of the following:
- Demonstrate professionalism in the field, as displayed by the student’s interpersonal skills, conduct, work ethic, self-directed initiatives, and qualitative/quantitative contributions to their hosting organization.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills in areas of writing, verbal responses, non-verbal communications, and presentation development and delivery.
- Practice effective self-management and leadership skills, taking initiative as warranted and demonstrating creativeness in clinical work and completion of tasks.
- Integrate didactic skills learned in academic training into the practice setting.
- Observe the provider-patient relationship, including patient assessment management and patient education.
The supervisor and student will complete an Educational Agreement (EA) that will serve as the learning agreement. Students should discuss with their Site Supervisor the type of learning experience desired and develop a clear understanding of the scope of responsibilities. The Tasks and Learning Objectives section must list the activities the student will complete while in the internship. It is the student’s responsibility to submit the document to the Placement Specialist to be approved no later than one week prior to the internship start date.
B. Planning projects and learning outcomes
The supervisor will identify and plan, with the student, the project(s) the student will be working on during the internship through the Educational Agreement (EA). The EA serves as the learning agreement between the student and Site Supervisor for the placement. The EA should be an individualized learning agreement, unique to each student. The student and Site Supervisor should work collaboratively to develop the content for the EA. It is the student’s responsibility to complete and submit the document to the Placement Specialist to be approved no later than one week prior to the internship start date. The EA must be correctly completed, in its entirety, and the file name for the EA has to be written exactly as instructed for a student to receive maximum grade points for this task responsibility.
The most important section of the EA is the Tasks and Learning Objectives section. In this section, students must list the actual tasks, duties, activities, projects, trainings, and job responsibilities (learning objectives) they will complete while in the internship. Students must advocate for their job responsibilities outlined in the EA to be an individualized learning experience that will help the student grow professionally and develop transferrable skills. Activities listed in this section should allow the student to receive as much hands-on training as possible. Students should discuss with their Site Supervisor the type of learning experience desired and develop a clear understanding of the scope of responsibilities (usually after a defined period of training, such as at the midpoint of the internship).
C. Providing feedback on student progress
The Site Supervisor will be asked to complete a Midterm and Final evaluation of the student and submit it to the Placement Specialist. It is recommended the evaluations be discussed with the student regarding student’s ability, strengths and weaknesses, and level of maturity as a beginning professional. In the event that problems exist to the degree that failure is imminent, the student and the Placement Specialist must be notified so that discussions can be initiated. Documentation of problem behaviors and pursuant conversations are essential.
During the course of the internship, site supervisors will be encouraged to contact the Placement Specialist should there be any questions/concerns regarding the student’s performance.