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Education Internship/Vacation Program for Undergraduates
As an undergraduate student, an internship in education/teaching is a great way to bridge the gap between studying and landing a future career in the education industry. Internships are seen as a valuable opportunity to get an inside view of the industry and organisation/company, gain valuable skills and knowledge, make professional connections, and gain experience in the field. By the end of an internship, not only do you have relevant experience but it can also help you decide whether a career in education is right for you. Roles such as teachers, teachers’ aid, teaching children and disabilities, assisting in pre-school classes and more all fall under the field of education.
A few requirements to be qualified for an internship in education include having a background in education and personal skills such as responsible, diligent, good communication skills, and an interest in teaching and education fields. In addition, you do not need to be currently be studying a teaching qualification to be qualified.
What to Expect
Internship opportunities exist for education exist everywhere including business administration in both public and private sector, theatre management & education and the most prominent of public schools1.
Interning in theatre management & education requires you to assist with venue and stage management, observe the classes and rehearsals and with office administration and front of house duties. Internships in business administration have responsibilities that include administration of day to day operations, development and implementation of new business processes or the oversight of project management through various event management projects.
Education internships that are set in public schools are different to other internships as their start dates are set to follow the Australian school term dates with you in the position of an assistant teacher to support one or more teachers within the school. You can expect yourself to participate in every aspect of school life with the roles that are related to the teacher in the classroom, the school and in the community such as2:
- Playground duty
- Sport supervision
- Roll duties
- School and faculty staff meetings
- Professional development sessions
- Parent/teacher meetings
- Any other programs or events in the school
Planning and development of lessons that constitute one or more units are emphasised in education internships and should be discussed with the mentor before the lessons are given. There should also have written evidence for all the planning. Plans may vary, however they should include:
- Identification of syllabus outcomes and indicators
- Development of appropriate learning outcomes specific to the particular context
- Specification of procedures/tasks to be completed by students including resources to be used, linked to achievement of outcomes
- Indication of development in lesson sequence
- Strategies for progressive and cumulative assessment of students’ work and evaluation of lessons/units
- Procedures for reflective evaluation of teaching and program planning and implementation
Outcome of an Internship
There are many benefits to an internship that may help you in the future and through an education internship, you can expect to be able to:
- Assess and report on student achievement
- Understand of professional and ethical practice
- Be aware of other people in the school and the community
- Become aware, understand and develop skills in the specific roles and responsibilities of a teacher in their subject specialisations and effectively participate in those roles and responsibilities
- understand through an intensive experience the nature of schools as workplaces and their associated values, routines and cultures
- Further develop and refine their skills and professional capacity for classroom teaching in their subject specialisation, including those involving student management, pastoral care and relationships with parents/guardians and the wider community
- Plan, implement and evaluate effective teaching and learning strategies well-grounded in education research
1 studiesabroad.com, Education, 2015
2 University of Sydney, Specific Expectations of Interns, 2015