Field placement/internship interview. How does this work?

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

It was a possibility at my undergrad, and a possibility at my grad, but not quite in the way I think you’re describing. In my case, I got an internship and then retroactively applied it for credit. I also had to have outside research experience to graduate – so my supervisor signed a form to say I had the internship and everything was done. 

From what I’ve heard though, it does seem to be exactly like a job search process but a little less picky, as they (should be) planning to train you most of the way because it’s an internship. They should interview you, maybe test you a bit to see what your skill level is, and then hire you. 

I have never had an internship that doesn’t pay….is that just based on this specific internship, or is it a program through the school?

 

In any case – good luck! 🙂 You’ll do great!

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I did Fall 2011 before I student taught Spring 2012, but that is slightly different. I did interview at a school in my area because I had not done any fieldwork there. I ended up getting my student teaching internship at the school I had done all of my fieldwork in while finishing my degree. It was actually pretty competitive. My district is hard to get into and student teaching in it really helped you get your foot in the door and increased the chances of getting hired. I went through a much more intense process 2 years ago when interviewing for my Fellowship year (a one-year, intense Grad program for first-year teachers)…we had a day of just interviews with various schools. It was literally speed interviewing (about 8 minutes per school). Super competitive and intense!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’ve had 3 different internships and none of them paid. Relax… though the process is similar to a real job search, there’s a lot less pressure since they’re not paying you. Also, they understand that the internship is a learning experience for you so they don’t expect you to be perfect. At least, they shouldn’t.

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