Admin I Internship Expectations and Responsibilities


Time Requirements

The administrative internship consists of a minimum of 240 hours. Each intern is required to
complete the following:

  • A minimum of 120 hours of administrative duties working with a school administrator, preferably the principal. A minimum of 60 hours should be logged by the mid point of the internship. Duties include direct involvement with key stakeholders of the school -teachers, students, parents and community partners. These duties should be in areas that broaden the intern’s experience for becoming an administrator, such as concrete planning for school budgets, schedules, technology, policies, community involvement, professional development, and supervision. Duties should require greater responsibility and time committed as assigned tasks become more complex during the internship experience. Administrative duties are documented in Weekly Logs.
  • A minimum of 30 hours of of instructional time. Each class meeting will include administrative topics relative to the schedule of administrative responsibilities added throughout the internship.
  • The remaining 90 hours will be made up of the following:
    • Planning meetings between the on-site mentor and intern.
    • Three peer coaching experiences in which the intern will observe another teacher. Each of the three peer coaching experiences will consist of a pre-conference to establish what the teacher wants to have observed, the observation itself, and a post-conference where the observer shares his or her feedback. A reflection will be completed by the intern following each coaching activity.
    • Three professional development presentations. The presentations may be shared with the instructional staff in meaningful ways with the approval of the school’s principal.
    • Weekly logs uploaded each week to Moodle as a private assignment (to make sure students are dedicated to consistently completing this assignment each week).
    • Online discussion with administrative peers in the course in a public class forum discussion in Moodle.
    • Administrative development experiences to include two shadow days with the onsite mentor. The first shadow day must be conducted with in the first two months of the internship and the second shadow day within the last two months of the internship.
    • All course assignments listed in the syllabus.

Responsibilities of the Student Intern

The intern is required to:

  • Write an original site description.
  • Design a job description.
  • Develop goals and objectives for the internship experience. Goals and objectives must relate to the PSEL Standards.
  • Complete administrative development tasks. An on-going log of internship activities is to be maintained weekly.  Tasks should require more time and involvement over the duration of the experience.
  • Conduct peer coaching activities.
  • Prepare staff development bulletins.
  • Participate in internship conferences with supervisors and mentors.
  • Write an end-of-the-semester report about the internship experience.

Each Intern will prepare a notebook with one section devoted to each of the requirements listed above.  This will allow the University Supervisor to review the course requirements and give feedback and support.

Each intern will prepare a portfolio aligned with the PSEL Standards documenting the internship accomplishments, clearly demonstrating how the experiences in the internship and the courses that prepared the intern to meet the PSEL licensure standards.   During the first month of the internship, interns should begin the portfolio, including relevant documentation, and remain mindful of the areas where they need additional self-development experiences.  Interns are to retain all papers, handouts, syllabi, etc. from all classes to aid in the completion of the portfolio.


Responsibilities of the On-Site Mentor

The On-Site Mentor, usually the school principal or designee, will serve as the primary point of contact and role model for the Student Intern.  The On-Site Mentor guides the Student Intern through the internship experience by creating a welcoming environment for learning and growth, and by providing support and recognition as administrative duties are delegated.  The role requires that opportunities be developed to provide the Student Intern with insight and exposure to the “holistic” functioning of school administration.  Many Student Interns consider the success of their experience to be in direct correlation with the techniques they have modeled after the methods seen in practice by their Internship On-Site Mentors.

Specific responsibilities of the On-Site School Mentor include the following:

  • Develop a strong personal working relationship with the Student Intern and demonstrate compassion and integrity for the outcomes of the Intern’s experience.
  • Provide the Student Intern with appropriate orientation and responsibilities related to the state and local standards, school policies and procedures and the culture of the work environment. School Mentors should provide assistance to the Interns in relating the PSEL Standards to site-based operations.
  • Provide regular feedback to the Student Intern regarding his/her progress.
  • Assist the Student Intern in interpreting and analyzing the behaviors and actions of people as they perform daily functions.
  • Maintain close contact with the University Supervisor to ensure a successful experience.
  • Work closely with the Student Intern in developing appropriate administrative knowledge and skills. Intern responsibilities should be tailored to their own individual needs and become increasingly more complex and involved over time.
  • Provide opportunities for the Student Intern to participate in a range of experiences that characterize the work of school administrators, including experiences with community partners and agencies that collaborate with the school. Experiences should be broad in scope and occur across multiple settings relevant to the knowledge and skills required of school administrators.
  • Consult with the University Supervisor three or more times during the internship.
  • Collaborate with the University Supervisor to complete the Internship Evaluation form.