Field Instructor Training
Module 1: "Setting the Stage for Field Instruction"
Developmental Stages of an Internship
The field internship is characterized by developmental stages that most interns seem to experience - a sequential process of encountering both challenges and opportunities that impact both growth and learning. The following is based on the work of Sweitzer & King (2004) and their model for Framing the experience: the developmental stages of an Internship.
- associated with a generalized anxiety about the unknown,
- anxiety about personal preparedness, expectations of supervisor, coworkers, staff, clients, etc.
- characterized by a process of questioning,
- unexpected emotions, disappointment with supervisor,
- disappointment with the agency setting, dip in morale
- revisiting expectations,
- clarification of interpersonal and intrapersonal issues,
- increasing self confidence
- high levels of accomplishment,
- high morale,
- potential for increase in balancing demands of home, school and internship
- issues with termination and endings,
- redefining relationships with supervisor, coworkers, faculty, peers, clients
Source: Sweitzer, H., & King, M. (2004). The successful internship: Transformation and empowerment in experiential learning. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Developmental Stages of an Internship (7 Minutes)