One of seven internship seminars began today for a group of fourth year students who will be interning in schools for 16 weeks this fall. The 3-day internship seminar is where students and cooperating teachers meet, usually for the first time. The seminar helps students and their cooperating teachers begin a professional relationship in which they work collaboratively, with respect for one another.
At the assembly, various scenes were role played to show how issues can arise: the overworked, exploited intern; the intern who isn’t quite taking their internship seriously and so on. Dr. Xia Ji, the new Director of Student Placements and Field Experiences participated in the seminar this year. Manager, Jerry Orban works throughout the year to ensure all students have placements.
The Faculty of Education at the University of Regina places a strong emphasis on field experiences, which help students to integrate the theory they are learning in their programs with practical applications.