Master’s-level interns doing at least 20 hours a week perform many of the duties of professional staff at the McBurney Center. They learn about the role of disability accommodations for students with a variety of disabilities and how these are implemented in a large, complex university setting. They determine eligibility for services by interpreting multiple forms of health and learning assessments, conducting initial meetings with students, and consulting with staff and medical professionals. They develop service plans, train students on plan implementation, and meet as-needed to monitor student progress, providing support and resources to their on-going roster of students. In the process, interns become familiar with office and record-keeping procedures, ethical guidelines, and developing team-building skills. After the initial training period, interns meet weekly with their site supervisors where they evaluate progress toward departmental and personal goals. Evaluations typically occur twice a semester at mid-terms and finals.
Master’s-level practicum students doing less than 20 hours a week can choose from a variety of experiences at the McBurney Center. Although they do not typically carry a roster of students, they can learn about the service eligibility process by sitting in on meetings with students, reviewing medical or learning assessments, and assisting in service plan development. There are also a variety of projects such as research into disabilities, policy and legal issues, new technologies, adaptive equipment, treatments, and resources. Graduate students’ advanced level of education and experience allows exposure to more complex cases and issues as well as opportunities for input and decision-making at this pre-Master’s program.
Internship and Practicum (from 8-20 hours/week)
Experiences at this level include work on projects related to the disability field including the coordination of focus and support groups, workshops, trainings, and other center events. Although undergraduates do not carry a roster of students, they can receive instruction in the eligibility process with all the related procedures for getting students registered with the disability center at the post-secondary education level. Students can assist professional staff in providing direct services such as document conversion or launching surveys. They can also do research into disabilities, policy and legal issues, new technologies, adaptive equipment, treatments, and resources. Duties may involve interns sitting in on staff meetings, educating them on group dynamics, communication, and decision-making processes in a professional setting.