INTERNSHIP WORKPLACE TRAINING AGREEMENT SUMMARY
1. STUDENT REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
I understand that the registration process is the same for SSC 493 as it is for all MSU courses and the dates for late enrollment fees, specified in the MSU Schedule of Courses, applies to SSC 493, as well. And I understand that it is my responsibility to be aware of the enrollment dates specified by the University for the semester of my internship. I understand, too, that if I forget to register for SSC 493 by the deadlines given in the MSU Schedule of Courses, or I apply to and complete the application process for a College of Social Science internship at a late date, I may be assessed late fees. Further, I understand that permission from the internship coordinator to enroll in SSC 493 late in any given semester, does not waive late enrollment fees as specified in the Schedule of Courses. I also understand that if I have enrolled for other courses for the semester of my internship and plan to drop them, but forget to do so, or I drop them after the deadline for a full refund, I will bear the responsibility for that inaction or action. I further understand that, in those circumstances, the internship coordinator will not be able to waive fees or request a refund for the course or courses.
b. D2L Enrollment
I acknowledge that I have been made aware of the online D2L system and understand that I am required to visit the site frequently throughout the entirety of the course. I understand that all class materials will be available on the D2L system.
c. Grades and Assignments
I understand that SSC 493, the internship course number, is graded on a P/N basis (P=Pass and N=No Pass) with a 3.0 required to pass, and that grades are posted at the end of the semester by the Registrar's Office, just as they are for any other MSU course. I further understand that to view my grade at semester's end, I will need to access Student Information on the MSU website. Finally, I understand that I am responsible for adhering to expectations set forth in the course assignments and that, if I fail to meet course expectations, I will receive an "N" grade and my internship may be terminated. (NOTE: Courses graded P/N will not influence your overall numerical GPA.) I understand I am required to complete assignments and earn 80/100 points as described on D2L SSC 493; I must meet the page number requirements for the number of credits I am earning; and I must submit my assignments by the due dates specified. Failure to do so could result in an "N" grade.
d. Internship Verification
I understand that the College of Social Science must be able to authenticate my internship workplace and must be able to do so within one month following the onset of my internship. I also understand that, if asked, I must submit materials to verify the authenticity of my internship and, if deemed necessary, a site visit may be made by authorized college personnel. If the College of Social Science is unable to verify the facts of my internship as given on my training agreement form, I understand that I will receive an "N" grade.
e. Truth in Reporting
I understand that the information I have provided on my training agreement form must be truthful and accurate. Additionally, I understand that if I have misrepresented the facts of my internship, for example, I have provided false information about the workplace, workplace supervisor, time commitment, or responsibilities, an "N" grade will be given and disciplinary action will be taken.
f. Training Agreement Modifications
I understand that I am not allowed to make changes in my training agreement (workplace, workplace supervisor, hours responsibilities, internship location) without the permission of the internship coordinator and an authorized representative of my internship workplace. I further understand that amendments to my training agreement must be in writing and these amendments must be made expeditiously. Finally, the coordinator must be made aware of any changes in my circumstances as soon as they occur.
I understand I am required to conduct myself properly during the internship, working to further the workplace's best interest, and observing all company rules, which include dress code, policy about making personal phone calls, and personal use of e-mail and the Internet. I also understand that violation of common work rules, including absence without notification, tardiness, business confidentiality, use of alcohol or controlled substances, insubordination, sexual misconduct, etc., will be grounds for termination of my internship and/or an "N" grade.
h. Problems at Internship Site
I understand that I am required to notify the coordinator of problems I may experience with regard to my internship and that notification must be at the time of the problem.
I understand that if I am terminated by my internship agency or company, regardless of whether my internship is paid or unpaid, I will not pass SSC 493. I further understand that the internship coordinator will be unable to intervene on my behalf, should I not comply with company policy, if I am dissatisfied with the terms of my company's contract, or if I am dissatisfied with my assigned supervisor or responsibilities as stated in my training agreement.
j. E-Mail Access and Response is Mandatory
I understand that I am required to have access to my MSU e-mail account in order to receive and read messages sent by the coordinator or the authorized representative. I understand that I am required to respond, in an expeditious manner, to any inquiries made by the coordinator or her authorized representative, whether these inquiries are by e-mail, telephone, mail, or other means.
k. Time Commitment/Hours Per Week & Length of My Internship
I understand there are two parts to my time commitment: 1) I am required to work the hours per week stated on my training agreement form, and 2) I am to work those hours each of the weeks --starting date to ending date --designated on my training agreement form. [Students are not permitted to quit internships early just because they have completed the total hours; they must continue their internships for the length of time specified on the training agreement form.] I also understand that I cannot alter that time commitment without permission from the coordinator and I understand that if I do not meet my time commitment, I will not pass SSC 493. I understand that I cannot take time off from my internship, unless I have it approved beforehand by my agency supervisor. I understand that tardiness is unacceptable and that I am required to arrive and leave according to the schedule I negotiate with my supervisor.
l. Change in Number of Credits for Which I have Enrolled
I understand that I will not be permitted to alter the number of credits for my internship after the middle of semester date designated by Michigan State University for the semester(s) indicated on my training agreement form. (Prior to enrolling in internship credit, I am expected to meet with my academic advisor regarding the number of SSC 493 credits I should take and how they will apply to my degree program.)
m. Workplace Supervisor
I acknowledge that my supervisor is not currently an undergraduate student at Michigan State University or any other university. And I acknowledge that, for reasons of objectivity, my supervisor may not be and is not a friend or family member. I understand that I must notify the internship coordinator if a new supervisor is assigned to me other than the one named in the training agreement.
2. WORKPLACE RESPONSIBILITIES
a. Provide documentation confirming student has met time commitments.
b. Retain student for the entire semester or semesters unless terminated for any reason.
c. Give the student the opportunity to work on different jobs in order to acquire and practice various skills.
d. Counsel the student, answering questions and discussing methods and operations, and provide regular feedback concerning performance.
e. Notify the Domestic Internship & Service Learning Coordinator, preferably by phone, on any cause of dissatisfaction or of misconduct on the part of the student.
f. Complete the evaluation forms that are provided by the Domestic Internship & Service Learning Coordinator at the middle and end of the internship experience.
3. DOMESTIC INTERNSHIP AND SERVICE LEARNING COORDINATOR RESPONSIBILITIES
a. Maintain liaison between the workplace and the College of Social Science.
b. Evaluate semester papers and projects as described in the SSC 493 course syllabus, verify that the intern has met his/her training agreement obligations, and assign grades for all interns.