|Costa Rica Programs - Experiential Education|
VERITAS coordinates with different NGOâ€™s and companies to offer Internship and Service Learning Opportunities. Students who would like to experience the labor environment in Costa Rica can apply during their Junior or Senior year to work for 2 to 6 months in a project related to their field of study.
The main objective of the program is to promote the cultural and professional exchange among Costa Rican companies and international students. Students can apply for the Internship program from February through November
Interns must be enrolled at VERITAS for internship credit and must have a minimum of a HIGH INTERMEDIATE level of Spanish (or higher if the internship requires it). UVERITAS and the employer will determine student eligibility for internship assignment. Criteria may include grade point average, major field, experience, language skills, among others. To qualify for an Internship: Students must have taken at least five courses in the field of studies related to the internship program they solicit, 3 of which must be upper division (Junior/Senior). It is highly recommended that students take an Intensive Spanish course (4 weeks) at VERITAS prior to the internship to refresh language skills and become acquainted with the country before the internship begins. Students must also be in good academic standing (2.6 or better).
1. Students may stay for a maximum of 8 months in a given internship assignment. (Student teaching in a teacher certification program is not considered as an internship and is exempt from these limitations). Credits will be assigned by each sending university based on the total hours/weeks of the internship, the complexity of the internship assignment and the studentâ€™s accomplishments -not merely length of time spent-.
2. Internship Credit: Students must work a minimum of 30 hours per week in the internship assignment in order to receive â€śInternshipâ€ť credits. Satisfactory completion of the internship is determined by : Check-in Meetings, Internship Journal, Application Project or Work Experience Portfolio, Supervisor's Performance Evaluation and Final Presentation of work experience.
3. Credit limits are determined by the sending institution and not by VERITAS. Students may also combine research or work assignments in their internship experience as the research hours needed to complete an Independent Studies course at VERITA (student must also complete 20 to 30 course contact hours with the assigned faculty member depending on the Independent Studies course).
4. Credit should be awarded during the semester that the internship is completed.
A. Initiate Participation - Students must write a letter of proposal and intention to VERITAS at least three months prior to the desired semester of participation in internship programs.
B. Consideration of Employment Opportunities - Students should obtain information concerning the requirements for potential opportunities in specific areas of interest from their home institution, enrollment agency or directly from VERITAS.
C. Preparation of MOU - Students should prepare a resume and/or the personal data MOU sheet.
D. Determination of Specific Objectives - Students will assume primary responsibility to determine specific objectives of the internship in consultation with their faculty supervisor and VERITAS, and will also identify activities that will relate to these objectives.
E. Procedures - Students will submit an application for internship participation and sign the MOU. Students will register at VERITAS and pay tuition and fees associated with the internship assignment during the first week of the program.
F. Assignments -
1. The student will submit periodic progress reports (bi-weekly) or journal to the VERITAS faculty advisor.
2. The student must to meet with the faculty advisor to discuss their Internship experience portfolio and set presentation dates, with the number and frequency to be determined by the International Programs Center and the faculty advisor.
3. The student will submit a final Internship Experience portfolio which is evaluative in nature and which makes recommendations for future internships. The report should be more than the compilation of the journal or weekly reports. It should provide a thoughtful critique of the experience and self evaluation of his/her performance.
4. Additional assignments and/or specific on-site projects may be added as part of the Employer supervisorâ€™s evaluation process.
5. The student will develop a 15 minute presentation of the Portfolio or general internship experience to be presented at the end of the assignment to the faculty supervisor (and possibly other faculty members).
A. Identification of Objectives and Activities - Assists the student in identifying internship objectives that are consistent with the intention of the program and the studentâ€™s interests and capabilities.
B. Supervision of Internship - Provides indirect supervision by reviewing progress reports that are submitted by the intern. Serves as contact person when cooperating employer finds it desirable to discuss aspects of interns program. On- site visit by the faculty supervisor is desirable whenever practical. May serve as project supervisor if student elects to take Independent Studies course in addition to internship.
Cooperating Employer Responsibility
B. Provide professional educational experience - Provide the opportunity for a student to receive a professional educational experience.
C. Evaluation - May assist the Faculty Advisor in the final evaluation of the studentâ€™s performance and will turn in his/her own evaluation. Takes under advisement suggestions made by intern in final evaluative report as to how future internships at the site could be improved.
1) The intern candidate, University or Agency sends curriculum, application or MOU with the candidates profile, objectives and academic qualifications.
2) U Veritas consults with the organization or company most suitable for the internship about placing the Intern according to â€śclearâ€ť objectives and expectations.
3) The organization or company assigns a supervisor for the intern
4) U Veritas assigns an academic advisor to monitor the internship and a host family for the Intern.
5) U Veritas structures and MOU or makes information changes on the original to reflect internship assignments and issues an invoice.
6) The Intern, University or Agency sends flight information so U Veritas can arrange airport pick up.
7) The Intern must take a placement exam for language level verification and attend a general orientation.
8) Somebody from the U Veritas staff will accompany the Intern to his/her first day to the company or organization just so the Intern can figure how to get there.
9) After the Intern has determined his/her schedule he/she must communicate with the advisor to set up their meetings schedule and project structure.
10) The Intern will meet with his/her academic advisor weekly or bi-weekly (depending on internship location). The intern will go over journal entries, photographic materials or any information related to the internship during the academic meetings.
11) The Academic advisor and the Intern will set up a date and time for the final Internship Experience portfolio presentation.
12) The company or organization supervisor will turn in his/her evaluation of the Internâ€™s performance.
13) The Academic advisor will turn in the final evaluation document with the internship completion resolution in order to issue an academic transcript from Veritas.
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