Educational Leadership Program Internships
Both programs — the EDL (combined SBL/SDL) program and SDBL program — have a six-credit internship requirement. EDL students fulfill this requirement by taking EDL 585 Internship in School District/School Building Leadership and EDL 586 Seminar in School District/School Building Leadership, while SDBL students take EDL 565 School Business Internship and EDL 566 School Business Internship Seminar. The courses must be taken concurrently over the course of one semester and one summer.
The internship experience runs for 7 months which allows time for the intern to put into practice at both building and district levels what was learned in the courses regarding administrative practice. Interns are encouraged to work with multiple administrators in multiple settings.
In addition, there are field hours embedded in each course through authentic activities. These field hours and the EDL internship are typically completed within the school district in which the student works.
Students are eligible to complete their internship after they have 27 credits completed (including EDL 501, 502 & 503 for EDL and EDL Online students, and EDL 501 & 502 for SDBL students). For the spring/summer internship 27 credits must be completed by the end of the fall semester and for the summer/fall internship 27 credits must be completed by the end of the spring semester.
The internship is only offered over a spring/summer or summer/fall term. It is not offered during the fall/spring.
Students typically complete their internship within the district where they are currently employed. Students in the SDBL program will work with Dr. Scheidet to obtain a school district placement.
The EDL internship has a number of smaller requirements but the majority of the work will be a minimum of 300 management hours at both the building and district levels and 3 comprehensive projects. For the SDBL internship interns must become proficient in 75 competencies that cover all the responsibilities of becoming a business leader.
Two announcements go to ALL students in the program inviting them to apply for the appropriate internship when they have completed the necessary 27 credits. The first announcement is sent out May 1st for the summer/fall internship and the second announcement is sent out November 1 st for the spring/summer internship.
It is imperative that students respond to these announcements immediately as they will be entering a month long proposal stage. During the month students must meet with administrators to line up internship work, develop two comprehensive projects, develop a goal statement, and obtain administrative signatures on the required application. This takes time and there is a deadline for submitting all items for approval.