California State University, Chico



HCSV 489:  Internship

Fall 2011

HCSV 490:  Internship seminar

Butte 109

Wednesday 6:00 to 8:50 p.m. (5 sessions)


Dates: 8/24, 9/7, 10/12, 11/9, 12/7




Richard A. Narad, DPA, JD, FACHE

Phone:  (530) 898-5309

Butte 627

FAX: (530) 898-5107





Office Hours:  Monday/Tuesday 11:00-1:30


1.      Contract:  No hours count until the contract is approved.

2.      Scope of Course: The Internship and Internship Seminar are intended to allow students to blend coursework with real world experience. They offer an opportunity for immediate, objective feedback regarding job performance and problems encountered.

3.      Reading Materials:

·        Jobs Journal (subscribe at:

·        Forms—on Vista

4.      Projects and Activities:

·        Logs: One log is required for each week of the internship.  It must be received by email no later than 5:00 pm on Tuesday of the following week. 

·        Organizational description: An in-depth description of the organization at which you are interning.

·        Personal inventory:  A self-evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses as they relate to your career goals.

·        Resume/cover letter: A cover letter applying for a real job that you might seek after graduation, along with an up-to-date resume.

·        Career planning exercise:  A look into immediate, medium-range, and long-term goals for your life.

·        Personal evaluation of internship: A narrative summary of your experiences and what you accomplished this semester. 

·        Portfolio: A presentation of various projects that you have completed in your major classes, along with a reflective essay.

·        Supervisor’s midterm and final evaluations:  A written evaluation of your progress from your supervisor.

·        HCSV exit evaluation:  Your evaluation of the major.

3.      Grades:  Grade for the internship and seminar are based on a credit/no credit format.

The internship seminar is required for all HCSV interns. To receive credit for the seminar, you are required to attend each class meeting for the entire scheduled period. A three page research paper will be assigned for each hour of class missed.

Please note, all assignments and both evaluations MUST be turned in by the due date to assure that you receive credit for the Internship Seminar!  Be diligent in providing your supervisors with ample time to prepare the midterm and final evaluations and be sure to remind them when it is due. 

4.      Standards: This syllabus includes descriptions of each of the written assignments. All papers turned in for this course must comply with the following:

·        Use 81/2" x 11" paper, with one-inch margins on all sides

·        Type all written materials, with all text, including quotes, double-spaced in Courier 12 (except for the resume)

·        Do not use covers or cover pages

·        Do not exceed the maximum length for the assignment.

·        Papers must be free of typographical and spelling errors and must be grammatically correct.

5.      Confidentiality: During this course, the instructor, guest speakers, or students may share information regarding specific organizations or individuals. Such information should be treated as confidential and not discussed outside of the classroom. If you are in doubt regarding the confidentiality of any information, consult the instructor.

6.      Attendance:  To get credit, you must attend all sessions of the Internship Seminar.  One excused absence will be allow in exchange for writing a three-page paper on the topic that was missed.


Class schedule





Class activities


Assignments due

1 (8/24)

·        Course requirements

·        Professional ethics and organizational etiquette

·        Internship activities/issues

·        Internship contract

2 (9/7)

·        Career planning

·        Job searching techniques

·        Internship activities/issues

·        Organizational description

·        Personal inventory

3 (10/12)

·        Resumes and cover letters

·        Internship activities /issues

·        Career plans

·        Supervisor's mid-semester evaluation

4 (11/9)

·        Interviews

·        Resume review

·        Internship activities /issues

·        Resume and cover letter (bring 5 extra copies)

5 (12/7)

·        Alumni panel

·        Mock interviews

·        Portfolio review


·        Evaluation of internship

·        Supervisor's final evaluation

·        Exit evaluation

·        Portfolio



Date to be announced


Example of a log

Tuesday 2/23

Today I attended the Child Death Review Team meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to provide representatives from various agencies (Sheriff's Dept, DA's office, Public Health, Catalyst, Human Services) the opportunity to review child death cases and to identify families who had received fragmented services who could have benefited (prevented the child's death) from interagency collaboration from agencies who were aware of the other agencies' services the family was receiving.

The Glenn County DA rep (good old boy with a cowboy hat) had some colorful language and an "interesting" attitude. My supervisor, Debbie, who was facilitating the meeting handled him well.

Wednesday 2/24

Today I observed a presentation on statutory rape at the Gridley High School which was presented by someone from the Butte County DA's office. The purpose of the presentation is to inform the kids that sex with minors is illegal even between two minors and that the DA's office is cracking down on offenders (even minors). The presentator emphasized the problem of teen pregnancy. It was interesting watching the kids - I think at least one of the girls had an older boyfriend - her verbal response were very defensive especially when the presentator emphasized that older guys are with underage girls because they are losers and no one their own age would go out with them.

After the presentation I went to the office and looked through materials Debbie had been collecting in order to start a mailing list for the agency and client questionnaires.

Thursday 2/25

Today I made a color-coordinated poster on which we can record the information we gather regarding community needs and services. Debbie wants to make sure that we keep in mind the MCH Year 2000 Objectives and Butte County's status with these objectives as we assess the community. I enjoyed this project because I like to have visualize materials so I don't have to keep everything in my head where it can get muddled and writing out the objectives (in purple) helped me gain a better understanding of them.

Hours for the week: 20

Cumulative hours: 89


Organization description paper

When you start any new job, there are certain things that you’ll want to know about the organizations.  Sometimes these are provided to you in a formal orientation and sometimes you’ll have to dig for them.  Unfortunately, if you don’t ask these questions early, everyone will assume that you know it and you’ll probably be too embarrassed to ask.


Find out the following about the organization in which you are interning:

1.      What is the organization’s name and what are the name and title of your supervisor?

2.      How did the organization come into being?  Have its goals changed over time?  How?

3.      What are mission, vision, and goals, of the organization?

4.      Who are the clientele/customers of this organization?

5.      How is the organization organized?  Draw and attach a brief schematic representation of the organization's line of control—who is responsible to whom.  Include any boards or advisory groups.

6.      How big is the staff and what are the functions of individuals with whom you work?

7.      If the organization uses volunteers, how are they recruited, trained, supervised and evaluated?

8.      Where does the organization’s funding come from?

9.      What is the organization's relationship to other organizations (as cooperators, suppliers, customers, competitors)?

10. Attach any relevant brochures or handouts concerning the organization and its activities.

Papers are to be a maximum of 3 pages (plus attachments). 


Personal inventory

To know what the right job for you is, you have to know what you’re good at.  Complete a personal inventory, using the form available on Vista.

1.      Rate yourself as you see yourself in an entry level professional position using the matrix below.

2.      Identify your three strongest areas.  Explain why you believe these to be strengths and give examples of situations where this strength was demonstrated.

3.      Identify your three weakest areas.  Explain why you believe these to be weaknesses and give examples of situations where this weakness was demonstrated.  Identify steps that you can take to overcome these.

Papers are to be a maximum of 3 pages, including the inventory form.


Career planning exercise

Your career focus right now is probably on the job that you’d like to get right after graduation.  However, you should also be considering your future plans and how the early decisions will impact them.

In outline and short-sentence form, identify your goals/plans/hopes in the following areas:

1.      What job would you like to have at one-year, five-years, and fifteen years after graduation?  If you don’t have a specific job in mind, identify the type of job you’d like (people vs. paper, line vs. staff, etc.), the general industry or population with whom you would like to work and the level of responsibility you hope to have.

2.      Do you plan to go to graduate school?  If so, when and in what area?  Will you go back to school full time or go to school while working?

3.      Where would you like to live in one-year, five-years, and fifteen years?

4.      What are your salary goals/expectations/hopes in one-year, five-years, and fifteen years?

5.      When you attend your first, fifth, and fifteenth class reunions, what other significant events would you like to report?

NOTE:  While the portfolio and reflective essay are not due until the end of the semester, if you start thinking about them now, it will help you with this assignment.

Papers are to be a maximum of 3 pages.


Resume/cover letter


For this assignment, you will simulate applying for a real job.  (You're going to have to do it sooner or later, so you might as well start now!) This will be a good opportunity to have your application package critiqued before you start using it.  You should:

1.          Find five professional jobs that you might actually be interested in applying for after graduation.  Of these, at least one should come from a newspaper ad and at least one should come from an on-line source.

2.          Develop a resume.

3.          Write a cover letter applying for one of the jobs that you found above.

Submit all five of the actual ads, job announcements, or on-line job announcements along with the cover letter and resume.  The resume and cover letter should be done with the same quality that you would use if you were actually applying for a job.  If you need help on any of this, contact your instructor.


Portfolio reflective essay

For all Health Science students, the portfolio is a requirement for graduation.  For specific information please see Portfolio Guidelines available in the department office or on the web at (for Health Education and Gerontology) or (for Health Services Administration).

The purpose of the portfolio is to:

·      Identify your strengths and weaknesses as they apply to your choice of careers.

·      Document your professional skills for a potential employer.

·      Track your progress and professional growth as you progress through the program.

·      Identify skill areas which still need attention.

In addition, the portfolio provides the Department with materials for assessing the competency of our graduates and assists faculty in identifying strengths and weaknesses in the program curriculum.

1.      Finalize your portfolio.

2.      Prepare a reflective essay identifying your strengths and weakness, as they relate to your career choices.  Based on the materials you have selected to include in your portfolio, respond to the following:


Evaluation of internship


For your final evaluation of your internship summarize your experience.  Answer the following:

1.         Where did you intern and what were your general role, responsibilities, and functions?

2.         What projects or activities did you complete?

3.     What did you observe regarding:

·        Interpersonal relationships on the job including power struggles, competent and incompetent personnel, compromising values/morals, role conflicts, etc.

·        Interorganizational/intraorganizational competition

·        The organization's success at meeting its goals?

·        Financing or funding issues

4.     Did you have any attitudinal changes toward this type of organization, its mission or clientele/customers?  If so, what?

5.     About what did you feel the most positive, the most negative?

6.     What problems did you encounter?

7.     What aspect of your experience surprised you the most?  Why?

8.     As you look at your experiences, what are the three most significant things that you learned?

9.     What advice would you give the interns going out next semester?

Papers are to be a maximum of 3 pages.