DIT Student Internship Scholarship Programme 2016/17

Applications are invited for the DIT Student Internship Scholarship Programme funded by DIT's Student Life Council (Student Service (Capitation)) Fee income. The aim of this programme is to develop a range of transferable skills intended to enhance the learner's employability.  The learner will have an opportunity to develop his or her ability to work alone and within a team while also enhancing critical thinking and problem-solving. This programme will support career planning and the development of the individual as a reflective practitioner.  The Scholarship Programme involves the student completing a minimum of 100 hours of work experience in a specific DIT work area while also writing and submitting a reflective e-protfolio.  This is not an accredited module but students who pass will receive a Certificate of Achievement and a scholarship stipend of 1000 euro. 

This work-based learning module will place an emphasis on developing the learner's ability to manage their own learning in a supported environment. The learner will be immersed within the practice domain in a structured and supported learning module. Throughout the process, the learner will be supported in managing their learning through an online learning portfolio.

Delivery and Assessment

The programme will be delivered during the summer months by an academic tutor in conjuction with a workplace mentor. This tutor, mentor and the learner will meet at the start of the internship to discuss the work plan, learning outcomes,  assessment and tutoring and communication arrangements.

The academic tutor will then communicate with the learner over the course of the internship through an online platform (virtual learning environment). Through this platform the tutor will provide learning resources (such as readings, videos and links to relevant sources), support and assignments.

The module will be assessed by:

  • A reflective journal - this will be comprised of assignments over the duration of the internship facilitated throught the ePortfolio, which can be gathered together at the end. The learner will receive formative feedback from the academic tutor on each assignment as he/she develops reflective writing skills.
  • Career development plan - this will require the learner, at different stages of the internship, to methodically review where they are in their career, deciding where they want to be and setting targets and plans to get there
  • Presentation - at the end of the internship the learner will present to both their academic tutor and work mentor, in addition to a small panel of other tutors and mentors, on their work over the internship, what they have learned, how they have developed and their career plan.
  • A report from the workplace mentor on the performance of the intern.

Eligibility

  • Students who are fulltime, registered (paid registration fees) attending undergraduate and have passed the first year of their programme.
  • Your academic department had approved your participation in the internship programme

There may be a short listing of students for each placement considering the requirements of the work area and a selection interview of students will be held by the DIT manager/tutor.

Student information and requirements

  • Students must be attending their course and available for the required 100 hours of work experience over the summer period.
  • The students may be interviewed and offered a module  in a DIT work area.
  • Students are required to be flexible as to the scheduling of the working hours and agree the schedule with the DIT manager/tutor.
  • Students may voluntarily complete additional hours if they wish with the agreement of the manager on the understanding that no additional funding is payable. A statement should be signed off to this effect.
  • Students participating on the programme must sign an agreement which will stipulate the requirements of the programme including a confidentiality clause and disciplinary code.
  • Students must submit online asessments as required by their academic tutor.
  • The work place mentor will be completing a report on the work experience which will form part of the internship assessment.
  • All students must attend the end of programme awarding ceremony to receive a CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT.
  • The best performing student will be awarded an additional monetary prize in recognition of his or her achievement.

Arrangements

  • The FAA department manages the scheme.
  • The FAA department will issue the scholarship payments through online banking.
  • The first payment of 500 euro to be issued on commencement of the work experience.
  • The final payment will be issued upon successfyully passing the programme.

How to Apply

  • Applicants must complete the Student Internship Scholarship Programme online application form here
  • Attach an up-to-date CV and your academic record in DIT.
  • Attach a copy email from your academic department confirming your suitability, good course attendance and availability considering the expected course workload.
  • Attach a completed Bank Mandate form - Student Internship Programme (ensure it is stamped by your bank). 

If you have any general queries about the Programme please contact Deirdre Corcoran, Manager, FAA Dept at 01 4023353 or email deirdre.corcoran@dit.ie  If you have any academic assessment queries please contact Eric Bates at 01 4023984 or eric.bates@dit.ie

 

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