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Opportunities for Teaching, Internships, & Volunteering

The University funds some graduate assistantships that are made available to support teaching and research in the Workforce Education and Development program. The dictionary definition of the term, internship, is “The period of time during which a novice in a field serves in a subordinate capacity and continues to gain experience; the learning period before one becomes an expert.” I provide opportunities for students at Penn State and other institutions to become involved in my teaching activities. At Penn State, graduate teaching assistants are paid for their work; interns are not paid for their effort.

Teaching Assistantships

The Penn State Department of Learning and Performance Systems uses University funds to award graduate teaching assistantships to qualified applicants (see general information from the Graduate School about teaching and research assistantships). If you wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship with the Workforce Education and Development program funded through the University, contact the program office (310 Keller Building, University Park, Pennsylvania 15802; 814.863.2596) for Workforce Education and Development for application information.

Most decisions about assistantship availability are made by College of Education/Department of Learning and Performance Systems/Workforce Education and Development administrators. Final contract decisions resulting in the award of graduate assistantships are made by the Head of the Department of Learning and Performance Systems.

These assistantship awards are competitive. Some Workforce Education and Development graduate students apply for and are awarded graduate assistantships through Penn State units outside the Workforce Education and Development program.

Teaching Internships

Interns can become involved in my teaching in at least three ways. First, interns can design, deliver, and evaluate modules of instruction in one of the courses that I teach. Second, interns can support student performance in my courses through activity that supplements and complements the instruction of individual students or groups of students who are completing specific tasks or are experiencing course performance problems. And, third, interns can perform tasks involved in the design and development of instruction which include creation of processes and applications of technologies that will be implemented within courses that I manage.

Two paths are available for conducting teaching internships with me. First, you may receive academic credit for completing an experience in college teaching that I supervise by preparing and submitting a proposal for and, then, enrolling in a course, WF ED 602, Supervised Experience in College Teaching, with me as the Instructor of Record. Second, you may engage in an internship without receiving academic credit (Contact me directly to plan). A formal, written agreement for non–credit internships will be approved between the intern and me which delineates our joint obligations and activities.