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Personnel Preparation : Doctoral Student Opportunities Last Updated: Feb 16th, 2007 - 17:22:18

HECSE Offers Virtual Internships to Doctoral Students in Special Education
By Stan Shaw
Oct 15, 2006, 13:38

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HECSE “Virtual” Internship

HECSE is pleased to offer a “virtual internship” to doctoral students in special education who are pursuing their degrees at HECSE member institutions. It joins two aspects of HECSE’s mission:

To facilitate continuous improvement in the quality of doctoral programs offered by member institutions; and

To provide information to Congress, representatives of federal agencies, and others who are making policy decisions related to the preparation of special education doctoral students.

The purpose of the HECSE internship is to provide an opportunity for doctoral students to learn about public policy issues and the public policy making process in relation to special education, students with disabilities and teacher education.

• The internship is “virtual” in that almost all activities will be conducted through telephone or electronic communication.

• It would be ideal for the Fall internship to culminate or the Spring internship to begin with the intern participating in the HECSE Annual Meeting in late January.

• The internship will be offered for credit as a part of the doctoral program, if the IHE so determines.

• The internship will be supervised jointly by Jane E. West, PhD (consultant to HECSE for federal affairs), a faculty member at the institution where the doctoral student is enrolled and, the HECSE President. Dr. West is based in Washington, DC; the HECSE President is based on the campus of a HECSE member institution.

• The goal of HECSE initiatives is to facilitate continuous improvement in the quality of doctoral programs offered by member institutions.

• The internship will last for one semester.

• The responsibilities of the intern, which may be further delineated by the doctoral granting institution, may include:
Policy research on special education policy matters
Supporting HECSE Work Groups to develop special education policies
Assisting with the preparation for or follow-up to the HECSE annual meeting in January
Attending the HECSE annual meeting in Washington, DC
Assisting in drafting and revising HECSE statements and letters
Assisting in the development and collection of profiles of IDEA Part D personnel preparation grants received by HECSE members

Each intern will be required to develop a contract with their sponsoring faculty member at the IHE where they are enrolled in the doctoral program and Dr. West. The contract will outline in greater detail the responsibilities and deliverables required by through internship.

Candidates for the internship should have demonstrated ability to work independently and respond to short turn-around timelines. The internship will offer experience in understanding and participating in public policy deliberation related to special education and teacher education.

If you are interested in nominating a doctoral student for the HECSE internship, or for a doctoral student to self-nominate, follow the application procedures specified below:

1) A letter of application by the student that would respond to the following questions: a) Why are you interested in this internship? b) What experiences/skills do you have that position you to be effective in this internship? c) How do you envision using the public policy experience you gain in this internship in your future professional endeavors? d) Are you interested in a one or two semester internship?

2) A letter of recommendation and commitment to participate as an advisor by the faculty member sponsoring the student;

3) An indication of whether the institution can support the student attending the HECSE Annual Meeting in Washington, DC;

4) The student’s current curriculum vita, and

5) Selected candidates may be asked to participate in a telephone interview.

Applications are due:
Spring semester: October 15
Fall semester: March 1

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