Frequently Asked Questions for PLA Internship Supervisors
What is the Provost’s Leadership Academy (PSLA)?
The Provost's Leadership Academy is a one year program at the University of Arizona for invited first-year students to give them skills, networks, and opportunities for their leadership development and to connect to campus and community leaders. For more information about the program, please check out our website.
Who are the Interns?
As a Provost’s Leadership Academy scholar, your intern will have completed a one-semester preparation course in the Fall semester. It is our goal to prepare our students with the professional development and leadership skills that they will then apply in a practical setting through their spring internship with you. PLA students are highly engaged individuals from all majors who have a strong interest in developing their leadership.
What will I need to provide for my intern?
• Project – Supervisors will need to provide a meaningful project that the intern can work on throughout the semester. This format will differ depending on the internship site. Past projects have included planning an event (or series of events) or helping to develop and implement a program, initiative, or campaign for the organization. This internship is not intended to be an administrative internship; therefore the intern must be engaged in a project that will contribute to their knowledge and learning as a leader.
• Opportunity – As a supervisor, you should provide the opportunity for the student to expand his/her interests, gain practical experience in a professional setting, and learn about leadership in your organization.
• Supervision – Supervisors should provide support and guidance for the intern throughout the semester.
• Evaluation – Supervisors will be asked to provide a brief mid-term evaluation as well as a final evaluation of your intern upon the completion of the internship.
When will my intern be available to start and when will they finish their internship?
Your intern must complete his/her internship hours between January 9 and May 1, 2013.
How many hours will my intern be available to work?
Your intern will receive academic credit for his/her internship through The University of Arizona. As such, they are required to work a total of 60 hours throughout the semester, which is approximately 4 hours per week.
Should I pay my intern?
All PLA internships are unpaid. Students will receive academic credit for their experience.
How will I know who my intern will be?
Students will rank their preferences for internship sites. Based on your needs as well as the students’ interests and skills, students will be matched with an appropriate internship site. Both the supervisor and intern will be notified of the placement at the end of November 2012.
How do I sign up to host an intern (or interns) during the Spring 2013 semester?
To sign up to host an intern, please fill out the online Internship Posting Form to submit your internship opportunity and be recognized as a PLA internship site. Your completion of this form will allow your internship opportunity to be advertised to PLA students. You may post multiple positions as needed. The deadline to register your internship position is OCTOBER 1, 2012. Thank you!