MSA 690 Internship

All MSA students, effective with the 10-11 Bulletin, are required to take six core courses: MSA 600, MSA 601, MSA 602 , MSA 603, MSA 604, and MSA 699.  MSA 690 is an optional course, but strongly recommended for students who need hands-on administrative experience.  MSA 690 may be used as a cognate course or in a concentration with permission of the advisor and the MSA Director.

MSA 690 Forms

Internship Handbook (Revised Spring 2009)
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Internship Handbook for Supervisors (Revised Spring 2009)
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Course Objectives:

After completing this course, the student should:

Observe and study the role, functions, and style of management and administration.

Articulate the goals and planning processes of the organization, how they are determined, know the priorities of the organization, and determine how/why they are selected.

Analyze a decision-making process at different levels of the organization, including the responsibilities, function, and organization of the governing board, the management staff, the administrative staff, as well as other staff units, and other key departments.

Analyze the operational effectiveness of the organization.

Explain the organizational structure, the organization's place within the system, and the organization's relationship with other institutions.

Use the environment to test skills, theories, and concepts presented during the intern's academic preparation.

Strengthen judgment, decisiveness, and related administrative skills in the functional service environment.

Develop an appreciation of the need for a code of ethics, a philosophy, and a dedication to the high ideals and standards of administrative organizations.

Study an organizational problem and develop recommendations to management by means of the capstone research project.

MSA 690 is taken for 3 credits which encompass a 300-hour internship experience.  Students submit a weekly log to document the 300 internship hours.  Other requirements, such as a reflective paper, may be assigned by the MSA 690 instructor.