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The Successful Internship 3e

ISBN-13: 9780495596424 / ISBN-10: 0495596426

Personal, Professional, and Civic Development, International Edition
H. Frederick Sweitzer, University of Hartford
Mary A. King, Fitchburg State University
Published by Cengage Learning, ©2009

THE SUCCESSFUL INTERNSHIP: PERSONAL, PROFESSIONAL, AND CIVIC DEVELOPMENT, 3e, International Edition, is more than just a resource for finding and interviewing for internships; it addresses the concerns, emotions, needs, and unique personal challenges that are the essence of an internship or field experience. The authors describe in detail the path of change on which students will find themselves embarking and the challenges they will face along the way; the authors provide clear, concrete tools that build the foundation for students’ successful field/practicum experience. The book’s five-stage model of the internship process--anticipation, disillusionment, confrontation, competence, and culmination--places the material in a meaningful framework that lends structure to students’ understanding of the work they will be doing.


  • Student quotes and cases give the book an experiential, contextual feel.
  • Special features such as "Focus on Theory," "Focus on Skill," "Think about It", and "In Their Own Words" provide a flexible menu that can be adapted to a variety of settings.
  • Students can apply the five-stage model to areas of their lives beyond their internships, such as new careers, subsequent internships, practica, and service-learning experiences.
  • The Helping Professions Learning Center (HPLC) is a centralized online resource that allows students to build their skills and gain even more confidence and familiarity with the principles that govern the life of the helping professional. You have free access to the HPLC materials through the password-protected Instructor’s Companion Site.

1. Laying the Groundwork.
2. Framing the Experience: Developmental Stages of an Internship.
3. Understanding Yourself.
4. Understanding Yourself as an Intern.
5. Experiencing the "What Ifs": The Anticipation Stage.
6. Getting to Know the Clients.
7. Getting to Know Your Colleagues.
8. Getting to Know the Placement Site.
9. Getting to Know the Community.
10. Taking Stock and Facing Reality: The Disillusionment Stage.
11. Breaking Through Barriers: The Confrontation Stage.
12. Riding High: The Competence Stage.
13. Considering the Issues: Professional, Ethical and Legal.
14. Travelling the Last Mile: The Culmination Stage.
  • Most chapters now include a section on civic development to help students understand the public relevance of their work.
  • Chapter 2, "Framing the Experience: Developmental Stages of an Internship," explores the critical attitudes, skills, personal resources, and pieces of knowledge that interns should draw upon during their experience.
  • Many new examples drawn from business, humanities, government, education, nonprofit agencies, and other fields make this edition more diverse and appropriate for audiences other than the helping professions.
  • Because the book now includes a wider variety of professions, the authors have included "Of Special Relevance to the Helping Professions" sections so that interns in these professions can continue to get what they need, while others may choose to skip these sections.
H. Frederick Sweitzer
H. Frederick Sweitzer is Associate Provost and Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Fred has over 30 years’ experience in human services as a social worker, administrator, teacher, and consultant. He has placed and supervised undergraduate interns for 20 years and developed the internship seminar at the University of Hartford. Fred brings to his work a strong background in self-understanding, human development, experiential education, service learning, civic engagement, professional education, and group dynamics. He is on the editorial boards for the journals Human Service Education and Human Services Today, and has published widely in the field.

Mary A. King
Mary A. King, Ed.D. is Professor Emerita at Fitchburg State University where she was faculty and coordinator of field placements in Behavioral Sciences, supervised graduate and undergraduate interns in professional studies and liberal arts programs, and instructed service-learning. She has over 30 years experience working with interns in the field and on campus and brings to her academic work backgrounds in teaching, criminal justice, consultation and counseling psychology, holding several professional licenses. Mary has published in the fields of experiential and human service education and has served on national and regional boards, most recently that of the National Society for Experiential Education, where she currently oversees the NSEE Experiential Education Academy.