FAML 498R Syllabus - Internship

Course Description

Family 498R is a required internship experience which allows a student the opportunity to select a professional family services setting in which they will work for a minimum of 160 hours and apply concepts and developmental knowledge gained in major coursework to strengthen and enrich the lives of families while deepening understanding and sharpening skills through hands on experiences and professional mentoring.

Course Outcomes

Course Policies

A BYU-Idaho student intern must:

(Adapted from NAEYC Statement of Commitment).

Department Policy Regarding Intellectual Property and Course Materials

All of the materials in this course are covered by fair use and copyright law and are proprietary (intellectual property). Students are not permitted to sell, post, trade, share, distribute, or send any information contained in this course (including outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, PowerPoint presentations, lectures, audio and video recordings, or images of the same, etc. including your own work for this course) to any parties outside of this course (ie Course Hero, Quizlet, Google Docs, etc.) by any means (e.g., posting, uploading, attachments, etc.) without the express written permission from the creator of these works and the Department Chair. Any of these actions violate the Academic Honesty policies of Brigham Young University-Idaho (please see Academic Honesty) and will be dealt with as such. The materials in this course are also intellectual property and taking any materials from the course and posting them outside of this course in any manner will be construed as theft and distribution of intellectual property. If you engage in any of these actions, or use any of these materials without authorization, the instructor has the right to impose an appropriate academic sanction (e.g., give you a failing grade for the assignment and/or fail you from the course). Additionally, the respective Course Lead, Program Lead, and/or Department Chair also reserve the right to impose appropriate academic sanctions regardless of any imposed by the instructor.

Course Assignments

*For all of your writing in this course, it is expected to be the highest quality. Be sure to proof read your papers and check for any spelling or grammatical errors (history indicates that "spell-check" is insufficient).

Syllabus Quiz (50 points possible) You will carefully read the syllabus and complete the online syllabus quiz posted in I-Learn. This assignment is due no later than Saturday of the week you begin your internship. Late assignments will be docked 10% per day that they are late.

Internship Goals and Objectives (75 points possible) You will establish specific goals, with related objectives to focus your internship experience. Goals are what you hope to accomplish and objectives are the specific steps you will take to accomplish the goals.

Weekly reflections journal (25 points per week possible)

You will need to write a weekly reflection journal for each week during your internship experience. For each reflection entry you are to think deeply about and make connections between your academic training in the classes you've completed in the Marriage and Family Studies major and your actual hands on experiences in the internship. Although you will provide a brief description of what you experienced that week, this will not be the primary focus of your reflection journal. You will not just provide a description of what you did at the internship site, but rather connections and reflections. Reflections entries should be NO LESS than 500 words. If approached properly the reflection process can lead to great personal growth in confidence and skills. Please be aware that your reflection entries will be read only by the Internship Coordinator. All personal thoughts, insights, frustrations, etc. will remain confidential.

  1. A brief description of what you actually did during the week
  2. What you learned during the internship that week
  3. What connections you can make between what you learned/experienced that week and the coursework/training that you have had at BYUI
  4. (This is a key paragraph.) What you learned about yourself. Please take the time to ponder on this question before you write.

Internship Presentation (50 points possible)

The purpose of the power point presentation is to inform new or potential Marriage and Family Studies majors about possible internship and career possibilities in the field.

  1. How did you find/arrange the internship?
  2. What were your responsibilities in the internship?
  3. How did you benefit the site you served at?
  4. How did you benefit personally from the experience?
  5. Describe one important connection between your coursework and what you experienced during your internship.
  6. Would you recommend this site/experience to other students?
  7. If yes, whom should students contact to arrange an internship at the site?

Internship Report (100 points possible) You will write a final written report about your internship experience. In the report:

  1. Describe how well you feel you met your internship goals and objectives,
  2. Evaluate your effectiveness in your internship experience using the Magarrell (2003) criteria (**provided below**)
  3. Provide a brief discussion of how your internship experience has furthered your preparation as a professional and disciple of Christ
  4. The Internship Report should be between 5-7 pages double-spaced.
  5. Submit the Internship Report by uploading it to I-Learn before the end of the semester.

Weekly Signed Time Logs - Although no credit is provided for completing your weekly signed time logs, students are required to provide documentation of their hours worked in order to pass the internship class. You will complete weekly time logs to be signed by your supervisor, documenting the hours you work at the internship site.

On-line Self Evaluation (25 points possible) - You will complete an on-line "Internship Self Evaluation". You will receive instructions about how to access and submit the Self Evaluation form from the BYU-I Academic Discovery Office via e-mail about 2 weeks before the end date of your internship experience.

On-line Employer Evaluation (75 points possible) -Your supervisor will complete an on-line "Internship Employer Evaluation" form in regard to your work as an intern. 

Criteria for Part Two of the Internship Report

The ability to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses on the job and then modify your actions accordingly is essential to maintaining employment and expanding your growth as a professional. As you prepare your final internship report, evaluate yourself according to the following criteria developed by Magarrell (2003, pages 37-40).

Job competence

Decision Making: the ability to make sensible, efficient, and effective decisions while taking into account the opinions and concerns of those affected by such decisions.

Problem Solving: seeking different solutions by processing information in new ways in order to evoke useful solutions to challenges being faced by others.

Organizational Skills: the capacity to clearly see what needs to be done and then to proceed in an orderly, logical manner. Also, the ability to involve others in projects such that both efficiency and effectiveness are maintained.

Productivity: creation or production of quality products within reasonable time constraints, whether it be working directly with clientele, or producing materials to assist the Experience Provider.

Initiative: recognition and completion of assignments without being told; doing more than is required; taking on challenging, routine, or mundane projects with zest; assuming responsibility for beginning, or originating new ideas or methods to benefit the Experience Provider.


Personal Appearance: maintaining a professional tasteful image; dressing in accordance with Agency policy: neat, clean, and orderly.

Attitude: a mental and neutral state of readiness, exerting a positive directive or dynamic influence upon the individual's response to all objects, people, and situations with which it is related.

Punctuality: being on time; promptness; immediateness.

Dependability: the quality of being reliable, able to be counted on to do what is expected or required; trustworthy; showing levelheadedness or steadiness in what you have committed to do.

Confidentiality/Trust: keeping information and other experiences within the agreed upon context (i.e., private, limiting the sharing of information).

Adaptability: the ability to change to meet the needs of the agency, clientele, or project without too much difficulty; appropriate flexibility.

Interpersonal Relations

Participant Relations: connections with participants; showing appropriate respect; maintaining a helpful yet professional relationship.

Empathy: the ability to understand what another is going through, thereby allowing you to appropriately direct the individual to needed resources or resolutions.

Staff Relations: connections with staff; appropriate regard and working relations.

Cooperation: the ability to work with others in harmony, carry your share of the workload, and labor or act with others toward a common objective or goal.

Friendliness: extending yourself to others in an amiable and respectful manner.

Communication, Verbal: the ability to accurately transfer meaningful information via spoken words and body language such that the message is received and understood by recipient; proficiency in the oral expression of thoughts, feelings, and information such that confusion and repetition are limited.

Communication, Written: the capacity to accurately transfer meaningful information using written instruments (memos, reports letters, email, etc.) such that the message is received and understood by the recipient; proficiency in the written expression of thoughts, feelings, and information such that confusion and repetition are limited.

Personal attributes

Creativity: the ability to envision and develop unique ways of approaching and carrying out projects or solving problems; bringing to mind possibilities that have not been previously entertained; inventiveness.

Enthusiasm: an intense or eager interest in what is being done, accompanied by excitement, energy, and optimism; an infectious attitude that radiates to others.

Persistence: the willingness to stick to a task under unexpected circumstances until it is satisfactorily complete; endurance; resoluteness; tenacity; persevering in mundane or difficult tasks and seeing them through to completion.

Assertiveness: the willingness to actively participate, state, and maintain a position, until convinced by the facts that other options are better; requires initiative and courage to act.

Stability: mentally and emotionally healthy; steady in purpose; firmly established; durable; enduring.

Self-Motivation: the capacity to draw from within the necessary energy and enthusiasm to complete a duty; the ability to stay focused and on-task when unmonitored by a supervisor or other external control.

Desire to Learn: the willingness to expend the effort to understand and learn what is needed to fulfill responsibilities; openness to receiving feedback and incorporating that information where possible; having an attitude of inquiry and a willingness to do the required research or study to reach a desirable end.

Course Grading

The total points for the course will vary based on the number of weeks served in the internship. Grades will be determined based on the following scale:

A = 94 - 100% C+ = 77 - 79.99%

A-= 90 - 93.99% C = 74 - 76.99%

B+= 87 - 89.99% C- = 70 - 73.99%

B = 84 - 86.99% D+= 67 - 69.99%

B-= 80 - 83.99% D = 64 - 66.99%