Interns must maintain a “weekly journal” of their internship activities. The journal should include the following:
Interns are encouraged to report their frustrations and disillusionments, as well as their feelings of accomplishment. The weekly journal written after each week’s activities is a private document. It is seen only by the faculty supervisor. The internship journal has the following sections:
There is no requirement concerning the number of pages necessary for the journal. During the first few weeks, it will be more voluminous. As time goes on, you may find that your days are more routine and your entries will diminish in length.
Typewritten or word processed copies of the logs are submitted every three (3) to four (4) weeks to the faculty internship supervisor who will read them and provide comments to the intern.
By dealing with politicians, bureaucrats, lawyers, lobbyists, the press, and public interest advocates, interns soon learn that each placement has its own specialized language. What new terms have you encountered? What do they mean? How have they related to the work you have done?
ISTEA: Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act
Disbursement: The actual payment of funds by one entity to another.—The federal treasury at the request and authorization of the U.S. Department of Transportation paid the 50 percent share of the cost of 31st Bridge rehabilitation project to the City of Harrisburg.
Infrastructure: a term used to encompass all of the roads, bridges, buildings, sewer and water facilities, equipment, etc., built and maintained by a government
Evaluation Question: How do you assess your journal experience in terms of your overall internship experience? Was it helpful to you? If so, in what way? If not, what changes would you recommend?
I must admit, I hate the journal. I believe that it takes up too much time to write, and with the other time consuming requirements of the internship is too much work for too few credits. But...it did force me to think and was probably the most valuable learning tool I’ve ever come up against. Without having to write down and develop my thoughts I would have lost much of what I learned during my internship. I think that the structure of the journal is too rigid. But then, you didn’t seem to mind when I would change the format a little.