Internship & Practicums
Internship/Practicum Policy and Procedures
Overview of Internship and Practicum Experiences within the Office of Disability Resources
The Office of Disability Resources at Longwood University works with students with disabilities by helping to ensure equal access to all campus activities. We determine eligibility for services and accommodations and collaborate with faculty and staff to implement these accommodations. Eligible interns and practicum students participate in nearly all aspects of the office activities including eligibility determination, managing case loads, interacting with staff, researching disability topics, and special projects. Responsibilities and experiences are determined by level of education, skill, number of required hours, and purpose of internship. All interns receive a high level of training on client confidentiality and management of records that contain sensitive and private information. Interns are held to the highest professional standard with regard to all information held by the Office of Disability Resources.
The Office of Disability Resources offers practicum and internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students focused on services for postsecondary students with disabilities. Below please find information about the application, interview and timeline process for the practicum and internship programs. Interested applicants should complete and return the Internship Application by the deadlines specified below.
Internship and Practicum Timeline
- November 1st: Submission deadline for January practicum and internship
- November: Interviews
- November 30th: Practicum and internship offers provided and confirmed
- January: Practicum/internship placement begins
- April 15th: Submission deadline for August/September practicum
- Mid April - Mid May: Interviews
- May 30th : Practicum and Internship offers provided and confirmed
- July August : Practicum/internship placement begins
(Note: Summer internship/practicum openings are sometimes available and are determined on an individual basis. If interested, contact the Longwood Office of Disability Resources (434)395-2391 and adhere to spring deadlines)
Levels of Internship
Master's-level interns with at least 20 hours a week perform many of the duties of professional staff at the Office of Disability Resources. They learn about the role of disability accommodations for students with a variety of disabilities and how these are implemented in a large, complex university setting. They determine eligibility for services by interpreting multiple forms of health and learning assessments, performing intakes, and consulting with staff and medical professionals. They meet as-needed to monitor student progress, providing support and resources to their on-going caseloads. In the process, interns become familiar with office and record-keeping procedures, ethical guidelines, and developing team-building skills. After the initial training period, interns meet weekly with their site supervisors where they evaluate progress toward departmental and personal goals. Evaluations typically occur twice a semester at mid-terms and finals.
Master's-level practicum students with less than 20 hours a week can choose from a variety of experiences at the Office of Disability Resources. Although they do not typically carry a caseload, they can learn about the service eligibility process by sitting in on client sessions, reviewing medical or learning assessments, and assisting in service plan development. There are also a variety of projects such as research into disabilities, policy and legal issues, new technologies, adaptive equipment, treatments, and resources. Graduate students' advanced level of education and experience allows exposure to more-complex cases and issues as well as opportunities for input and decision-making at this pre-Master's- level program.
Internship and Practicum (from 8-20 hours/week)
Experiences at this level include work on projects related to the disability field including the coordination of focus and support groups, workshops, trainings, and other center events. Although undergraduates do not carry a case load, they can receive instruction in the eligibility process with all the related procedures for getting students registered with the disability center at the postsecondary education level. Students can assist professional staff in providing direct services such as document conversion or launching surveys. They can also do research into disabilities, policy and legal issues, new technologies, adaptive equipment, treatments, and resources. Duties may involve interns sitting in on staff meetings, educating them on group dynamics, communication, and decision-making processes in a professional setting.
Accommodations for Internship/Practicum with ODR
Interns and Practicum students that require reasonable accommodations during their internship or practicum should contact the Assistant Director of Disability Resources at 434-395-2392 to coordinate accommodations.
Applications for Internship/Practicum
Students should fully complete the internship/practicum application and return the application along with a resume and references to the Office of Disability Resources by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail.
Document Adapted from the University of Wisconsin
Questions and Concerns
If a student has questions or concerns please contact:
Office of Disability Resources