Why Do a Capstone Internship?
Through the Center for Career Engagement and the Health Sciences Department, Health Sciences majors have the opportunity to participate in a capstone internship experience.
A capstone internship will provide evidence that the student has mastered significant content in the major and will ask students to demonstrate effective, discipline specific communication skills. It affirms the goal that every Gettysburg College student achieves this level of intellectual mastery and integration.
- The capstone internship typically is completed the summer between the junior and senior year (HS 478). Special approval from the Health Sciences Capstone Internship Coordinator may be approved for a capstone internship to be completed during the fall or spring semester of the senior year (HS 476).
- The capstone internship may not be done at Gettysburg College.
- One academic credit will be granted for the 160-hour capstone internship if all requirements are met.
- The capstone internship will be graded A-F.
- To register and submit your learning contract, log in to the Student Center and go to Self Service, Center for Career Engagement, and Internships – Student Access.
- The Health Sciences Capstone Internship Coordinator and the Capstone Internship Site Supervisor must formally approve the internship at least one month before the end of the semester preceding the internship.
- The capstone internship must be closely related to the Health Sciences Department. In the past, Health Sciences students have done internships in a variety of settings, including medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, exercise physiology, physician assistant, and cardiac rehabilitation.
- Please contact The Center for Career Engagement for further information on ideas for capstone internships or previous HS student placements.
Capstone Internship Requirements
- Complete Learning Contract: The student must complete the learning contract. To register and submit learning contract, log in to the Student Center and go to Self Service, Center for Career Engagement, and Internships – Student Access.
- HOURS: The student must complete a minimum of 160 hours at the internship site.
- JOURNAL: The student must maintain a weekly journal. The journal must be typed, double-spaced, and include the dates and hours worked, experiences, thoughts, and personal contacts. The journal is submitted to Moodle each week during the summer.
- REFLECTIVE QUESTIONS AND EVALUATION: The student must respond to reflective questions from the Center for Career Engagement on Moodle. The questions cover the student’s internship experience and future career goals. There are three submissions during the summer focused on making connections among courses taken, philosophies formed, and experiences encountered. Students are responsible for responding by the due dates for each submission. The last set of questions includes an evaluation of the internship.
- MAJOR PROJECT PROPOSAL: Within two weeks of starting the capstone internship, the student must give a written proposal for a major project to the Health Sciences Capstone Internship Coordinator (via Moodle) and the Capstone Internship Site Supervisor for approval.
- MAJOR PROJECT: The major project will depend on the location of the capstone internship and the interests of the student and the Capstone Internship Site Supervisor. The major project is submitted to Moodle.
Possible major projects include:
- Major research paper: 25 pages on a topic that is relevant to the internship. The paper must be typed, double-spaced, and include a title page and reference page. The paper must be properly referenced (APA style) with a minimum of 25 scholarly sources.
- Writing a major grant proposal for the internship site
- Developing a major program for the internship site
- Implementing a major program (such as a wellness program) at the internship site
- INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION TO HS DEPARTMENT: The student must give a professional presentation to the faculty and students of the Health Sciences Department. The Health Sciences Capstone Internship Coordinator must approve the presentation and will notify the student of the date and time for the presentation.
- SUPERVISOR EVALUATION: At the end of the capstone internship, the Capstone Internship Site Supervisor must complete the Supervisor Evaluation Form that is sent electronically from the Center for Career Engagement.
- Learning contract completed.
- Internship approved by Health Sciences Internship Coordinator, Capstone Internship Site Supervisor and the Center for Career Engagement.
- Maintain weekly journal.
- Complete reflective questions.
- Complete major project proposal.
- Complete major project.
- Be sure all work has been submitted to Moodle, including weekly journals, reflective questions and major project.
- Summer internships: deadline one month into fall semester
- Fall/spring semester internships: deadline two weeks before end of semester
- Student gives individual professional presentation to the Health Sciences Department