How to Nail Your Internship and Internship Essentials

Today marks the halfway point for me during this school holiday period.

Although, holidays are a time to rest. There is still a lot of planning to be done for Term 4.

Term 4 is the craziest term.

It’s the last term you have with your class, report cards and Christmas.

This term is also the time for preservice teachers to complete their internships.

What is the difference between a prac and an internship?

An Internship is an advanced professional experience within a preservice teacher education program following completion of the required minimum number of days of supervised professional experience. An Internship provides a transition into the teaching profession through a reduced workload, support of a mentor and must be ‘authorised’ by the QCT.

Queensland College of Teachers, 2015

I was very fortunate to complete my internship with a mentor and class I had already worked with.

My internship really sealed the deal that teaching was where I wanted to be.

What are you plans for your internship?

Are you going to go above and beyond or will you coast through?

I understand that each intern and internship is completely different, but you must give it your all.

Here are my top ticks nail your internship:

  • Understand the requirements of the internship before you start. If you need clarification of something, don’t be afraid to ask your mentor teacher or university.
  • Meet with your mentor before you start. This will give you a better understanding of the environment you will be working in.
  • Dress to impress.
  • Ask questions about anything and everything. From how your mentor marks, down to what site they order their school supplies from.
  • Make an appointment with the principal to see if there will be any teaching positions going at the school next year. You never know what they could say.
  • Make your internship your life! It only goes for 4 – 5 weeks so give it your all.
  • Be sure to have a break during the day. I never really ventured out during lunchtime but looking back now, I wish I had of.
  • Grab a copy of the class timetable and study it like the back of your hand.
  • Take your own supplies. Although your teacher will have them, it shows great initiative that you are willing to bring your own.
  • Grab lots of evidence for your portfolio. You will thank me later.

If you have any more tips, I would love for you to add them below.

Your internship if not supposed to be scary. It is your time to put into practise everything that you have learnt at uni over the years.

But you will need some essentials to help you get through.

Playground duty hat – Target

Sunglasses – Whattheteacherwears Shop

Watch – Adorne

Sunscreen – Target

Tote bag – Target

Weekly planner – Typo

Office supplies – Smiggle

Water bottle – Target

Notebook – Typo

If you are about to start your internship – good luck!

What is your number one item for any internship?

Alex x

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