REFLECTION PAPER â€“ Throughout the semester students will be asked to reflect on different topics related to their professional development and personal growth. Regularly reflecting on your internship experience should provide a basis for the Critical Reflection paper due at the end of the semester.
This two-part reflection paper should be approximately 800-1000 words and clearly label each section:
o Part #1: Challenges (400-500 words)
o Name 2-3 challenges you are facing in your internship; how are you coping with them?
o Since starting your internship experience, what has struck/surprise you the most (i.e. what did you least expect about your role and responsibilities, the environment, etc.)?
o What lesson(s) can you draw from these understandings? o How will these lessons support your professional development?
Part #2: Strengths & Weaknesses (400-500 words)
o Describe your strengths are as an aspiring professional in your field (i.e. in what activities or projects do you advance with confidence? How so?)
o What would you consider your weaknesses to be (i.e. are you not organized? Do you struggle with socializing in large networking events? Are you afraid of giving a public presentation? Etc.)
o What can you do to address these weaknesses? (Important: make references to particular activities or projects you are involved with in your internship site)
o How can you continue to utilize your strengths to simultaneously challenge any foreseeable weaknesses and develop your professional toolkit?
All written work must be typed, single-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font with 1-inch margins on all sides, and page numbers. All written work must fall within the word count listed in the syllabus (word count: in parentheses & included after the conclusion or last section of an assignment)
ï‚· All citations and reference list must adhere to the style manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)
ï‚· Cite your sources (always). Failure to cite sources appropriately will not only result in deduction of points but also in failure of the assignment
ï‚· No title page. Name, course number and date of the assignment need to be on the left top corner of the first page. For group assignments, all members must be identified by name