STROHBEHN & COCHRAN INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW
The Addie Kinsinger Internship Program is designed to identify individuals with the significant potential to provide future leadership for AECT and in the broader field. The program is open to current graduate students and new professionals in K-20 education and industry. The application process places a heavy emphasis on past and current leadership experiences with a specific focus on personal goals for growth within AECT and the professional field.
The Addie Kinsinger Internship Program, in conjunction with the Leadership Development Committee of AECT, oversees the leadership development intern programs in cooperation with the AECT Awards Committee and the AECT Foundation. It strives to enhance the involvement of graduate students and new professionals in AECT. The committee studies and recommends to the AECT Board of Directors new leadership development strategies that are designed to meet the changing needs of the Association, the members, and the field.
At the convention, all interns are expected to participate fully in a coordinated program of activities, including leadership development sessions, exclusive events with leaders from the association and the field, and selected association governance events. In addition, interns will perform hands-on tasks, assisting association and foundation leadership during the first timer’s session, general sessions, and the membership meeting that provide a behind-the-scenes view of convention operations. As a follow-up to the convention experience, each intern will participate as a member of the AECT Leadership Development Committee during the year leading up to and including the 2020 convention.
All interns receive complimentary convention registration, hotel lodging, and a cash award. In addition to serving on the AECT Leadership Development Committee during the year following their internship, the selected intern class will work together on a group project that may be presented at the next annual AECT International Convention. The intern class project is designed upon the premise of addressing an organizational need within the association. Interns are encouraged to request financial support for transportation and meal/incidental expenses from their institutions or state affiliate organizations.
All 2019 interns will be expected to arrive at the convention, which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, by Saturday afternoon, October 19, 2019, and to stay until Friday 12:00 PM, October 25, 2019.
The online application form will open at 12:01 AM Central Time (UTC-6) on Monday, April 1, 2019, and close at 11:59 PM Central Time (UTC-6) on Monday, June 3, 2019. All application materials, including sponsor letter, must be submitted by the deadline date. Applications will be considered complete when the application packet consists of a completed online application form, resume/CV file (PDF), and an AECT member sponsor letter (PDF).
After evaluating each intern’s personal experience and professional development goals, the Leadership Development Committee will match the intern with a current AECT leader. The leaders will serve as a mentor, identifying organizational and professional activities in which to involve the intern over the course of the next year. Activities include, but are not limited to, division, affiliate, committee, and/or executive meetings, annual convention planning, and scholarly endeavors. Each experience will vary by the mentor assigned. This mentoring is intended to deepen the experience and provide further leadership development.
Applicants for the Leadership Internship Program must be either a current graduate student OR a new professional in the field. Students can be enrolled either full or part-time in an accredited university program related to the field and must remain in good academic standing throughout the 2019-2020 academic year. New professionals must be within the first three years of beginning their career.
Applicants who are not already members of AECT may join prior to submitting his or her application. However, strong applicants will have attended at least one AECT convention and have already begun seeking leadership roles within AECT.
Upon submitting an application, individual eligibility for either the Strohbehn or Cochran Internships will be determined by the Internship Selection Committee. You do not need to submit two applications.
The AECT Leadership Internship Program is designed to encourage and identify future leadership in AECT. As an AECT member, you may recognize these leadership attributes in a graduate student or early professional and are encouraged to sponsor one (1) applicant for the program each year. Sponsors will not be allowed to sponsor more than one applicant under any circumstances. A sponsor should know the intern applicant in a supervisory capacity and not be a familial relation.
If you would like to sponsor an applicant, please provide them with your contact information to enter into the application. If you have been asked to sponsor an applicant, please wait for the application system to notify you with the instructions on how to submit a sponsorship letter. Sponsor letters must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM Central Time (UTC-6) on Monday, June 3, 2019.
You must be a current member of AECT in order to sponsor an applicant, and your letter should address the following questions:
- How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity?
- Why do you think this applicant has strong leadership potential within AECT?
- How would AECT benefit in the future from having this person go through the Leadership Internship Program?
*Note that applicants are only allowed one sponsor and, therefore, one sponsorship letter. If an institution or organization wishes to collectively sponsor an applicant, the letter should originate from a current AECT member and indicate the support within the letter.
The following questions must be answered in the online application in order for your submission to be processed for consideration. You may want to draft your responses prior to entering the online application form. Each response should consist of 300-500 words and provide specific examples when applicable.
- Describe how you have been active in AECT thus far. What leadership roles have you held?
- What are your future career goals and professional aspirations?
- What is your leadership experience outside of AECT? Please provide specific examples.
- If selected, what do you hope to learn or achieve through the leadership internship experience?
- AECT Leadership Interns are expected to play a role in future AECT leadership activities. If selected, how would you be willing to commit to playing such a role? Where do you see yourself in future AECT leadership activities?
Service in a variety of activities
Exemplary: Applicant details involvement in a wide variety of activities both in university and/or professional organizations.
Average: Applicant details involvement in a few different activities in university and/or professional organizations.
Needs Development: Applicant does not explain any involvement in service activities.
Evidence of commitment to AECT and its programs
Exemplary: Applicant names divisions, committees, and/or programs in which he or she has been and will continue to be active.
Average: Applicant names divisions, committees, and/or programs in which he or she will become active.
Needs Development: Applicant does not identify ways in which he or she could support AECT.
Emerging leadership in the field and AECT
Exemplary: Applicant provides specific details for leadership plans within the field/AECT.
Average: Applicant expresses an interest in seeking leadership in the field/AECT.
Needs Development: Applicant does not address future leadership goals or plans.
Exemplary: Applicant demonstrates high levels of professionalism through their application and vita.
Average: Applicant demonstrates some professionalism through either their application or their vita.
Needs Development: Applicant demonstrates little or no professionalism through their application or vita.
Goals and interests aligned with internship program objectives
Exemplary: Applicant expresses a desire to grow professionally and contribute to the future of AECT.
Average: Applicant expresses a desire to grow professionally.
Needs Development: Applicant fails to mention a desire to grow professionally or contribute to the future of AECT.
Exemplary: Applicant’s statements are clear, organized, and explain specific reasons for being named an intern.
Average: Applicant’s statements list reasons for being named an intern but provide very little detail.
Needs Development: Applicant’s statements are disorganized or do not explain reasons to be named an intern.
Exemplary: Vita reinforces leadership experiences described in the application and includes other leadership and service activities.
Average: Vita reinforces leadership experiences described in the application, but no other leadership or service activities are listed.
Needs Development: No vita provided or no leadership experience exhibited on vita.
Sponsor letter - strength
Exemplary: Letter contains specific details regarding the applicant’s leadership potential and benefit of the program to the applicant.
Average: Letter is nonspecific regarding the applicant’s leadership potential or benefit of the program to the applicant.
Needs Development: Letter contains reservations regarding the applicant’s leadership potential or benefit of the program to the applicant.
Sponsor letter – AECT commitment
Exemplary: Letter identifies specific ways in which the applicant will contribute to AECT in the future.
Average: Letter is non-specific of how the applicant could contribute to AECT.
Needs Development: Letter does not reference how the applicant could contribute to AECT.
The Coordinator of the AECT Leadership Development Internship Program presented informational sessions for potential AECT intern candidates. Information sessions ranged in length from 30-60 minutes and were hosted on several days throughout the open application period. The sessions provided information about the 2019 AECT Leadership Development Internship Program. Specific details about the application materials, process, and deadlines were reviewed. Attendees were encouraged to ask questions. All sessions were recorded and recording links are now available.
A former intern, who is now a member of the AECT Leadership Development Committee, serves as the Leadership Internship Program Coordinator. All application materials should be submitted via the online application form linked on the AECT Leadership Development Internship page. Other correspondence concerning the Leadership Internship Program can be directed to the Leadership Internship Program Coordinator, Megan C. Murtaugh, at (239) 560-8301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strohbehn & Cochran Leadership Development Internship Application
The Strohbehn Internship will be awarded to a graduate student who displays exemplary leadership potential and dedication to AECT and the field. The Cochran Internship will be awarded to graduate students and/or new professionals who display outstanding leadership potential and dedication to AECT and the field. Upon submitting an application, individual eligibility for either the Strohbehn or Cochran Internships will be determined by the Internship Selection Committee. You do not need to submit two applications.
Please check back in April of 2020 to apply for next year's awards.