Trials and Triumphs of an Online Facilitated Internship: A Survival Guide for Graduate Internship Students


The internship is used to provide practical, experiential learning opportunities for students. The purpose of this study was to identify graduate student perceptions of the online facilitated internship. It also provides insight into the benefits and limitations of the online facilitated internship as students navigated the novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Results of this case study indicate that students appreciated a strong teacher presence in the online classroom, regularly scheduled meetings with the onsite mentor, peer connections via the online discussion board were valuable for negotiating meaning, and interns became leaders in their internship settings as they helped navigate learning in a pandemic. Strategies and tips are provided for effective teaching and learning during an online facilitated internship.


Shantia Kerr Sims
Professor of Educational Technology, Educational Technology and Library Science, University of Central Missouri, Missouri, United States


Presentation Type

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


2023 Special Focus—Smart Education 4.0 Empowering Learners and Educators


Online, Experiential Learning, Strategies, Graduate Student, Teacher Presence, Engagement

Digital Media


Trials and Triumphs of an Online Facilitated Internship (mp4)