Summer 2014 Internship Highlight:

Katherine Tedesco (Cohort 24 - History Major; Minor in Leadership Studies): "From 10 June to 9 August, I had the incredible opportunity to intern with the Naval History and Heritage Command’s Underwater Archaeology Branch located at Naval District Washington, or commonly the DC Navy Yard. An echelon II Command, the NHHC's UAB is responsible for protecting, conserving, and promoting education of the United States Navy's sunken military craft. During this internship, I was assigned to research numerous historical maritime events, ships, and commands that I otherwise would never have encountered in my undergraduate studies. This research culminated in my drafting of a comprehensive nautical archaeology report, which tested my writing and research skills beyond any previous undergraduate experience. In writing the report, I learned the value of developing a strong writing voice and employing critical thinking and data analysis. Research of the Howell Torpedo, Bonhomme Richard and more increased my appreciation for proper source citation and allowed me to hone my own citation skills. Additionally, I drafted correspondence, blog posts, and emails, all of which impressed upon me the importance of communication, especially as it relates to leadership and research, and public relations. This summer has been a truly rewarding experience, and my appreciation to the UAB staff and fellow interns cannot be overstated."

Leadership Internship Guidelines:

Internship Learning Agreement

Internship Reflection Paper Prompt


The McDonough Leadership Program encourages its McDonough Scholars to pursue an internship before they graduate. In fact, students can use an internship to fulfill their Experiential Education requirement in the International Leadership Studies (ILS) Major and Minor in Leadership Studies. Some students have an internship while studying abroad. Recently, for instance, a McDonough Scholar interned in the British Parliament while studying at the London Metropolitan University. The main philosophy behind the Experiential Education requirement is the real benefits that a hands-on experience outside the classroom may add to a college education.

There are several steps a McDonough Scholar must take in order to begin their Leadership Internship process:

First, they must have an Internship Learning Agreement completed and on file with the Director of Civic Engagement.

Secondly, McDonough Scholars are expected to keep a journal with reflections about leadership during their internship. All students completing the internship for graduation, both majors and minors, will be required to submit a reflective journal (via email) during their internship, as well as a final self-evaluation.

ILS majors should also keep ongoing journal. This journal will help you write the Internship Reflection Paper, which will become part of your course grade for LEAD 403 (capstone seminar for the students in the ILS major). Download the Internship Reflection Paper Prompt.

The third step in the Leadership Internship process is a supervisor evaluation. Supervisors will receive an evaluation form via email. If the supervisor prefers, the evaluation can be in a format that the company already utilizes, or a letter to Ms. Saleem-Tanner evaluating your performance. If choosing this option, the internship supervisor should mail this directly to Ms. Maribeth Saleem-Tanner, Director of Civic Engagement (215 Fifth Street, Marietta, OH 45750).

The final step in the Leadership Internship process is participation in the McDonough Leadership Conference the spring semester following internship completion. All students completing an internship to fulfill the graduation requirement will present either a poster session or participate on an internship panel during the conference in April. Students will work with the Director of Civic Engagement to plan and prepare this presentation.