What is INTR 400 ?
As part of its teaching and learning strategy, Ahlia University has developed a policy and comprehensive guidelines and procedures to link the teaching and learning process with practical training where appropriate. All of Ahlia’s undergraduate programmes have an internship course known as INTR 400, which is a 6 credit hour course. After completing 90 or more credits, students are given the choice of either doing the INTR 400 course, or replace this course with two other core elective courses. In the case of the Physiotherapy programme, the internship training is embedded in the individual courses, which is done through direct hospital training throughout the programme.
The Directorate of Professional Relations in the Deanship of Student Affairs coordinates with the public and private sector enterprises to find training positions for Ahlia students to do their INTR 400 programme. However, students may themselves seek internship positions directly and bring them to the internship coordinator in the Directorate of Professional Relations for processing and approval.
Students doing their INTR 400 programme are assigned a site supervisor from the work place and an academic supervisor from the university who are responsible for guiding and supervising the intern during the training period. The student is required to fill-in a monthly report (Refer to: Appendix G) which will be reviewed by the academic supervisor. There are mid-evaluation and final-evaluation forms to be filled by the site supervisor (Refer to: Appendices E and F) of the training period. The academic supervisor makes at least one site visit to the student to make sure that the training is progressing as expected. The student is also required to write a final report (Refer to: Appendix H) at the end of the training period to summarize their internship experience.
The internship programme must satisfy the ILOs of the INTR 400 course and hence the training programme and the evaluation of the intern must be based on such requirement. Increasingly students are becoming aware of the importance of the INTR 400 internship programme which provides them with the practical skills and the opportunity to be familiar with the working environment and a potential opportunity for employment.