Internship

Applied Disability Studies - LDCC - Internship Timeline

LDCC Internship

All LDCC students are required to take an internship course during their degree. Ideally, students should complete the course during their first spring semester in the program or the fall semester of their second year. The internship involves completing a 150-hour supervised project in a government, clinical, educational, or other applied setting. Supervision is provided by a previously approved Field Supervisor or qualified faculty member. The internship allows students to participate in ‘applied’ study, as they have the opportunity to engage directly with people in a service provision or support capacity. In addition to the 150 on-site hours, the internship course includes completing an ongoing reflective journal and other prompts and assignments evaluated by the course instructor.

Experiential Learning Course Descriptions 

Recommended terms

Spring/Summer of the first-year.

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Student tasks before the internship

Connect with agencies/organizations for possible internship locations.

Complete the LDCC Student Internship Confirmation below.

Register for ADST 5P30 for the chosen term.

Potential Internships

Location:
My internship location is an integration day camp program for disabled children. The organization’s mission is to provide a caring and supportive environment for the camper while fostering the social development of campers and their connections with peers.

Purpose:
The goal of the internship will be to perform a comprehensive program evaluation of the general outcomes of the integration program. The evaluation will assess the organization’s current expectations regarding accessibility and how well these goals are being met.

Process:
The program evaluation will include multiple steps, including (a) meeting with the program and camp directors to identify the needs of the organization; (b) facilitating focus groups with staff and parents/caregivers to understand how well they are meeting the expectations of the organization; and (c) producing a final report.

Outcome/ Reflection:
The outcomes of this project will provide helpful information for stakeholders within the organization to increase accessible programming for the children attending the camp.

Relevant courses:
ADST 5P15 Program Evaluation as a Research Methodology

Location:
The organization I am interning with is an Association for Community Living that supports adults with developmental disabilities.

Purpose:
My internship aims to identify current or impending barriers within the organizational policies that limit the lives of disabled people within the community. I hope to identify areas that need to be addressed to improve the lives of disabled people in community settings.

Process:
Once the areas are identified, I will evaluate potential sources of barriers and provide recommendations to the organization’s leaders using an interdisciplinary perspective.

Outcome/ Reflection:
The outcomes of the internship are to increase self-determination, rights, and inclusion within the community living organization to better the lives of disabled people. I hope to learn about policies within community living organizations that impact disabled people within the community.

Relevant courses:
ADST 5P58 Social Policy in Disability Contexts

Location:
My internship location is at a youth partnership organization with disabled youth in high school.

Purpose:
The goal of the internship is to facilitate a training course for new volunteers within the organization

Process:
The volunteers will help engage and develop leadership skills in the youth to be partners/contributors to the program. The process of the internship is to meet with leaders within the organization as well as current youth in the program to propose a plan for the training.  I will also do pilot training with current volunteers and youth before facilitating the training program. After integrating feedback from the pilot training, I will facilitate training with groups of 5-10 new volunteers for the organization.

Outcome/ Reflection:
The outcome of my internship will be to train more volunteers to be involved in the program, helping to create more opportunities for disabled youth in the organization.

Relevant courses:
ADST 5P56 Leadership with/in Diverse Communities

Location:
My internship was at a disability rights advocacy organization.

Purpose:
In collaboration with the organization, we developed the internship’s goals to collaborate and develop resources for the organization.

Process:
The internship began by meeting with the director of the organization to develop the organization’s goals. I then proposed a participatory action research project including the organization’s members. We conducted a preliminary survey with people the organization supports and staff within the organization and worked with these participants to analyze the data. I plan to continue to work with the organization’s members for my Major Research Paper/Thesis to interpret the data and create a presentation to disseminate the data amongst the organization and within the community

Outcome/ Reflection:
The outcomes of this project were to use community-engaged research to disseminate research from the disability advocacy organization.

Relevant courses:
ADST 5P57 Approaches to Community-Engaged Research and Scholarship

Location:
My internship project will be to write a grant proposal for The Ontario Trillium Foundations Seed grant for a program evaluation of an Association for Community Living.

Purpose:
I will work directly with the organization’s members to identify their needs and goals for their project to write a grant proposal

Process:
I will begin drafting a proposal based on the grant requirements and ensure the organization’s project goals are coherently explained. I will then submit the proposals and keep a detailed process log throughout.

Outcome/ Reflection:
The outcome of this project is to hopefully provide funding to the organization to continue the successful implementation of its project, which I hope to support through my Major Research Paper/Thesis.

Relevant courses:
ADST 5P44 Integrative, Scholarly and Expressive Writing in Applied Disability Studies

  • List of previous internships/organizations – TBA

The site of my internship was at KinderCamp Chabad of Markham. The purpose of my internship was to learn about disability accommodation in an Early Childhood Educational setting. The outcome of my internship was that I learned about helpful strategies for managing challenging behaviours in an ECE setting while also recognizing areas for improvement. From my internship, I learnt how to better operate as someone in a leadership role.

Tamara Giblon, MADS LDCC

I completed my internship at Champlain Daycare. The purpose of my internship was to increase disability knowledge within a daycare setting. I had an overall good outcome. I believe the staff were able to take away from what I presented to them at the end of my internship. I was able to demonstrate the importance of inclusion for all children whether it be current or future children. Something I learnt from my internship was that change is not going to happen if you don’t express your voice. I was able to see how my voice can make a difference and help others especially with topics they may be unfamiliar with such as disability.

Anonymous

I completed my internship at Community Living St.Catharines as a resource developer. The goal of my internship was to create various resources for the residents in the house I worked in and for those within the community. The goal of my internship was to research and create 3 different resources for the organization. By the end of my internship, I learned a lot about the lengthy process researching and developing resources can be, as there are many contributing factors to consider. I also learned a lot about the type of leaner I am through this course layout, I require a more hands on approach when it comes to connecting my learning to class material and keeping track of my studies.

Anonymous

The site of my internship was an Elementary School in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School board. The goal of my internship was to support students with disabilities in the school I work for. The outcome of my internship was further exposure to the educational needs of verbal and non-verbal children with autism. Overall, I learned how to support students with disabilities in the classroom.

Anonymous

I completed my internship at AlphaBee. The goal of my internship was to recognize, distinguish between/among and apply historical, contemporary, and interdisciplinary concepts, approaches and theories in disability studies and especially as these relate to current practices and express myself and provide multiple levels of analysis across a spectrum of modalities and literacies. By the end of my internship, I was able to express myself and provide multiple levels of analysis across a spectrum of modalities and literacies, completed internship reflective journal, analysis and recommendations. In my internship I learnt about disability study concepts, practical ABA implementations, neurodiversity’s, culture differences and communications amongst diversities.

Anonymous

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend completing the internship in the spring semester. The required 150 hrs. is recommended for the spring because it an opportunity to focus on your internship over the 4 months after you have completed your main core courses. Also, the oversight by the faculty/instructor is scheduled for that semester. If you are taking it outside of it during a different semester, then you may have to find a faculty member who is willing to instruct you as unscheduled teaching.

You can complete your internship at your work (paid employment), but the focus of the internship must be over and above your paid responsibilities that is something of service to the organization. For example, coordinating a speaker series, developing resources, evaluating programs.