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Barry MatthewsThe Washington Center Internships program is a wonderful opportunity for students and has proven to be very beneficial to me. My internship with the U.S. Small Business Administration had provided me great experience and exposure to the work environment within a government agency. As a result of this internship, I am becoming more confident as a professional. I know this will be invaluable as I pursue a career upon the completion of my Finance degree.

—Barry Matthews

Principles of Good Practice

The National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), a professional association for practitioners of experiential learning, has developed the following set of guidelines referred to as "Principles of Good Practice."

Intention - Determine what specific learning is intended as a result of the experience.

Clarity - Communicate goals, protocols and procedures among all stakeholders.

Monitoring and Assessment - Establish processes that define each person's role, expected outcomes, and evaluation measures.

Reflection - Analyze activities and learning against the outcome measures established at the beginning of the experience.

Evaluation - Clarify the evaluation role of student, faculty, and site supervisor.

Acknowledgement - Celebrate the experiential learning experience.

*Adapted from NSEE Quarterly, Spring 2004, Volume 29, Number 1, pp. 14-15

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