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Courtney StreetIn my internship at United Way of the Mid-South, I successfully organized an appreciation celebration for the volunteers of a United Way of the Mid-South Program. From start to finish, some of my duties included securing the venue, designing, printing and mailing invitations, menu selection, and ordering award gifts. I relied on past experience and knowledge gained in the classroom as well as utilizing the help offered from other employees.

—Courtney Street

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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