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Kevin ParkKevin Park is a junior majoring in hospitality and resort management in the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management. He recently completed an internship at Walt Disney's Epcot Center and said: "Not only do you work for a Fortune 500 company, you also get to meet people from across the world. My roommate was from Brazil and a lot of my friends were from China." Park is open to another internship at Disney. "An internship is a really, really good way to not only get your foot in the door, but to develop more personal and professional skills."

—Kevin Park

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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