Internships and Co-ops Course (re)Design Institute

Internships and Co-ops are a High-Impact Practice for students. The It's About Engagement Institutes for Course (re)Design are an opportunity for faculty to transform their courses to enhance student engagement using research-based practices that are aligned with the definitions and guidelines for the Its About Engagement initiative. For the 2021 Course (re)Design Institute, CETL is partnering with KSU's Department of Career Planning and Development to focus on internship and co-op courses. Faculty can either design a new course or redesign an existing course.

These institutes are open to faculty who teach in all delivery modalities (online, blended, or traditional face-to-face). The institutes are intentionally designed to be an inclusive and interdisciplinary environment. During the institute, participants are exposed to the theory and research of instructional strategies or pedagogies, followed by the time and space to put that theory into practice via changes to course plans and assignments.

Throughout the institute, participants are provided time to work on their course alone, get feedback from colleagues, and the opportunity for assistance and feedback from a workshop facilitator. Each day, participants work to complete a reflective journal consisting of prompts relating the days activities to their work designing the course. This journal serves as the primary accountabality tool during the Institute. On the final day, participants share their newly (re)designed artifacts. These artifacts may include a syllabus, a fully articulated course mapping document to show constructive alignment among course elements, a set of objectives, learned-centered activities, assessments, and/or rubrics.

Faculty accepted to this Institute will be paid a stipend of $1,500 upon completion of the requirements. 

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Internships and Co-ops Course (Re)Design Institute. If you have any other questions, please contact

  • We would like to strengthen the community of practice among institute participants as teacher scholars who can expertly facilitate and assess internship and co-op experiences. 
    Institute participants will be able to: 

    • Apply the backward design process to their internship or co-op course(s) 
    • Translate high level internship or co-op goals to actionable outcome statements 
    • Produce assessments that evaluate student learning from internship or co-op activities and provide feedback for instructional practices 
    • Create equitable internship or co-op activities that directly support intended learning outcomes and motivate students to develop skills over time 
    • Align internship and co-op outcomes, assessments, and activities to support significant learning goals
  • The next offering of this Institute will be May 24-28, 2021. The Institute will be 8:00am - 5:00pm each day with the last day (Friday), as a half-day.

  • Each accepted faculty member will receive $1,500 for their participation in this Institute as long as the requirements are met.

  • All full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and lecturers who are under contract to teach during the semester the course will be delivered are eligible to apply.

  • Follow the online application submission instructions below. Only completed online applications that include the fully signed cover sheet submitted by the application deadline will be accepted. 

  • In order to receive the stipend, faculty who are accepted into this Institute must do the following: 

    1. Participate in the Institute (4.5 days) in its entirety.
    2. Produce a revised syllabus with an internship or co-op experience for a course to be taught in Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022. The experience should meet the "It's About Engagement" guidelines for internship and co-op courses.
    3. Produce guidelines for a reflection assignment in the course.

    (Note: Time will be allotted in the Institute for participants to work on their syllabus and assignments)

  • The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, April 5, 2021 - 11:59pm.

  • All applicants will be notified of the decision within approximately two weeks after the application deadline.

  • Approximately 15-20 faculty members can be funded in this Institute.

  • Possibly. Generally, any for-credit course can be used for this course redesign institute. However, the course must have an internship, co-op, or work-based field experience as a central aspect of the course to be eligible. The courses can be introductory, intermediate, directed studies, capstones, etc.

  • Yes! We encourage all faculty who are interested in course-based internship or co-op experiences to apply for this Institute. This includes faculty who have never done this before as well as faculty who are already doing this but would like more information about improving the experience for their students.

Capacity has been reached for the institute and applications for 2021 are no longer being accepted.