Young people need to make a smooth transition from the basic education to the tertiary level: the choices they make will have major implications for later education and work options. With the current ASEAN Integration the need for jobs that offer interesting challenges and the potential for growth in earnings require a working knowledge of mathematics, science, principles of technology, and communication skills. The goal of current restructuring and reform initiatives of Bulacan State University is to prepare students with these important prerequisites. Thus, the Career Development & Student Internship (CarDSI)Office was established last January 04, 2016 based on CMO 09, s2013 of the Enhanced Policies and Guidelines on Student Affairs and Services, Article VII Student Welfare which mandates that basic services such as the Career and Job Placement is necessary for the well-being of students. Since, the university has its own Public Employment Service Office (PESO) which handles the job placement of graduating students and job seekers, the Career and Job Placement was renamed as Career Development and Student Internship Office. The CarDSI office will facilitate the professional and personal aspirations of students for internship in the Philippines, career planning and decision-making, and admission to the graduate school.
The University finds that students are best served when provided the widest range of career options and that individuals should be allowed to decide for themselves which career path to follow, including choosing a major and finding internships and full-time employment. To assist them in making career choices, students are provided open access to the CarDSI office.
The CarDSI works with Student Internship Program (SIP) coordinators and staff to provide an array of career-related services based on the shared goal of student success. This collaboration supports the student transition from campus to career. The office believes that a strong partnership between faculty/staff and the CarDSI can combine the strengths and resources for the benefit of the students.
Together, parents, families, and the members of the CarDSI staff can help students make decisions that will lead them to an appropriate academic major and introduce them to a variety of career options.
- Provide career counseling to graduating students in preparation for their internship and/or entry into a career or employment.
- Facilitate students in their transition to the world of employment through organizing career guidance programs and career orientation activities that address the needs of students at key stages/phases of their career decision-making process.
- Maintain a centralized data banking of intern students' information, profile, and affiliation.
- Establish formal linkages with the employment sector to secure access for internship programs and other related career development programs.
- Supervise and coordinate with student internship coordinators from the respective colleges for the effective and efficient implementation and evaluation of programs.
- Provide informative materials in accessible formats on career opportunities and skills enhancement.
- Submit annual report of accomplishments and other related reports to the Director of Student Welfare.
- Perform other related functions as may be directed by the Director of Student Welfare
STUDENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (SIP) COORDINATOR
Each college should assign a SIP Coordinator who will supervise the interns during the period of their internship. The SIP Coordinators shall:
- Be responsible for all aspects of the student internship programs including program implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
- Conduct initial site visit to ensure that the training facility is safe and conducive for the student/intern.
- Review, orient, interpret and clarify to the student/interns the objectives of the on-the-job training program.
- Be responsible in monitoring the student/intern under him/her by regularly checking on their overall performance and discuss with the On-Site Supervisor things or ways to further improve the internship. This will ensure immediate resolution of student/intern's concerns, if there is, as well as provide an opportunity to evaluate the internship program and follow up on the progress of the student/intern.
- Regularly meet his/her students on periodic examination schedules for student feedback on their respective assignments to validate complaints concerns of both parties, if any.
- Be available for consultation with the student/intern and provide coaching and counselling assistance, if needed.
- Be responsible in evaluation the student/intern' reports, self-evaluation and will give the final grade taking into consideration the evaluation of the On-Site Supervisor.
The student/intern should know the following practices.:
- Contact site supervisor a few days before student/intern begins
- Notify SIP Coordinators at the start of the internship you start your hours
- Attend host site orientation (as required)
- Maintain analytical field learning journal
- Maintain regular contact with SIP coordinator
- Attend campus meetings/seminars/activities (if required)
- Arrange for SIP Coordinator to visit site
- Have an exit strategy: bring your internship to a smooth conclusion: say goodbyes, give thanks, contact SIP Coordinator about the next steps