Payment for Summer Individual Study and Internship Supervision

The decision to restore payment to faculty for supervising summer session individual studies and internships has proven largely successful and will continue. When we restored this program in 2015, after a 15-year lapse, we were hopeful that this move would be greeted positively. Even though the amounts are not large, many faculty have commented to us that they see this program as a good thing.

To provide some context, when the program was suspended after the summer 2000 session, faculty had been receiving $60 for each individual study credit supervised and $30 for each internship credit. The current amounts of $75 per credit hour of internships supervised, $150 for each undergraduate credit hour of individual study, and $250 per credit hour for graduate individual studies represent substantial increases over what was done before.

Last summer, 54 different faculty received compensation for supervising individual studies or internships. A total of 129 students were involved (127 undergraduate and 2 graduate) and they registered for 349 credit hours of “individual” work. In summer 2015, 61 different faculty received compensation for supervising individual studies or internships. A total of 148 students were involved (142 undergraduate and 6 graduate) and they registered for 386 credit hours of “individual” work. To put this in further perspective, the total number of individual credits generated in summer session 2000 (the last prior year when there was compensation for faculty project supervision) was 132.

When students talk to you about supervising their summer independent study or internship, please keep in mind that you won’t have to do that totally gratis. While the amounts involved won’t make anyone rich, they at least reflect a desire to recognize that your supervision efforts should be compensated over the summer. We are trying to do what we can despite the various budget constraints.

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