LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENTS

More details about specific assignments and requirements can be found in the course syllabus.


1.       Integrate academic theory with practice:

Correlating Assignments: 

  • Assignment 3: Research paper proposal
  • Research paper following APA formatting

“My experience at the Utah Rivers Council enriched my skill set by applying what I had learned in my classes. I managed to uses some of my statistical and economics education to help with Utah Rivers Council’s projects .” —Hinckley Intern

"My internship in Costa Rica was the culminating experience of my university education. My internship cemented and built upon prior environmental research and Spanish skills that I had gained in Utah while making a real impact with my host office and building global partnerships." —Hinckley Intern


2.       Demonstrate professional development:

Correlating Assignments:

  • Professional application and interview for pre-internship placement process
  • Assignment 1: Establish internship job description and goals with host office supervisor
  • Assignment 4: Rewrite resume, draft answers to mock interview
  • Post-internship professional training: practicing "elevator speech" in order to articulate learning outcomes from internship, discussing how to establish and use personal and professional networks. 

“As an intern, I have pioneered the nation’s first white collar crime registry. Throughout the development of the white collar crime registry, I have acquired strengths and learned how to interpret legal and judicial words, procedure, documents, and structure that I otherwise would not know.”—Hinckley Intern

"I’m happy to say that I accomplished the goals I set out in my first reflection. My analytical and research skills developed, I gained real world macroeconomic experience, my written and verbal communication improved, and I increased my appreciation and understanding for our own political system. While I have enjoyed my previous work history, this was the first time I was able to focus on my own personal growth, learn about the things that are important to me, and find a happy medium where I was adding value to the internship site."— Hinckley Intern


3.       Exhibit civic and political engagement:     

Correlating Assignments:

  • Assignment 2: Read selected chapters from Robert H. Hinckley: Getting to Know Him. Reflect on broader government concepts and future career goals that involve civic engagement regardless of future field of work

Hinckley Intern Civic Engagement vs. Nat'l Average

THE IMPACT OF HINCKLEY INTERNSHIPS ON POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT (2004) Executive Summary Courtney H. McBeth, Thesis for M.S. in Education based on survey data of Hinckley Alumni dating back to 1965.

4.       Synthesize internship experience:

Correlating Assignments: 

  • Assignment 4: Rewrite resume, draft answers to mock interview
  • Assignment 5: Student evaluation of internship
  • Post-internship professional training: practicing "elevator speech" in order to articulate learning outcomes from internship, discussing how to establish and use personal and professional networks 
“I appreciated the assignments and reflection papers because they provided the opportunity for me to actually reflect on learning objectives and goals of my internship.”—Hinckley Intern

“I know that employers always want to hire people who have on the job experience and by having this internship on my resume I can now show them that I already have some of that desired experience.”—Hinckley Intern


5.       Implement improved writing skills across multiple genres:

Correlating Assignments: 

  • Assignment 1: Establish internship job description and goals with host office supervisor 
  • Assignment 2: Read selected chapters from Robert H. Hinckley: Getting to Know Him. Reflect on broader government concepts and future career goals that involve civic engagement regardless of future field of work
  • Assignment 3: Research paper proposal
  • Assignment 4: Rewrite resume, draft answers to mock interview
  • Assignment 5: Student evaluation of internship
  • Research paper following APA formatting
"[Hinckley Intern] has written many pieces that have been published online and in print and has several more that will be published in upcoming editions of the Diplomatic Courier. I believe he has amassed a great writing portfolio while he has been with us in this short period." —Anna Rold, Founder and Publisher of Diplomatic Courier. 

“The majority of my work was based in the Salt Lake office where I spent time researching and writing briefs on various programs that could improve the assistance we provide to our families. This allowed me to improve writing and research skills that are crucial for my field.”—Hinckley Intern


6.       Demonstrate increased global and intercultural competency (global interns only):

Correlating Assignments: 

  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Weekly emails with program manager
  • Post-internship debriefing with program manager
“I think the biggest take home message I will bring back with me is unequal opportunity. I was born and raised into opportunity and have taken advantage of every chance I get to learn more and better myself. Others, however, don’t have the same opportunities as do I and most likely never will. It’s discerning to think of the inequalities that exist here in South Africa, but I am leaving with more hope and courage in my heart that I can make it better rather than worse.”—Hinckley Intern
“I learned how to adapt and live in a foreign country. Through cultural experiences and community integration, I learned how to live and engage in an unfamiliar place. Additionally, I learned how to prepare and educate junior high students about public health topics. Being culturally sensitive is very important and in order to be sensitive I had to be proactive to learn and ask a lot of questions.”—Hinckley Intern

Jordan Pilot Study

Key Findings:

  • 73% of respondents indicated their perceptions about Islam changed during their Hinckley Internship
  • 92% of respondents felt their internship experience built positive interactions/understanding between the United States and Middle East
  • 75% of respondents answered that they felt "more hopeful" for understanding between the United States and Middle East after their Hinckley Internship
  •  92% of respondents maintain contact with people they met during their Hinckley Internship in Jordan