The administrative internship is designed to prepare students for assuming the role of a school administrator through completion of practical field-based experiences under the joint supervision of an on-site licensed school administrator and the USD internship director. The administrative internship is structured to enable each student to develop and put into practice an individualized field-based experience that focuses primarily on PK-12 principal, superintendent, curriculum director or director of special education preparation. 


Requirements and documentation for administrative internships in PK-12 principal, school district superintendent, curriculum director and special education director are outlined in the internship syllabus and course materials through the Division of Educational Leadership. Additionally: 

  • Students must have three years of teaching experience before applying for an internship.
  • The administrative internship is three credits year-long, typically two credits in the fall and one credit in the spring beginning August 1.
  • The internship requires 180 clock hours of activities that demonstrate competency in the standards and contact at the appropriate school or district setting under the direction of a site-supervisor and the internship director.
  • The e-portfolio is required and includes a time log, reflective journal of activities, supporting documentation, leadership shadowing experiences and standards met during the internship.  
  • The culminating activity of the internship is an e-portfolio and PowerPoint review at which the student meets with the EL internship director and site-based supervisor to discuss the recently completed internship experiences.  

All students must submit an application for the internship no later than July 1 to at the Division of Educational Leadership and a copy to A required on-campus internship orientation session will be held at USD on August 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room 110 of the Delzell Education Building. Additional questions may be directed to internship director Diana Messick, Ph.D., at  or at 605-370-8959.

Internship Application