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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 Students will be registered by the Division of Educational Leadership office after your application is approved. Your approval will result in your enrollment in the internship course. You will be enrolled for two credits in the fall and one credit in the spring. An 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. We will also hold an internship orientation session in the Rapid City University Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 25. Additional questions may be directed to internship director Diana Messick, Ph.D., at  or at 605-370-8959.

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