Updated University of Arizona COVID-19 Externship Policy

March 20, 2020

Dear externship students and field supervisors,
In an effort to keep our student body safe and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Arizona is no longer permitting credit for any in-person externship work. Credit will continue to be permitted for externships that consist entirely of remote work.

  • Students: Please discuss this new policy with your field supervisor, and let me know whether you will be able to complete your hours remotely. If you are not able to do so, please rest assured that you may still receive credit for your externship course by completing your hours through a series of career-related reflective essay assignments, which will be uploaded to your course D2L page shortly (I can also email them to you directly). Please reach out to me if you would like to discuss options for completing your externship and ensuring you receive credit for the units in which you are enrolled.
  • Field supervisors: Please let me know at your earliest convenience whether you can accommodate a 100% remote work arrangement for your student. Preferably, the student would continue to work on ongoing matters with your office, but, if that is not possible, the student may also perform other work that is not related to ongoing cases (e.g., a research memo on a topic unrelated to ongoing matters). If you are able to offer your student remote work, but at a reduced schedule, please also let me know that. In the case of reduced hours, your student will still be able to pass their course by completing alternative assignments for me, but please note that the student’s work with you must be 100% remote for them to receive credit.

Thank you all for your patience and flexibility in this challenging time. I am here to help and happy to speak with any of you if you have any questions about the above policy.

Shannon E. Trebbe
Assistant Dean for Career Development
Professor of Practice