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SGA brings internship rules into question

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Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 00:02

SGA Alex Rangel

Brynn Castro | The Houstonian

Student Affairs chief Alex Rangel reads S14-14, a resolution advocating for the creation of a university-wide policy for internships. The resolution passed unanimously during Tuesday’s Student Government Association meeting.

Internship regulation at Sam Houston State University should be more strictly enforced, according to a new resolution passed Tuesday by the Student Government Association.

Senate Resolution S14-14, which passed unanimously, outlined SGA’s disdain with the university’s lack of oversight when it comes to internships. The resolution highlights suggestions the university could take, including adopting the College of Business Administration’s method of ensuring an ethical and productive internship for its students.

One of the resolution’s authors, Student Affairs chief Alex Rangel, said his interest was sparked by a bad experience he had during an internship where he was allegedly misused by the employer. He said he hopes the university can take steps to make sure that doesn’t happen to other students.

“I think it could have been solved a couple different ways,” he said. “One, definitely with a policy.”

Rangel said the faculty sponsor of his internship was working on her own accord when she put together internship programs, and he hopes a new university-wide policy would either create a new job for an internship coordinator, or at least put in place rules and regulations for possible internships.

The COBA policy the resolution references states internships are to provide a planned transition from the school curriculum to the working environment. The contract that interns, employers and faculty sponsors sign in COBA states each internship must have real classroom theory in practice and must be paid.

According to the resolution, internship policies vary from college to college and sometimes from department to department within a college, as it is in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The resolution also calls for a medium for students to address grievances they have with internships, as well as for employers to address against students.

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