Teaching Policies & Resources — Undergraduates as Instructional Aides

Qualified undergraduates who are appropriately prepared and closely supervised may provide an excellent supplement to instruction, and a teaching internship can enrich the intern's educational experience as well. Departments may use highly qualified advanced undergraduates in certain types of teaching duties; for instance, an undergraduate teaching intern

  • might help a graduate teaching assistant in supervising a computer lab or conducting a discussion section;
  • might support faculty in preparing course materials or grading exercises;
  • might tutor individual students or be available to answer students' questions;
  • might lead a discussion section under the supervision of the faculty member with grading directly supervised by the faculty member.

Undergraduate teaching interns ordinarily are compensated with course credit (e.g., 143:101 Honors Teaching Practicum, 610:099 Peer Mentoring, a departmental teaching internship course, or an independent study course). Such arrangements are configured as an academic experience for the intern.

Undergraduate teaching internship opportunities must receive approval from the College prior to the first semester the opportunity is offered. The supervising professor must submit a short letter of application to the Department Executive Officer, who would forward the letter to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Curriculum , CLAS Office of Academic Programs & Student Development, 120 Schaeffer Hall. The letter should contain a description of the following:

  • a description of the course, including the level of students taking the course;
  • the criteria and process of selecting the student(s) serving as intern(s);
  • qualifications for the internship (for example, "the student should ordinarily be a senior major who has already taken and done well in the course");
  • the supervision protocol;
  • and the academic requirements of the internship.