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Steps in the WIP Teaching Internship Process

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From this time forward, the WIP request process has changed in an important way.  Intern requests will now only allow one intern per request, with multiple subjects and cooperating teachers allowed in each request.

The following are the steps involved in the teaching internship process:

  1. School districts submit internship requests using the online Internship Request Application. The signature page at the end of the application process must be signed and uploaded before the internship request can be approved. The PI-1690 WIP HELP: On-line Internship Request webpage provides tips for completing the Internship Request Application. The deadline to request a fall intern is August 1st. The deadline to request a spring internship is December 15th.  If this date lands on a weekend or holiday the deadline is the following business day.
  2. The WIP director approves internship requests based on the criteria in the WIP Handbook. School districts may be requested to make modifications to the intern requests before they can be approved. School districts can log in to the online Internship Request Application system to view the approval status of their requests using the link emailed to them upon submission of their first intern request.
  3. Educator Preparation Programs review approved internship requests using the link emailed directly to them from DPI to determine potential placements for interns.
  4. School districts work with WIP campuses in interviewing candidates and selecting WIP interns.
  5. Intern candidates who are selected for internships apply for intern licenses using the Educator Licensing Online (ELO) system. WIP campuses provide interns with the necessary internship number and subsequently ensure that candidates have acquired their intern licenses using License Lookup. Intern candidates should review information about fingerprinting and proceed to obtain electronic fingerprints if they are required to do so as part of their intern license application.
  6. School districts and Educator Preparation Programs provide professional development for WIP interns and their cooperating teachers and request reimbursement for the costs according to specifications in the WIP Handbook.

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