Internships & Directed Independent Study

Internships give students in-depth experience in settings that are not possible within the university classroom.  The opportunity to intern in an international, business or government setting will enrich the doctoral experience. All internships are carefully planned and completed under the guidance of a university faculty member. Students in the Ed.D. Program must complete at least one internship during their program. Other internships may be taken as electives. 

Internships must be approved in advanced and supervised by university faculty. Students may not establish their own internship opportunities without the direct support and supervision of university faculty in the Educational Leadership Department. Any internship hours accumulated prior to approval by faculty may not be used to fulfill this requirement. Please contact the individual faculty member for each internship experience at least one semester prior to enrolling. Internships are offered in the summer sessions.

EDL 661 Education/Government Internship  (2 credits)

This course is a focused internship for candidates who are placed in an educational or government setting to intensively study innovation, leadership styles and data-driven decision-making.

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Catapano at catapanos@uncw.edu

EDL 664 International Internship  (2 credits)

This course is designed to provide first-hand international experiences in observing and analyzing diverse cultures and philosophies and how they impact educational decisions in international educational settings.  Travel abroad is required. Please visit our International Programs website.

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Catapano at catapanos@uncw.edu

EDL 663 Business Internship  (2 credits)

This course is a focused internship for candidates who are placed in a business setting to intensively study innovation, leadership styles and data-driven decision-making. 

For more information, contact Dr. Marsha Carr at carrm@uncw.edu
View videos of our students explaining their experiences >

EdD Internship Manual (Includes 661 and 663 Syllabus and Course Requirements)

EDL 691 Directed Independent Study (2-3 credits)

Students may elect to work directly with a faculty member on a project or research of mutual interest in an independent study.  Faculty must complete paperwork prior to students enrolling in EDL 691.  Contact faculty directly to arrange for independent studies.  Only one independent study is available per degree program.


2014 International Internship in Belize

2009 International Internship in South Africa



Special thanks for the photos provided by Edelmira Segovia



2008 International Internship in South Africa



Special thanks for the additional photos provided by Patrick Curley, Onslow County Science Teacher




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