A learning outcome is a written statement describing a specific, measurable, attainable, and realistic achievement you want to accomplish during your internship.
With your graduate supervisor (and possibly with your internship supervisor), you will write three to five learning outcomes as part of your Transformative Talent Internship application.
Throughout your internship you will be reflecting on your chosen learning outcomes to measure your progress.
These learning outcomes are a way to focus your time during your internship and ensure you get the most value from your experience. They are a way to demonstrate that you take your internship responsibilities seriously.
Learning outcomes also provide language you can use on your resume or CV to show what you have achieved.
When you participate in a Transformative Talent Internship you will be registered automatically in an internship course to have your internship recorded on your transcript. If you would like course credit for your Mitacs internship please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies office will register you in the appropriate course for each term during which your internship will take place.
Your enrollment in an internship course ensures the internship is recorded on your transcript and gives your graduate program a way to track your progress in your program.
Writing a learning outcome
1. Make lists
- Make a list of the skills you want to improve during your internship.
- Make a list of the skills you want to learn or develop during your internship.
- Make a list of tasks or projects you will work on or accomplish during your internship.
2. Identify the most relevant items
Look over your lists and choose the three to five most relevant items. Look for areas of overlap or potential overlap between your lists.
3. Write a description of each outcome
Try using the phrases, “By the end of my internship, I will be able to…” or “By the end of my internship, I will have presented/accomplished…”.