Claire Callan

Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Carol F. Sheffer

Second Advisor

Dr. Charles Warfield

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This report describes an internship of six weeks, completed by a candidate for a graduate degree in educational leadership, in the educational division of a professional organization (the American Occupational Therapy Association). The plan for the internship is presented; and the host organization is described. The experience is summarized, and it is analyzed from a variety of perspectives.

A central concern of the internship consisted of the development of a training unit for the purpose of assisting clinical educators to improve their skills as supervisors of occupational therapy students. Problems encountered in the development of this unit, and the solutions that were attempted, are described and are illustrated by three successive drafts of the training unit materials.

The roles and responsibilities of the various leaders of the staff of the American Occupational Therapy Association are described also. The leadership styles of several are discussed.