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What is a Learning Outcome?

Submitted by tloehr on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 2:50pm

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.

Why have learning outcomes?

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.

How do you write learning outcomes?

Writing your learning outcomes can be intimidating, but break it down into some simple steps.

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. Look at your lists and choose the three to five most relevant.

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…”.