An ePortfolio (electronic portfolio) is a digital collection of information and artifacts which represent a person's skills and abilities.
Eportfolios can be used in different ways depending on the purpose: as a job-seeking, an evaluative, and a reflective tool.
Eportfolios enable the intern to:
- Highlight skills gained and projects created while working in ITAP to demonstrate potential for future employment, including on-campus internships
- Reflect on growth during the internship year, so that strengths and challenges are more clearly defined
- Evaluate, with the host, progress and accomplishments during an internship, especially helpful near the end of the internship year
ITAP currently uses Google Sites for creating an ePortfolio. Similar to a multimedia résumé, ePortfolios contain professional information and examples chosen by the intern. After a late fall introductory meeting, the ePortfolio development period runs from February through early March. While first-year interns will receive guidance through the process, beforehand they might consider items that could be included while working in their rotations:
- Résumé, including contact information, awards and honors, organizations and activities, references
- Goals and objectives (started during Institute)
- Artifacts which showcase skills and ability
- Reflective descriptions of the artifacts included: how they represent skills, how they were used, intern contributions to group projects, etc.
- Personal photograph
- Academic and internship research
- Examples of leadership
- Professional presentations
- Letters of recognition
Please note that the ePortfolio developed for the ITAP interview process may not be appropriate for off-campus applications for employment or internships. Please consult your advisor or other faculty members in your major field for advice on using the ePortfolio for off-campus applications.