Internships are an experiential learning activity designed to help students apply academically learned concepts, theories, principles, and skills while working in an industrial or business environment. Students will have the opportunity to increase their marketability as well as their technical knowledge and managerial and interpersonal skills in their area of concentration by participating in the day-to-day operation of a specific industry or business. Students must link the internship directly to their program of study.
The work description and specific activities of the internship will be made jointly by the internship coordinator at the School of Technology, the supervisor at the cooperating business or industry, and the student. The internship program is a directed, quality experience designed uniquely for each business/industry partner as well as each student intern.
A mandatory final evaluation from the business/industry supervisor, and weekly journal of activities are requirements of the internship and must be completed before credit can be earned. The internship can carry up to six semester hours of credit for graduate students (most internships earn three hours of credit), depending on academic loads and the approved degree program. A minimum of 40 clock hours are required for one semester hour of credit.
The approval of an internship shall be completed as determined by the Graduate Program Coordinator.
- Student: Talk to the interested business/industry supervisor and agree on an outline of tasks for the internship. Specifically, you need to state what will be achieved and learned as a result of the internship.
- Student: Discuss with the business/industry supervisor on ways to document and evaluate the above procedure.
- Student: Obtain an Offer Letter from the business/industry which states: 1) Start Date; 2) End Date; 3) Outline of task for the internship and title of the position; 4) Immediate Supervisor's name and contact information; and 5) working hours (not to exceed 40 hours per week). NOTE: Start and End date must be agreed upon with the Graduate Program Coordinator.
- Domestic Student: Fill out the application package for industrial internship according to the above procedure and evaluation, including the following form:
- Internship Agreement Form (it is the responsibility of the student to secure all approvals and signatures).
- International Student: Fill out the application package for industrial internship according to the above procedure and evaluation, including the following form:
- CPT Recommendation Form (is is the responsibility of the student to secure all approvals and signatures).
- Graduate Program Coordinator: Once the industrial internship is approved, the Graduate Program Coordinator will return to the Student both the necessary paperwork and instuctions that the Student must complete before they can begin the Internship/CPT.
- Graduate Program Coordinator: Will enroll the Student into an industrial internship course.
- Student: D2L dropbox, email, fax, or mail Daily Journal of Activities to the internship coordinator regularly and maintain communication regarding the progress of the internship.
- Internship Coordinator: Assign grade in terms of CR/No CR for the industrial internship based on the performance of the student at the end of the semester. Grade performance will be based upon the following:
- Supervisor's Final Evaluation
- Daily Journal of Activities