Summer Internship in Science (School of Science)
SCDV480 Guidelines & Procedures
1. Student's qualification:
- Minimum GPAs: 2.8 overall; 2.8 in the student’s major; and, 2.8 in the internship concentration (if it is not the student’s major).
- A minimum of 84 credits completed towards the 120 credits needed for graduation; and, 14 credits in the internship concentration (BIOL, CHEM, CSIS, ENVA, MATH, or PHYS) - earned by the end of the Spring Semester.
- ENVA majors automatically qualify for an Internship (in Senior year) and should discuss projects/sites with their ENVA advisor.
- A program of study, signed by the student’s advisor, outlining the completion of degree requirements within twelve months.
- Complete and return the "Summer Student Qualification Form"
- Permission of the Science Internship Coordinator, Dr. Tim Lederman, RB-326.
2. Credits earned and hourly time requirements.
- Limited to a total of 3 credits (Note: these credits count as part of the 6-credit limit for internships).
- The intern will spend a minimum of 120 hours performing internship activities on-site.
3. Internship location.
- Summer internships are not limited to the Albany, NY, Capital District they could be anywhere in the world.
- The internship site is to be found by the student and approved by the Coordinator.
4. Starting date and ending date.
- The earliest starting date is the day after the Spring final-exam period.
- The latest ending date is the date that Siena’s Summer Session ends, unless the Coordinator approves a later date at the time of registration.
5. Approval of Internship Site and Registration.
- After the student officially qualifies for a summer internship (see #1 above), the student will obtain a “Summer Internship Site Qualification Form” from the Coordinator
- In addition, the student will obtain a “Summer Internship, Schedule of Activities”. These forms must be completed by the site supervisor and the student and returned to the Coordinator no later than May 15.
- The Coordinator will inform the student by electronic mail if the site has been approved (usually within two weekdays).
- If the site is approved, the student will be informed via email how to register for a Summer Session Course. The student will be billed for 3 Summer Session credit hours.
6. Reporting during the summer to the Coordinator of the Summer Internship in Science.
- Each Monday, by noon Siena time, the student will fax (or email) to the Coordinator (fax: 518-782-6576; firstname.lastname@example.org) a log of the dates and times worked in the previous week and a brief description of each day’s activities. A simple Excel spreadsheet is a convenient way to keep a log of activities.
- No earlier than the last day of the internship (the date indicated by the student on the “Schedule of Activities” form), the student will fax (or email) to the Coordinator a 4-5 page Final Report on the entire internship experience (see outline near the bottom of this page)..
- SCDV-480 is designated as a “Pass/Fail” course; the student earns a grade of either “Pass” or “Fail”
- The grade will be based on the timeliness of all required reporting and the quality of the Final Report.
Students enrolled in SCDV480 Internship in Science: You have to submit three documents to complete the requirements for a final grade on SCDV480. These documents should be sent as email attachments or placed in Dr. Lederman’s mailbox in the School of Science Office in Roger Bacon Hall by noon on Reading Day for a Fall or Spring internship (or, as described below, if a Summer Internship).
(1) Your log-sheets: this is just a list of days/dates you worked; the hours you worked; and, a few words about the work done that day. Be sure to add up the hours worked on the internship and give a total number. A simple Excel spreadsheet is a convenient way to keep a log of activities.
(2) A brief, written report about your internship (an outline is given below); and,
(3) An evaluation of your internship site is required for Fall and Spring internships. IF YOU FAIL TO TURN IN THESE DOCUMENTS, ON TIME, YOUR GRADE WILL BE LOWERED TO AN "F" (the course is Pass/Fall) – please turn these documents in ON TIME!!! NOTE: an evaluation of a Summer Internship site is not required.
(4) In addition, for Fall and Spring Internships, I will be sending a student-evaluation form via email to your internship supervisor. No evaluation form will be setn to Summer Internship supervisors.
Outline for Final Report:
Here are some tips to help you prepare an acceptable written report about your internship:
1. Remember your audience! I am not an expert in your project. Be certain to explain all the details and the significance of things that may seem obvious to you. This means that you need an introduction in your paper that provides background information and sketches of the "big picture".
2. Tell me what you did.
3. Tell me why the company/organization wanted the job done.
4. What improvements occurred in company/organization operations or research plans, etc. as a result of your efforts?
5. What new knowledge/product/etc is now available because of your work? What is the significance of this?
6. How did you do your project (i.e., materials and methods)?
7. Difficulties you encountered and why (and how you solved them).
8. Any goals that were not achieved and why not?
9. If you have written a computer program, submit a listing and sample output/screens.
10. Be certain not to include any proprietary information in your report until it is cleared by your supervisor. If you have done a research project, then a research paper format is a good model to use for your report. A well-written research paper will integrate virtually all of the points mentioned above. If your work is more applications oriented, then you should pay especially close attention to the items listed above when organizing your report. While length is no indicator of quality, do not sacrifice completeness for the sake of brevity. I expect a paper of approximately 3 to 5 pages in length. Communications skills are essential in any professional position.
Your report should reflect high standards of English composition: style, syntax and grammar. Copies of your report may be provided to your Department Head and/or to Siena Public Relations.
- Fall and Spring internship log-sheets, reports, and site-evaluations forms should be sent as email attachments to email@example.com (or placed in Dr. Lederman's mailbox in the School of Science Office in Roger Bacon Hall) by noon on Reading Day.
- Summer Internship log-sheets, and reports should be sent as email attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org (or placed in Dr. Lederman's mailbox in the School of Science Office in Roger Bacon Hall) soon after the end of the internship-work (a grade will not be submitted until these items have been submitted).
this web page is maintained by Dr. Tim Lederman, Science Internship Coordinator & Professor of Computer Science, Siena College