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SOME QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT SCDV-480 INTERNSHIP IN SCIENCE
What are an Intern’s qualifications?
- They are juniors/seniors majoring in one of the
six departments of Siena’s School of Science: Biology, Chemistry,
Biochemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics,
Actuarial Science, or Physics.
- They will have a minimum of four courses in the field of the internship.
- They will be recommended by at least two Siena faculty members.
- They will have taken related courses in
other disciplines: for example, a Biology major will have taken
calculus, chemistry and physics; or, a Computer Science major will have
taken four mathematics courses and at least one other Science course.
How is an Intern assigned?
- Organizations provide the Siena Internship Coordinator with a list of projects available.
- Organizations may specify special qualifications, e.g. a specific course or courses.
- Siena students provide the Internship Coordinator with a list of preferred internships fields/activities..
- The Internship Coordinator matches students with internships.
- Organizations may reject an intern and
request another; an intern may reject a project/site and request
- A student and the organization do not have to commit to more
than a one-semester internship; but, if mutually agreed upon, an intern
may work at the same internship site during more than one semester.
What is an Intern’s workload?
- Students elect to receive 1, 2, or 3 credits for a semester’s internship.
- A student may earn up to a maximum of 6 credit-hours over multiple semesters.
- Interns work a minimum of 120 hours per
semester for 3 credits, 80 hours/semester for 2 credits, and 40
hours/semester for 1 credit.
- Preferably, an internship is a project or
series of small assignments that can be completed by the student during
- Intern participation as part of a team in
an ongoing procedure is also suitable, whether or not it will be
completed within a semester.
How is an Intern supervised and supported?
- Each organization provides the intern with a supervisor.
- The supervisor provides any training needed.
- The supervisor must be available to assist the student throughout the internship.
- The supervisor completes an evaluation of the student at the end of the semester.
- Each organization provides adequate space and equipment for the intern.
- The internship is expected to provide a learning experience for the student.
Does an intern receive compensation?
- Students are granted College credit for internships.
- Interns need not be paid a salary by the supervisory organization.
- Extraordinary intern expenses, such as
extended travel or special instruction, should be reimbursed by the
Science Internship Coordinator: Dr. Robin Flatland
518-782-6541 Roger Bacon
this web page is maintained by Dr. Robin Flatland, Science Internship Coordinator & Professor of Computer Science, Siena College