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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 another.
  • 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 the semester.
  • 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 organization.

Science Internship Coordinator: Dr. Robin Flatland 518-782-6541 Roger Bacon 326


this web page is maintained by Dr. Robin Flatland, Science Internship Coordinator & Professor of Computer Science, Siena College