Student Information

REQUIREMENTS and CONSIDERATIONS

 

1. QUALIFICATIONS

  • Junior or Senior status (to be taken as a course during the junior or senior year).
  • 14+ credits in the internship major-field (and have earned at least 84 total credits before the internship semester).
  • GPA in major and overall of 2.8 or better (flexible).
  • ENVA majors automatically qualify for an Internship (in Senior year) and should discuss projects/sites with their advisor.
  • The Internship Coordinator might seek the recommendation of your advisor.
  • Permission of the Internship Coordinator (to allow you to register on-line).

 

2. LOGISTICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Academic schedule must allow blocks of time of 4 or more hours that you can be on the internship site.
  • 40 internship hours per credit hour (3 credit hours = 120 internship work hours).
  • Usually a minimum of 1 and half day/week (12 hours) for 3 credits.
  • Usually a minimum of 1 day/week (8 hours) for 2 credits.
  • 1-credit and 2-credit internships are hard to find (usually allowed after taking a 3-credit internship).
  • You must provide transportation.
  • You may drop or withdraw from an internship just like any other course.
  • The Internship in Science course is Pass/Fail (no grade).
  • SCDV-480 Internship in Science is an elective - it is not a course in your major.

 

3. PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Maintain a daily time-log (brief description of daily activities) that is handed-in at end of semester.
  • Complete a project-report that is handed-in at the end of the semester.
  • Willingness to work.
  • Dependability.

 

4. MISCELLANEOUS

  • Internships are not necessarily paying positions (but pay is allowed).
  • Internships are electives - they do NOT count as courses in you major.
  • Internships give you a taste of actual job experience.
  • Internships give you a opportunity to work with professionals in your BS degree field.
  • Internships give you a chance to apply what you have learned.
  • If you are dependable and you perform well, an internship may provide you with a job-reference.
  • An internship position is one that would require a BS degree if the organization was hiring to fill the position.
  • Internships are not available in a field for which someone is not qualified with a Siena BS degree: for example, in the office of an MD, DDS. DVM, PT, OT, PA, DO, DC, etc.

 

5. QUESTIONS:

  • Can I afford the TIME?
  • Can I afford the costs? (Transportation, Parking, etc.)
  • If I drop the course, how would a "W" on my transcript look to a prospective employer?

End-Of-Internship Requirements

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. Flatland’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. 

(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.

 

Due Dates:

- Fall and Spring internship log-sheets, reports, and site-evaluations forms should be sent as email attachments to flatland@siena.edu (or placed in Dr. Flatland'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 flatland@siena.edu (or placed in Dr. Flatland'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. Robin Flatland, Science Internship Coordinator & Professor of Computer Science, Siena College/
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