Once an organization (out-of-house, or in-house) agrees to host an intern, the Director of Internships, who is a university faculty member, determines by discussion with the organization's personnel the projects that are available. The student intern should interview one or more organizations to identify a project agreeable to the student and the organization.
After the project is determined, an employee of the cooperating organization is appointed the mentor of the internship and given direct responsibility for supervising the intern's work. The mentor, the faculty director, and the student intern may then draw up an agreement which specifies the tasks the student is to complete to receive credit for the internship. The exact amount of time as well as a work schedule can be included in the written agreement. Interns will be required to keep a written log of their work. The total number of hours must be at least 150.
The following are general policies required to fulfill the requirements for the internship course:
- That the project, or work plan, be defined in advance of registration deadlines and be acceptable to the student, the internship mentor/supervisor, and the Director of Internship.
- That there be a progress report after seven weeks.
- That there be a final report at the end of fifteen weeks. This report could consist of documentation (specifications, design documents, pseudocodes, flowcharts, listing, etc.); also required is a letter from the mentor/supervisor describing the progress made by the intern in accomplishing the original objectives; also a written report is to be made by the intern, and a written log book is to be submitted. In addition, the student will be expected to make an oral presentation summarizing the project and his/her accomplishments, along with lessons learned.
- CREDITS AND HOURS: 3 Credits, 150 hours minimum of documented work must be performed.
- PAY: Any pay arrangements may be mutually arranged between the student intern and his/her industrial internship supervisor. Academic credit is awarded independently of any pay/non-pay arrangements.
- PREREQUISITE: Senior status and completed course work appropriate to the project, as determined by the mentor and the supervisor professor.
- GRADES: Evaluation of the intern's work is done by the Director of Internship in consultation with the mentor. It will be based on the performance of the student as evidenced by the documents submitted in item (3) and the oral presentation. The final grade for the course is assigned by the Director of Internships.