Internships

The internship is an opportunity to gain real-world experience that supports your future career plans and network with professionals in the field while earning credit toward your degree.

Internships are available for the following graduate degree fields: 

Finding an Internship

We suggest that you search for internship opportunities through career services and the Crimson Careers database.

Most internships take place during regular business hours, so you should plan your schedule accordingly.

Registering for an Internship

Register for the internship after you receive a letter of authorization from the dean of academic programs.

  • To receive credit for an internship in the fall term, register between July 19 and November 15.
  • To receive credit in the spring term, register between November 8 and April 15.
  • To receive credit in the summer term, register between March 1 and July 15.

Internship Grading and Policy

You are expected to complete the internship within the time period agreed upon on the internship application, ordinarily one or two semesters, but no longer than nine months.

All internships are pass/fail, except those for biotechnology, which requires a letter grade of B– or higher. You are allowed only one attempt to complete the internship for a passing grade.

If you fail to complete substantial work for the internship, you will earn a grade of F, a failing grade, which will count as zero in your cumulative GPA. You will need to petition the Administrative Board for permission to enroll in the internship for one final time. The board will only review cases in which extenuating circumstances prevented the successful completion of the internship.

Biotechnology

If you earn a professional graduate certificate in bioinformatics or biotechnology management while a biotechnology degree candidate, you may complete a 500-hour internship in lieu of a thesis or capstone project. The internship is an opportunity to apply newly acquired computation or management skills to address a pressing business problem identified by your current or a potential biotechnology employer. 

Internship advising and approval 

Once you’ve completed the statistics requirement, certificate requirements, and all other course requirements (44 credits) with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher, meet with Dr. Steven Denkin to discuss how an internship is critical to your biotechnology career plans and preliminary internship ideas. 

If provisionally approved for the internship option, you'll need to complete two additional degree courses chosen in consultation with Dr. Denkin. Once complete, you'll submit a formal internship proposal, which is finally approved by both the intended internship director at the place of business and Dr. Denkin before you register and begin the internship.

The internship requires the submission of weekly progress reports and a 35- to 40-page summary of your experience and achievements. The final grade is determined jointly by the internship-site supervisor and Dr. Denkin. You’ll also be required to submit a poster presentation at the thesis forum.

Journalism Internship

After being admitted, you may complete a 200-hour internship, counting it as a journalism elective for the program. The internship enables you to gain valuable work experience and to network in the field while earning credit toward the degree. You can work for a print or online news or feature publication under the guidance of a site supervisor and the internship coordinator.

Internship Advising and Approval 

After you have completed six degree courses, including the specific required courses, complete the internship application form.

You are welcome to discuss your internship ideas with your academic advisor, Jody Clineff, or internship coordinator, June Erlick, before application submission to ensure that your project is likely to be approved.

Museum Studies Internship

This internship is an opportunity to work in a museum under the guidance of a museum supervisor. You will network with professionals in the field while gaining real-world experience to support your career plans.

Internship Advising and Approval

After you have completed six degree courses, meet with Kathy Jones to discuss your internship ideas and obtain approval for internship placement.

You may pursue one 200-hour internship (four credits) or two 100-hour internships (two credits each). Once your internship has been approved by Kathy Jones, submit signed internship forms for processing.

Sustainability Internship

This program considers improving professional practice as one of its fundamental goals. You may receive academic credit for a 200-hour internship related to the fields of sustainability and environmental management. This internship counts as a general elective course. 

Internship Advising and Approval

You are eligible to apply for internship credit if you have been admitted to the capstone track of the sustainability program, and you have completed at least six courses taken for graduate credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Once a suitable opportunity is found, submit the internship application form and schedule a phone or in-person appointment with your research advisor to obtain approval.

After finishing your internship, you will have one calendar month to deliver an internship report to the Office of Graduate Advising and Program Administration, attention Stephen Blinn. The report responds to nine items outlined on the internship application form.

Registration is Open

 

Explore the course catalog and register by:

  • December 19 for January courses
  • January 27 for spring courses