Information for internship sites and supervisors

Information for internship sites and supervisors

Some questions and answers about Siena’s SCDV-480 Internship in Science course: 

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 Science, Mathematics, Actuarial Science, or Physics.
  • They will have a minimum of four courses in the field of the internship.
  • 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.

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 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, although paid internships are allowed.
  • Extraordinary intern expenses, such as extended travel or special instruction, should be reimbursed by the organization.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sharon Small, the Siena School of Science Internship Coordinator by phone (518-782-6541) or email (