Requirements & Considerations for doing an internship for credit

Requirements Considerations for doing an internship for cred

1. Qualifications for SCDV-480 Internship in Science

  • Junior or Senior status.
  • 14+ credits taken in a single department in the School of Science. Internship must be in a subject covered by this department. 
  • GPA in major and overall of 2.8 or better (flexible).
  • ENVA majors automatically qualify for an internship and should discuss projects/sites with their advisor.
  • The Internship Coordinator might seek the recommendation of your advisor.
  • Permission of the Internship Coordinator.

For qualifications for SCDV-250 Practicum for Emerging Scientists, please see the college catalog and/or talk with Dr. Robin Flatland, the SOS Internship Coordinator.
2. LOGISTICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Academic schedule must allow blocks of time of 4 or more hours that you can be at the internship site.
  • Need to work 40 internship hours per credit hour earned (3 credit hours = 120 internship work hours).
  • Usually need to work a minimum of 12 hours per week for 3 credits.
  • Usually need to work a minimum of 8 hours per week for 2 credits.
  • 1-credit and 2-credit internships are hard to find (and usually are only done as a follow-up to a 3-credit internship).
  • You must provide transportation.
  • You may drop or withdraw from an internship just like any other course.
  • The internship courses (SCDV-480 and SCDV-250) are Pass/Fail (no grade).
  • SCDV-480 and SCDV-250 are electives – they are not courses in your major.

3. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  •  Maintain a daily time-log (brief description of daily activities) using a shared Google spreadsheet that the SOS Internship Coordinator will provide.
  • Work 40 hours at internship site for each credit hour earned.
  • Complete an end of the semester experience report.
  • Willingness to work.
  • Dependability.

4. MISCELLANEOUS

  • Internships are not necessarily paying positions (but pay is allowed). If you have a job in your major field of study, it may qualify for internship credit.
  • You may earn internship credits over the summer. Note thought that the college will charge you for the summer credits.
  • Internships are electives - they do NOT count as courses in you major.
  • Internships give you a taste of actual job experience.
  • Internships give you an 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 in your major 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 TO ASK BEFORE GETTING AN INTERNSHIP

  • Can I afford the TIME?
  • Can I afford the costs? (Transportation, Parking, etc.)

6. End-Of-Internship Requirements
For a P/F grade to be submitted, by the end of the semester you must have done the following:

  • Your daily time log (in the shared Google spreadsheet) must be complete, showing a list of days you worked, the number of hours worked each day, and a brief description of what you did that day. The total number of hours worked must be 40 hours for each credit hour earned. (So for 3 credits, you must have worked 120 hours.)
  • A written experience report about your internship. Click here for what to include in the report. Email your report to Dr. Robin Flatland (flatland@siena.edu), the SOS Internship Coordinator.
  • An evaluation of your internship site. A copy of the evaluation form can be found here: http://www.cs.siena.edu/~flatland/internships/StudentEvaluationofSite.doc . Email the completed form to Dr. Robin Flatland (flatland@siena.edu), the SOS Internship Coordinator.

If you fail to complete and submit these items, your grade will be entered as an “F” (the course is pass/fail).
In addition, for Fall and Spring Internships, the SOS Internship Coordinator will be sending a student-evaluation form via email to your internship supervisor.   
Click here for what to include in the report.