Internship information for students
A research, scholarly, or creative internship as an
undergraduate is a great way to explore a field, increase your professional
skills, and develop a working relationship with a faculty member. Read the
following for more information on pursuing student internships.
Before you apply
Before you apply for an internship, make sure you:
- Review the available internship opportunities
- Read the project description carefully. Do you understand the project? Do you meet all the qualifications? Do you have a strong interest in the project?
- Consider your time commitments for the
semester. Will you be able to devote the
required number of hours over the course of the term? How high would this
internship be on your “to do” priority list?
- Read the Student FAQ page to get additional information about the Interns-to-Scholars program.
Completing the application
The Spring 2013 application period closed on January 25, 2013. A separate Internship Application Form is required for each project. You may apply for up to two (2) internships for the spring semester or three (3) internships for the fall semester. For each
internship, you will submit:
- your contact information, academic status, and
resume (limit to one page)
- your statement of interest (limit to 400 words)
- list of your goals for the internship
- list of your other time commitments during the internship period
- an unofficial transcript
- any additional information requested in the
After you submit your application
After the application deadline has passed, faculty mentors will receive all applicants for their internships to review and will arrange to interview their top candidates. Check your e-mail regularly and respond promptly to interview
requests, even if you wish to decline the interview. Do NOT telephone
individual faculty or their departments about your application.
If you are selected for the internship, you will work with
your faculty mentor to establish an internship contract that outlines all the
expectations of the internship. This contract will be used to evaluate the
success of the internship. The contract will include:
- project goals (overall and student-specific)
- the amount of work per week
- reporting requirements
- confidentiality rights
- intellectual property ownership rights
- authorship rights
- training requirements
The signed contract will be submitted to the Undergraduate Research
Coordinator by the end of the first week of the internship.
All contracts stipulate that interns are
required to attend at least three internship seminars that are scheduled during
each semester of their internship. Guest speakers will cover issues meaningful
to diverse disciplines and project topics. Interns will also have the
opportunity to support and learn from their peers.