Internship

What is an internship?

A carefully monitored work or service experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what she or he is learning throughout the experience. Part of an educational program and carefully monitored and evaluated for academic credit, or part of a learning plan that the intern develops.

Students must identify and participate in a 320-hour internship, with an identified internship mentor. The internship can be paid or unpaid, and will usually be conducted in a non-academic workplace. The objectives of the internship are to encourage students to integrate elements of the course work into the workplace and to capitalize on the transitional aspects of the PSM program. The internship will include an Internship Proposal, and an Internship Log. After completion of the internship an Internship Report will be written to show that the student was challenged; 1), to complete an assigned internship and 2), to interpret and integrate course work and the internship experience.

Students must enroll in MBioS 701 Master’s Independent Capstone Project and/or Examination for a total of 4 credits to complete the PSM. Credits taken per semester are variable; however two credits must be taken in the semester of the final examination. The internship and mentor must be identified by the student and preapproved by the student’s committee by the end of the first semester of study or after completing 10 credits of course work, and at least one month before the beginning of the internship. A written internship proposal should be submitted for approval and must follow the Internship Proposal guidelines. The internship must be a new experience for the student, and if a student wishes to do an internship in a current workplace the nature of the internship must be completely different from his/her regular responsibilities; for example the internship could be conducted in a different office or department within the workplace. During the internship, students will be expected to keep a weekly Internship Log to document progress. Finally to successfully complete the internship, students will write an Internship Report under the guidance of their internship mentor and graduate committee. This report will form the basis of the final master’s examination.

The quality of the internship is determined by the amount of time, creativity, and energy students invest in their experience. It is the responsibility of each student to obtain an internship position (paid or unpaid) and an internship mentor during the first semester of study, in a location that works for him or her. The Director of the PSM, Norah McCabe at nrmccabe@wsu.edu will provide a list of available internship contacts located on the PSM webpage at http://www.smb.wsu.edu/graduates/psm/psm_mentors.htm in any semester; however, securing an internship is ultimately the student’s responsibility.

The internship will include an Internship Proposal (agreement form, proposal, and student’s resume), Internship Log, Internship Final Report, Student Evaluation of Internship Experience, and Internship Mentor Evaluation of Student.

The internship and mentor must be identified by the student and preapproved by the student’s committee well before the beginning of the internship, by the end of the second semester of study or after completing 20 credits of coursework. An Internship Proposal must be submitted and approved well before beginning the internship. A detailed timeline of the Internship requirements is presented below.

The internship must be a new experience for the student. If a student wishes to do an internship in a current workplace, the nature of the internship must be completely different from his/her regular responsibilities. For example, the internship could be conducted in a different office or department within the workplace. The time spent on the internship should be equivalent to eight weeks of full-time employment (40 hours per week). During the internship, students will be expected to keep a weekly Internship Log to document progress.

Finally, to successfully complete the internship, students will write an Internship Report under the guidance of their internship mentor/s and members of their graduate committees. This report will be written to show that the student met the challenge of: 1) completing an assigned internship, and 2) interpreting and integrating coursework and the internship experience. The Internship Report (final) is due at least 10 working days before the final examination, and will form the basis of the final master’s examination.

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