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Internship Guidelines

by schrod69 — last modified Sep 02, 2014 10:01 AM

The term intern will refer to the UW Oshkosh student, internor will refer to the organization where the internship is to occur, and director will refer to the UW Oshkosh computer science department faculty member who is responsible for maintaining the relationship between the intern, the internor, and the department.

1.   Eligibility to Enter Intern Pool

Students eligible to participate as interns need to satisfy all of the following:

      • 75 or more credits toward graduation
      • 2 or more UW Oshkosh computer science courses numbered 300 or higher
      • Not restricted to majors
      • No restriction on emphasis
      • NOTE:  Beginning in the Spring 2011 semester, all students enrolling in our internship course will have to have completed or be concurrently enrolled in the following interdisciplinary course:  INTRDSCP 208 -- Professional Career Skills in Math and Natural Science.

2.   Eligibility of Interning Organization

Each internor needs to supply a profile or selection criterion for the type of student that they are interested in hiring. It is expected that they will interview and/or select an intern from the pool. The internor can request the CS department to supply references and/or recommendations for particular students before making their selection.

The internor must:

      • Provide guidance and training for the student
      • Assign an experienced supervisor with a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field to mentor and supervise the intern
      • Be an organization that employs other college graduates in the work environment
      • Provide a statement to the internship director supplying the following information:
      1. Description of the project or work assignment to be performed by intern.   The project must entail significant involvement in a large software development effort so that the intern puts into practice some of the skills they have learned in an upper-level computer science course.
      2. Description of training and/or orientation the intern will receive
      3. Identification of the person who will be supervising the intern and the academic credentials and work experience of the supervisor
      4. Description of the method and frequency of feedback that the intern will receive from the supervisor
      5. Statement of the rate of pay for the intern

This statement is uploaded by the student when the internship application is submitted. We then contact the internor to confirm the arrangements described in the statement.

      • Provide a letter at the end of the internship that evaluates the quality of work and recommends a grade

3.   Deadline for Approval

The deadline for approval of a computer science internship for the fall or spring semester is two weeks after the start of that semester. The deadline for a summer internship is the last day of the first week of the first term of the summer semester.

4.   Responsibilities of Student Intern

The student intern must:

      • Submit intermediate reports to the internship director (at least three required on a schedule announced each semester by the internship director)
      • Revise drafts of internhsip reports until accepted by the director
      • Submit a final report and an oral presentation based on the final report are mandatory. If the internship is completed in the summer, the oral presentation must be given during the following fall semester.
      • Inform the director promptly whenever there is any difficulty in the internship
      • Submit reports on time to the director. Note that a grade reduction will be imposed in the event that progress reports and/or the final report are submitted to the director after the due date. Due dates are the first of each month in the period when the internship is in progress, or may be set more specifically by the coordinator in a particular semester.
      • Remind your supervisor to send a letter to the CS department chair that evaluates the work and recommends a grade.
      • Complete the internship survey form and an exit interview with the internship director.

5.   Responsibilities of the Internship Director

The director will:

      • have contact with the internor before the internship, monthly during the internship and again after the internship is completed
      • interview the intern before the internship
      • read, comment and promptly return drafts of progress reports and the final report
      • complete an exit interview with the intern

6.   Responsibilities of the Interning Organization

The interning organization must:

      • provide training/learning opportunities for intern
      • provide supervision of the intern
      • provide appropriate work opportunities
      • pay the intern an appropriate wage

7.   Amount of credit

      • Generally internships are taken for three credits in a given semester.
      • Translation of hours of work and training to credit
      • Rule of thumb: hours of work per credit comparable to the one-hour-in-class-plus-three-hours-outside-class guideline used for one credit in a regular course. Over a 14 week term, a three-credit course turns out to be approximately 160-200 hours by this metric.

8.   Required Work and Grades

      • one credit of the grade is based on written work done during the internship and the oral presentation
      • the written assignments include: intermediate reports and the final report
      • the written work will be submitted to the director for comments and revised until accepted by the director

Guidelines for Written Reports -- see the FAQ document for internships and practicums

by schrod69 — last modified Sep 02, 2014 10:01 AM
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