ENTO484 Internship

Independent study and supervised field experience related to a professional area of interest.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. To recognize the scientific method and apply it to a problem/solution.
  2. To describe problem-solving principles and organize typical operational protocols.
  3. To summarize and illustrate results from an experiment, project, or experience in a written, scientific manner.
  4. To be able to understand the application of this experiment, project, or experience in the student’s area of study.

Assessment of these learning outcomes will be based upon the content evaluation of the internship proposal, electronic internship journal, photo-documented activities, final internship report, and an internship supervisor letter of evaluation.
Before Initiating the Internship (by the deadlines indicated for the appropriate semester, posted below)-

  1. Complete the On-line Application.
  2. Students must turn in a formal proposal for Professional Internship before student will be registered. Students will not be registered for Professional Internship credit hours until a formal proposal is on file in the Entomology Undergraduate Programs Office.
  3. The student must complete this online application and submit a document containing the following information to the Entomology Undergraduate Programs Office prior to registration.
  4. Student’s proposals must be in APA format. A title page with the following information must be included with the student’s proposal: Student’s Name, UIN
    Number of Credit Hours
    Semester (Fall, Spring, first-second or 10 week Summer)
    Registration Year
    Major
    Date, Student Phone, Student Address, Student Email
    Coates, Craig, ccoates@tamu.edu
    Supervisor, Supervisor Title, Supervisor Company, Supervisor Phone, Email & Fax
    *Proposals without a title page will not be processed
  5. A one to two page formal proposal of the project must be attached. The proposal must include the title page and the following:
    a. Describe the overall problem to be addressed.
    b. Provide a section on professional background that may be relevant to the work experience being done.
    c.  List specific objectives to attain the goal and brief description of how each objective will be achieved.
  6. The project will be reviewed and more information may be requested.
  7. Documents should be saved in the following file format: StudentLast,StudentFirst_ENTO484_Coates

Registration Process:

Once your proposal is received an email will be sent to Dr. Coates for review and approval. You will not be registered for Professional Internship credit until Dr. Coates has verified your internship and approved your project(s) with the internship supervisor.
Students should allow a minimum of two business weeks after application closing date for this process to be approved. Students may only be registered for Professional Internship credit hours during university approved registration periods. Students are responsible for checking registration dates for each semester.
Please provide a valid email address for your internship supervisor (students must have previously met with the internship supervisor and have an internship offer before completing this step)

During the Internship-

  1. Keep an electronic (i.e. word document) journal detailing experiences (each date that individual worked and time logged must be recorded in the journal).
  2. Photo document activities (as allowed by the internship location and approved by the internship supervisor)
  3. Work a minimum of 3 hours per week per credit registered during the long semester (6 hours per week). It is expected that an individual that signs up for two credits will work a minimum of six hours per week for 15 weeks (total of 90 hours). Internships must be four weeks (approximately 20 hr per week) or longer in order to satisfy internship requirements.At the Conclusion of the Internship (within two weeks of last day of internship and/or prior to the beginning of finals during Fall and Spring semester and two working days prior to the last day of class during Summer Semester as detailed by the University Academic Calendar)-

Requirements for Final Grade:
Students will be sent a link for document uploading, and by the final day of classes for the semester in which the student is registered, the student is to complete a project questionnaire and upload the final project documentation. Technical difficulties are the responsibility of the student and sometimes occur; therefore, we strongly encourage students to submit the documents well in advance of the deadline to allow for troubleshooting in the event that technical difficulties occur.

Documentation includes:

1. The final project report.

Include the proposal and build upon it to include summarized activities, experiences, results, discussion, conclusions, and references (if utilized) in manuscript format (double spaced, 12 pt font, 10-page, 1500 word minimum), according to a journal appropriate to your field.

Students may choose to reflect upon their expectations, experiences, and if they would recommend their internship to other students and include these reflections in their final project report.

The content, substance, and professional quality of the report will be evaluated in the context of the learning outcomes stated above.

2. The project journal.
This should detail your work on your project over the course of your Professional Internship experience. However, this should not include unpublished data that may hinder future publications and/or patents.

The journal description should indicate that the student should keep a journal that indicates activities conducted each day. They should indicate date and amount of time allocated (by day).

3. Photo documentation of activities (as allowed by the internship location and approved by the Internship Supervisor).

Examples of photo documentation may include pictures of interns performing activities relevant to the internship, field sites, building locations where internships are taking place, and other general duties being conducted over the course of the Professional Internship.

4. Supervisor Letter/Evaluation

Students should ensure that their Internship Supervisor completes the supervisor letter/evaluation which will be sent toward the conclusion of the internship. This will evaluate the performance of the student during the course of the Professional Internship.
Satisfactory completion of these steps will determine the grade for the hours of credit requested. Rubrics for final grades should be discussed with the professor of record.
A copy of this documentation will become part of the student’s record in the Department of Entomology
Upload your final project report and journal to the online final document repository, and provide a copy to your supervisor / instructor.  You will be sent a web address for the document upload.  Note:  The final project report for your internship experience can be in the form of a poster if it captures the same information and either has been, or will be presented at a meeting, conference, or other similar venue.

Application Links/Deadlines

Spring 2018 – December 1, 2017

Application: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_00dPhUsZvnTCW7H

 

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