FIVS 484 – Internships

Independent study and supervised field experience related to a professional area of interest directly connected to forensic science with an agency engaged in forensic investigations or applications.

It is the student’s responsibility to seek out and identify an internship opportunity for their credit. Please note agencies may have their own application process and deadlines which will likely be earlier than the department’s application deadlines provided at the end of this page.

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 survey 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 1–2-page 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. The proposal must include the title page and the following:
    • Proposal Content:
      • Describe the agency, department, and responsibilities for your internship (discuss with your internship supervisor).
      • Provide a section on your professional/educational background that may be relevant to the work experience being done.
      • Describe what you expect to learn through your internship.
      • Describe how you expect this internship will be useful for your future career endeavors.
  1.     Proposal Formatting
    • Student’s proposals must be in APA format, double spaced, 12-pt font. 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
      – Faris, Ashleigh, ashleigh.faris@tamu.edu
      – Supervisor, Supervisor Title, Supervisor Company, Supervisor
      – Phone, Email & Fax
      *Proposals without a title page will not be processed
  2. Documents should be saved in the following file format: StudentLast,StudentFirst_FIVS484_Faris
  3. The proposal will be reviewed, and more information may be requested.
  4. The student must complete this online application and submit the proposal to the Entomology Undergraduate Programs Office using the links provided at the bottom of this page, prior to being registered.

Registration Process:

Once your proposal is received an email will be sent to Dr. Faris for review and approval. You will not be registered for Professional Internship credit until Dr. Faris has verified your internship and approved your project(s) with the internship supervisor. Be sure you have correct contact information for your 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 for 2 credit hours). It is expected that an individual that signs up for 2 credits will work a minimum of 6 hours per week for 15 weeks (total of 90 hours). Internships must be 4 weeks (approximately 20 hours 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), students must do the following to receive a grade for their credit:

Requirements for Final Grade:
Approximately 2 weeks before the end of the semester, 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 (see below). 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, what you learned and how your prior knowledge helped, how the internship was or was not what you expected, how you will utilize what you learned in your future career, and references (if utilized) in manuscript format (double spaced, 12 pt font, up to 10-pages, 1500 word minimum), according to a journal appropriate to your field.

  1. The project journal:

This should detail your work on your project/internship duties 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).

  1. 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.

  1. Supervisor Evaluation:

Approximately 2 weeks before the end of the semester, supervisors will be sent a link to a survey. Students should ensure that their Internship Supervisor has received and completed the supervisor letter/evaluation which will be sent toward the conclusion of the internship (verify with supervisor). This survey 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 EntomologyUpload 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 link for the document upload before the end of the semester. 

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

Summer 2021
FIVS 484: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0Cl7lpp974Lh36Z

Majors Deadline: May 24, 2021
Non-Majors Deadline: June 1, 2021

Fall 2021

FIVS 484: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0IZaQXSUldkWA5M

Majors Deadline: August 20, 2021
Non-Majors Deadline: September 1, 2021

Spring 2022

FIVS 484: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0IZaQXSUldkWA5M

Majors Deadline: January 7, 2022
Non-Majors Deadline: January 21, 2022

Summer 2022

FIVS 484: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0IZaQXSUldkWA5M
Majors Deadline: May 20, 2022
Non-Majors Deadline: May 31, 2022

 

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