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G&ES 450: Summer Internships

Frequently Asked Questions


1) May I do my internship in or near my hometown?
Yes, but you are not restricted to your home community.

2) May my internship be with a private sector organization?
Yes, it may be with any applicable organization in the public, semi-public, or private sectors.

3) Can I get University credit for my summer job?
Possibly. There is a gray area along the scale between jobs at one end and internships at the other. Each case, therefore, is decided on its own merits. The issue of pay is rarely a factor. Rather, for an internship there should be at least three elements: 1) professional supervision on a continuing basis; 2) a broad experience instead of a narrow task area or specialty; and 3) commitment from the host organization, including tentative information on internship activities in advance of the field experience. In cases where students are turned down there is an appeals process.

4) How does registration work?
Registration is similar to other summer school offerings, with some additional qualifications. Here are the steps in sequence:
a) speak with the Summer Internship Coordinator
b) complete an application consisting of the following: the
Preliminary Application, a short essay, a résumé, and two faculty recommendations
c) decide upon possible placements with faculty assistance
d) confirm placement(s) and fill out the forms required for final registration. Don't forget to obtain all necessary signatures!
e) Take the forms with you to the Office of Academic Records and Summer School and register for your internship.
f) Begin internship

5) How many hours may I sign up for?
Summer internships are offered for 3, 6, 9, or 12 hours. At least one week in the field full-time, or its equivalent (40 hours), is required for each semester hour of credit. Thus, an intern who is working full-time for nine weeks may not register for more than nine semester hours of credit.

6) What class do I sign up for?
The class is "G&ES 450 - Internship", and it is listed in the schedule of summer classes under Session II. Even though the internship appears under Session II, the actual dates that you work are determined by you and your internship employer. All interns must be properly registered before they begin their internships.

7) Do I have to pay for the internship course even though I am not going to be paid during my internship?
Yes. These are courses with credit, supervision, and all the overhead and delivery expenses common to other summer courses, including the cost of supervising faculty members.

8) Is it OK for me to take the summer internship after I graduate in May?
Sorry, nope. :) You should take the summer internship before you graduate. (However, you may participate fully in graduation ceremonies in May even if you have applied for August graduation.)

9) When may I begin my internship?
This depends upon some combination of the following: the host organization's needs, your availability, the time it takes in the field to get the credits that you sign up for, etc. One's starting and concluding dates should be confirmed by discussion with the Summer Internship Coordinator.

10) How will the Internship Coordinator know how I'm doing if I am far from the University?
Interns will be sending in their journal entries on a regular basis; most will also be visited in their placements. Those who are farther away will be kept in touch by telephone, postal mail, or email.

11) When is the daily journal due?
You are asked to send a faxed, photocopied, or electronic copy of your journal entries to the Internship Coordinator every few weeks during the course of your internship. The first entries sent should cover your first week on the job.

12) When is the term paper due?
You will need to come to an agreement with your Internship Coordinator as to a topic while you are still working. Ideally, you will finish writing the paper during the summer in which you do your internship. In that way, the internship will still be fresh in your mind and you will be able to collect data at the job site. Papers should in no case be submitted later than the end of the following fall semester.

13) How will I be graded for this course?
Internships are given the usual letter grades of A, B, C, D, or F, just like other university courses. The grade is based on the following: a journal that is kept on a daily basis, a final paper related in some way to the internship experience, an evaluation by your supervisor, an on-site visit or its equivalent, and other interaction with faculty when this is part of the internship.

14) How do I use these credits toward graduation?
Many students use these credits as free electives. An internship is required for the Geographic Information Technology Minor. Check with your advisor.

15) If I still have questions, whom should I see for answers?
Any number of people, including but not limited to: the Summer Internship Coordinator(s) listed below, your advisor, and/or the department chairperson, Dr. Jim Hathaway.

Internship coordinator for G&ES students:
Dr. Langdon Smith
336 Advanced Technology and Science Hall
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057-1326
Phone: (724) 738-2389
Fax: (724) 738-4762
Homepage: click here.

Internship coordinator for EGEO students:
Dr. Michael Stapleton
333 Advanced Technology and Science Hall,
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057-1326
Phone: (724) 738-2495
Fax: (724) 738-4762
Homepage: click

Department Chair:
Dr. Jack Livingston
330 Advanced Technology and Science Hall
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057-1326
Phone: (724) 738-2388
Fax: (724) 738-4762
Email: click
Homepage: click

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