ETS - Environmental and Technological Studieslinking the natural and human-made worldCollege of Science & Engineering

Business/Industry Internship Policies and Procedures

The industrial internship offered by the Environmental and Technology Studies at St. Cloud State University has as its main purpose to provide all graduate and undergraduate majors with an outstanding occupational experience that involves a variety of activities under close supervision and instruction by supervisors from the industry / company and the university. The guidelines used are as follows:

ETS 444/544. INTERNSHIP. Offered only to students who hold internships with industrial organizations for which advanced approval has been given by the department. 1-9 Cr. May be repeated; however, a maximum of 9 credits will count toward an undergraduate degree and 3 cr. toward a graduate degree.

  1. The number of hours of occupational experience requires per credit varies from 50 to 80. This number is determined during the original joint meeting (referred to in No. 5) and reflects the value of experience.
  2. A full time internship in the Environmental & Technological Studies is considered to be full academic load for most students even though the intern may be earning less than a full 12-credit load.
  3. The student makes application for a position with an industry / company as though he/she were applying for a regular job. If the industry / company is interested in employing the student according to the university internship conditions, an internship Application form is complete by the student before the interview. Salary is determined during the interview by mutual agreement of the industry /company and the intern.
  4. Before a student begins an internship, if the industry / company agrees to employ the student as an intern, an Internship Acceptance Form is signed by the supervisor and/or another person of authority in the industry/company. This agreement must be made at least three weeks prior to the internship experience.
  5. The University makes a minimum of two visits to the industry / company per semester or two summer session to supervise the intern and see what he/she can do to make the experience as meaningful as possible (if location prevents these visits, other arrangements may be made).
  6. The student's evaluation at the end of the term is determined by mutual agreement between the industry /company and the University supervisor. He/she is an S or U and a written evaluation is sent to the intern by the University supervisor.
  7. A complete file is kept on each person who has completed an internship. This file contains a copy of the Internship Application Form, Internship Acceptance Form, one copy of the Internship Report for each week worked, a final term paper by the intern involving a critical review of his/her form signed by the employer. The University supervisor will indicate on this latter form that this was a direct work experience and satisfies the following State Plan Regulation: "Occupational experience requirements may be met by substituting one hour of direct work experience in a program conducted through an approved teacher education institution for each two hours of regular work experience."
  8. At times of registration a description of the internship, including the varied experience the intern will be involved in, is placed on an arranged course form. If any changes are made during the semester, they are forwarded to the Admissions and Records Office.
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