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									               Environmental Science and Engineering Department
                         Internship Requirements and Guidelines

I. Overview:

Internships are a field-based extension of classroom learning allowing students to put theory and
methods into practice, to gain valuable skills and experience and to assist in clarifying career
goals. While internships are not required for either the undergraduate or graduate degree,
students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of such opportunities in their field of interest.

Depending on the student’s schedule and the employer’s flexibility, internships may be full-time
(approximately 40 hours/week) during the summer months or part-time (20 hours or less) during
the school year. The ideal internship is a full-time paid position during the summer months since
a more regular schedule allows student to take on greater responsibility and more meaningful
projects. In the past, a number of internship opportunities placements have taken place within
both the public and private sector including: Erie County Department of Health, GE
Transportation Systems, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

II. Eligibility:

Undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible to apply for and to receive credits for
internships. For undergraduates, internships are generally completed during the junior or senior
year. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required, although some employers may have more stringent
eligibility criteria (i.e., a higher GPA, completion of specific coursework). Graduate students are
eligible at any time during their course of study provided they have the appropriate coursework
and experience required by the employer.

III. Applying for internship opportunities:

Students interested in an internship should contact the appropriate internship advisor as well as
Gannon’s Center for Experiential Education. The internship advisor will assist students in
obtaining an internship that meets there particular needs and outline the requirements for
academic credit. The appropriate internship advisors are as follows:

Undergraduate internship advisor:
 Michelle Homan, PhD
 Office: Zurn Science Center – Room 232
 Phone: 871-5691
Graduate internship advisor:
 Rick Diz, PhD
 Office: Zurn Science Center – Room 230
 Phone: 871-7633

Applying for an internship is very similar to applying for a job. Gannon’s Center for
Experiential Education can assist students in developing a suitable resume for applying for
internship positions and honing interviewing skills. The Center also advertises available
internship opportunities and is responsible for forwarding resumes to employers. For further
information, contact:
  Cheryl Rink, Assistant Director
  Center for Experiential Education
  Office: 1040 Palumbo Center
  Phone: 871-5881

IV. Credits and grades for internships:

All internship credits and grading determinations are made through the Environmental Science &
Engineering Department. Students must meet with the internship advisor prior to the semester in
which the internship will be conducted. Undergraduates may receive between 1 and 3 credits per
semester for an internship by registering for SZ 498. Graduate students may receive between 1
and 3 credits for an internship per semester by registering for GG 693 (section 0C).

A combined total of 3 internship credits may be applied toward either the Bachelor’s degrees
(Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering) or the Master of Science in
Environmental Studies. The number of credits applied to a particular internship will be made by
the internship advisor based on the number of hours worked and the type of job responsibilities.
Credit determinations will be based on the following approximations:
         3 credits: 150+ hours per semester
         2 credits: 75-150 hours/semester
         1 credits: <75 hours/semester

A job that does not provide significant responsibilities or learning opportunities will not be
eligible for internship credit. Examples of jobs that will not be eligible include those where a
significant portion of time is devoted to: data entry type work; one or two routine job tasks; and
responsibilities are not directly related to the environmental science/industrial hygiene field.

V. Requirements for grading and completion of internship credits:

Internships will be graded on a pass/fail basis contingent on the completion and evaluation of the
following three items: 1) a summary report; 2) a presentation during the Environmental Seminar
(SZ 200/SZ 201/GG 690); and 3) an evaluation completed by the internship supervisor. Note:
the internship supervisor may require that intermediate progress reports be submitted by the
student via email during the internship.

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    1. Summary Report: The report should be organized as follows:

          1. Table of Contents: A table of contents where the material is organized into major
             sections and appendices that include all supporting materials.
          2. Agency/Job Description: Provide a description of the facility or agency including its
             principle functions or activities. Also include a detailed job description of your
             position within the agency/facility
          3. Internship Summary: A detailed summary of the major responsibilities and job tasks
             for the internship. Each project/major responsibility should be written up as a
             separate section of the report. Each section should then include the following sub-
             sections: goal and objectives of the project, activities to achieve the stated objectives,
          4. Overall Assessment: An overall assessment of the internship including what you feel
             was gained from the experience and any suggestions or criticisms. This should also
             include an evaluation of how your university education prepared or did not prepare
             you for the internship;
          5. Appendices: An appendix that includes all major work products developed during the
             course of the internship including: reports, articles, protocols, data analyses and

    2. Presentation:
    Each student is required to develop and conduct a presentation that summarizes their
    internship experience. The presentation will be scheduled during the Environmental Seminar
    in either the fall (SZ 200) or spring (SZ 201) semester. The presentation should summarize
    the major discussion points as outlined in the summary report. Students should meet with
    their internship advisor to finalize their presentation.

    3. Supervisor Evaluation:
    An evaluation form will be filled out by the intern’s immediate supervisor. This form will be
    used in determining a final grade for the internship. This evaluation is turned into the Center
    for Experiential Education and will be forwarded to the Internship Advisor.

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                                     Internship Checklist

To apply for an internship:

The following is a list of steps that a student should follow to apply for internships that have
been advertised through Gannon’s Center for Experiential Education (CEE).
   1. Meet with Cheryl Rink of the CEE
   2. Complete internship registration form and return to CEE
   3. Develop resume and submit to Cheryl Rink

To receive credit for an internship:

The following is a list of steps that students should follow in order to receive credit for an

    1. Meet with the internship advisor to discuss requirements and determine the appropriate
       number of credits prior to starting the internship.
    2. Register for SZ 498 (undergraduates) or GG 693 – section OC (graduate students).
    3. Turn in your internship summary report to your internship advisor during finals week
    4. Ensure that a supervisor’s evaluation form has been turned in to the internship advisor
    5. Speak with Dr. Homan to schedule your presentation for the Environmental Seminar (SZ
       200/SZ 201/GG690)
    6. Complete the presentation for the environmental seminar.

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