Biosystems Engineering Internship Requirements
As of Fall 2008, all entering BE undergraduates are required to perform an internship experience. The primary goal of an internship is to give students an opportunity to apply lessons learned in the classroom to a real-world experience set in a professional practice-oriented environment. The intern’s work should be supervised by a professional working in the student’s field or in a related area. In addition to offering students the opportunity to demonstrate and develop their technical skills, it allows students to develop professional skills in teamwork, communication, leadership, critical thinking, and business procedures.
An internship is defined as a specialized set of duties that provide training and practice in actual service in settings such as industry, business, research laboratory, community agency, or government office.
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Credit and grading
- All BE students must take and pass ABE 493 Internship for a minimum of 1 credit hour up to a maximum of 4 credit hours. Each unit of credit requires a minimum of 45 hours of work.
- The grades available for internship are limited to S (superior), P (passing), C (average), D (poor), E (failure), I (incomplete), and W (withdraw). Note that S/P grades do not factor into a student’s grade point average.
It is anticipated that students will register for ABE 493 in the fall of their Senior year and will perform the internship duties in the summer before that semester. There are no restrictions on a student performing the internship at an earlier time, perhaps even during the normal school year. Prior to initiation of the internship work, the student must submit an “Application for Internship” to the faculty course coordinator. The ABE 493 Intern Application Form can be found here: Intern Application Form