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Internship Requirements

As experiential opportunities are becoming a necessity for students to become competitive in either a technical or research oriented career in industry, we are starting to see the number of graduate students participating in experiential opportunities increase. If you have been offered an internship or plan to be involved in an internship, you will need to follow these procedures: 

Allow appropriate lead time to finish all steps necessary for your internship.

For Domestic Students

  1. Have an open discussion with your faculty advisor including issues surrounding intellectual property in your particular lab.
  2. Obtain a copy of your offer letter. If you or your faculty advisor have concerns about non-compete or non-disclosure agreements, please contact the Director of Student Legal Services.
  3. For thesis students, obtain written approval (email will suffice) from your faculty advisor to participate in this experience. For non-thesis students, obtain approval from Tammy Siemers.
  4. Send both your offer letter and written approval documents to the Professional Development and External Relations Specialist (via email will suffice.)
  5. You will then be enrolled in an internship course (BME 69699) for each semester you are away. This course will allow your internship to be transcripted, keep health insurance current, keep you in full time status and preserve any student loan deferments. 
  6. There is a $400 fee that is the student’s responsibility.
  7. Meet with the business office to determine your payroll status and fill out required request of absence form.
  8. At the end of your internship, you will report out to your faculty advisor what experiences you gained and provide a copy of your updated CV or resume to the Grad Office.  It is highly recommended that you also obtain a letter of recommendation from either your supervisor or a project leader as well. 
  9. At the end of each semester, you will receive a grade of either a satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U).

For International Students

  1. Have an open discussion with your faculty advisor including issues surrounding intellectual property in your particular lab
  2. Obtain a copy of your offer letter. If you or your faculty advisor have concerns about non-compete or non-disclosure agreements, please contact the Director of Student Legal Services.
  3. Obtain written approval (email will suffice) from your faculty advisor to participate in this experience.
  4. You will then be enrolled in an internship course (BME 69699) for each semester you are away. This course will allow your internship to be transcripted, keep health insurance current, keep you in full time status and preserve any student loan deferments. 
  5. There is a $400 fee that is the student’s responsibility.
  6. Please submit the following documents to the External Relations and Professional Development Specialist in the Grad Office:
    • Offer letter
    • Email/written consent from faculty advisor
  7. Complete the directions on ISS website on how to apply for CPTMake sure you put Tammy Siemers done for your advisor.
  8. Meet with business office to determine your payroll status and required leave of absence request form.
  9.  Hand in completed CPT form and offer letter to ISS in your in-person appointment.
  10. At the end of your internship, you will report out to your faculty advisor what experiences you gained and provide a copy of your updated CV or resume to the Grad Office.  It is highly recommended that you also obtain a letter of recommendation from either your supervisor or a project leader as well. 
  11. At the end of each semester, you will receive a grade of either a satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U).