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Office of Science Engagement

Internship Program

Internship Program

Participate in a science-related internship for credit
College of Science students have the option to receive credit for their internship experiences. There are two courses offered by the college-SC 294 and SC494- and participation is based on the internship experience.

If you have been offered a summer internship assignment related to your major, you may be eligible to receive between 1 – 3 credits for the upcoming experience. Key for receiving academic credit is the description of duties of what you will be doing.  They need to be related in some way to your major/career interests.  You must be registered for either SC 294 or SC 494 before you start your internship.  Retroactive adding of the course is not permitted.

What are my chances?
Summer internships are very competitive-every science student from every college and university is available in the summer, and many are interested in getting practical experience. It is important for you to have a well developed resume and start searching for opportunities early; some deadlines for summer are as early as fall! Network with your professors, family, and friends to identify opportunities. Keep track of your applications and be prepared for interviews.
Is there a fee for the credits? Do I have to register for internship credits?
Yes, Penn State tuition and administrative fees apply on a per credit basis. Summer tuition fees can be found on the Bursar’s web site.
No, you do not have to register for internship credits. Penn State Science does not require you to register for academic credit for an internship.
Please note that some organizations may require their interns to register for academic credit. If so, be sure to complete Internship Credit Form well in advance of the start of your assignment to be sure your department will approve the experience for academic credit prior to committing to participate in the experience. Contact our office, 814-865-5000, to begin this process.
Will I get paid for this internship?
Many employers, especially in the private sector, pay science summer interns.  However, some fields like healthcare, forensics, and other non-profit or government positions may be unpaid.  Be sure to read the position information carefully so you know if you will receive an hourly salary, a stipend upon completion of the assignment, or if it’s an unpaid experience.
When should I start looking for a summer internship?
Summer internships are really competitive, and it’s never too early to start looking and thinking about the types of experiences that interest you. The majority of application deadlines are in the spring, some as early as February, so get your resume ready in the fall and use the winter holiday break to network and to start looking for opportunities that interest you. Some application deadlines are much earlier, in mid/late fall. Employers participating in the Fall Career Days event may be accepting applications for summer interns.
Will there be assignments?
Both SC 294 and 494 require assignments plus student and supervisor evaluations throughout the summer.
Can I get credit for an internship I find through my own network?
The process for applying for academic credit is the same, whether it’s for a position posted in our database, or one that you’re able to identify through your own network.  Please complete and submit the appropriate forms to be reviewed by your department.

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