Internship requirements - Mathematics and Statistics

Several of the highest growth jobs require a strong proficiency in mathematics and/or statistics.  These include positions such as actuary, biostatistician, data scientist, operations research analyst, and systems or software engineer and analyst.  An internship in Applied Mathematics or Applied Statistics provide students seeking a major or minor in these disciplines valuable on- the-job skills experience and excellent networking opportunities.

Requirements

  • The prospective intern needs to be an enrolled Metropolitan State University student majoring/minoring in Applied Mathematics or minoring in Applied Statistics with a composite GPA of at least 2.50 and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in Mathematics and Statistics courses.  The student must have completed the appropriate courses (as determined by department review) for the proposed internship.  
  • The internship must be independent, self-directed work which is upper-division in nature.
  • A minimum of 40 hours must be worked to qualify for 1 credit (at least 80 hours for 2 credits, 120 hours for 3 credits, and 160 hours for 4 credits).  A student may elect to register for an internship from 1-4 credits.  A student may do more than one internship, but the maximum credit limit for each internship is 4 credits.  
  • The internship must be supervised, and the site supervisor must be willing to evaluate a student’s work on a regular basis during the semester.  The site supervisor must be qualified to supervise and this should be demonstrated in a brief resume which is provided to the Math Chair.  
  • Internships must be approved in advance by the department (including work scope and supervisor based on resume noted above).  Credit will not be granted on a retroactive basis.
  • Evaluation of the internship will be done by the site supervisor in consultation with the department faculty internship evaluator.  (See Evaluation Section below.)
  • The grading option for internships is on an S/N basis only.  The final grade will be submitted by the faculty internship evaluator based on the internship site supervisor’s evaluation, the student’s reports and/or presentations, and an exit review between the student and the faculty internship evaluator.
  • Your site supervisor may not be related to you (e.g., a parent, sibling, child, uncle, aunt, cousin, in-law, domestic partner).  Check if you are not sure – this list is not exhaustive.  You also may not be related to the faculty internship evaluator.
  • You may do an internship at your present work location, even for your present supervisor.  The work, though, must be something that is new learning for you.  It also must be significantly different from the work that you do for this organization.
  • Taking an internship does not replace taking a required course.  In rare instances, your advisor may waive this requirement after extensive review of the internship project, reports/presentations, and any other appropriate output.

Learning outcomes

All internships must offer students the opportunity to gain the following outcomes. The student will learn:

  • Self-management skills, those skills needed for personal and professional success;
  • Thinking and processing skills, the analytical skills needed for analysis and decision making; 
  • Communications skills, those skills needed to effectively communicate (written and orally) analysis results; 
  • Interpersonal skills, those skills needed to work productively and enjoyably with others, including people from dissimilar backgrounds or perspectives; and
  • The internship site’s goals, understand the industry, business, and customer perspective.


Evaluation

All evaluation measures should be linked to a clear and concise set of documented student learning outcomes for the internship.  All measures need to be included on the Internship Agreement Form.

  • The intern will submit a bi-weekly summary to the site supervisor and the faculty internship evaluator on the status of the project and what the intern is learning.
  • The intern will provide a formal report or prepare and give a presentation on the project at the internship site twice during the semester (approximately during the middle of the semester and at the end of the semester).  The site supervisor and the faculty internship evaluator will be recipients of the report or be at the presentations.
  • Any additional evaluation measures that are documented as part of the agreement between the intern, site supervisor, and faculty internship evaluator.

Procedure for student seeking an academic internship

The following procedures should be followed for admission into the Internship Program.  Applied Mathematics and Statistics faculty members are always good starting points for information on current internship opportunities.  

  1. Send a note to math@metrostate.edu indicating your interest in an internship.  In many cases, the number of interested students will be greater than the number of available positions.  Please indicate whether you are applying for an internship at your current place of employment or a position identified by Metropolitan State University.  For internships with a current employer, be very clear in describing how the proposed internship will differ from current responsibilities.  All applications will be reviewed by the department for approval.  Students will be notified of acceptance status by a department representative.  
  2. Attend an internship information session.  Contact the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) at 651-793-1289 or internships@metrostate.edu. You can also access the schedule of meetings on the ICES website at http://www.metrostate.edu/ices.  These are held on a regular basis.  After this meeting you will receive an internship packet via email attachment, which includes all the necessary paperwork for your internship.  As an alternative, schedule an appointment with the ICES internship coordinator to discuss your potential internship and to get the internship packet.
  3. Work with the faculty internship evaluator, who is an assigned resident faculty, to complete, sign*, and date the Academic Internship Agreement. (*sent from an official university email address with approval is considered a signature)
  4. Submit the Academic Internship Agreement to the Applied Mathematics and Statistics department Chair at math@metrostate.edu. He/she will review, sign, and date the agreement and forward it to the ICES Internship Office.
  5. The Internship Office will send you an e-mail approval and a copy of the agreement which states your full internship registration.

Student responsibilities in the workplace

  • Maintain a professional demeanor and attitude at all times as you are a representative of Metropolitan State University and the College of Sciences.
  • Abide by all organization rules, regulations and policies.
  • Maintain confidentiality of organization, company and/or client information.
  • Set a work schedule and keep the work schedule.  Inform your site supervisor in a timely and professional manner if you must miss work.
  • Keep the faculty internship evaluator informed of any change in work status or job duties / responsibilities.
  • Complete a Student Evaluation of Internship at the end of the internship.
  • Write and send a letter of appreciation to the site supervisor.