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2.2. Internships

As of 2019, University requirements regarding internship enrollment and reporting have changed. Students enrolling in Internship courses (DATA/MATH 293, 393, 493) must complete and submit an Internship Work Plan. The Work Plan includes a section that must be completed and signed by the supervisor at the site of the internship.

Download the Work Plan form here

The form is a fillable PDF; to complete the form, you will need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 (or later). Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free and can be downloaded from the following web site: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html

Download the file to your computer; be sure to include your name in the file name, and re-save after you fill out the form.

See Examples of Goals, Purpose, Learning Objectives and Activities for help with those sections of the Work Plan, and be sure to read all of the guidelines and policies below.

Undergraduate students may enroll in internship credit through the Math Department (DATA/MATH 293, 393, or 493) subject to the following guidelines and policies:

1. Application of internship credit

For Math or SDS majors, up to 3 units of 493 internship (MATH 493 for Math majors; DATA 493 for SDS majors) may be used toward application course requirements. If a student wishes to complete additional internship credit, the enrollment can apply towards general elective credit.

All Internship courses use alternative grading: S, P, F.

2. Enrollment requirements, procedure, deadlines

a. Requirements: Internships with significant mathematical (MATH) or statistical (DATA) content as determined by one of our designated internship coordinators may be considered for credit under the appropriate prefix. (For other internships, credit may be earned under TLS; details are available here.)

b. Procedure: 

    i. After filling out the Math Department Internship Work Plan Form (fillable PDF) and having page 4 completed by the internship site supervisor, student submits the Work Plan to mcenter@math.arizona.edu. COVID-19 update: The student must also complete and submit the Assessment of COVID-19 Workplace Risk form (submit to the Math Center with the Work Plan).

    ii. Office staff will route the form to designated internship instructors.

    iii. If approved, Academic Office staff will add the appropriate internship course to the schedule, and then add the student to the course.

    iv. The approval/enrollment process may take up to 2 weeks. Please plan ahead. 

c. Deadlines: Students needing to be enrolled by the first day of classes for financial aid purposes will need to submit their completed Internship Work Plan at least 2 weeks before the start of term. Internship units will generally not be added after the deadline to drop with a W.

3. Determining the level of an individual studies course: 

100 level internship credit is not available through the Math Department.

Students should select: 

The internship instructor will contact the student if there are questions regarding the appropriate level of the internship course in the Work Plan form.

4. Student intern responsibilities

Students are responsible for securing their own internship offer. Handshake is a recommended resource. 

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the request for credit has been submitted (with all appropriate signatures), approved, and that they have been enrolled in the correct course/units.

It is also the responsibility of the student to ensure that the internship instructor receives the final product in consultation with the internship instructor, but no later than the last day of exams for the term.

For unpaid internships, students should be aware of the U.S. Department of Labor’s seven factor primary beneficiary test related to unpaid internships (these factors are used to determine whether or not an intern is really an employee, and therefore entitled to minimum wage and overtime under FLSA). The guidelines updated as of January 2018 are available at: https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.htm 

For internships abroad, students should contact the consulate of the host country regarding applicable employment law and visa requirements. 

International students may be required to apply for and receive work authorization approval from International Student Services (ISS) before participating in an internship. More information can be found on the ISS website under F-1 Student Employment or J-1 Academic Training pages at https://global.arizona.edu/iss 

5. Site/company responsibilities

Paid internships: Employers are expected to follow all relevant federal, state, and local employment laws when students are hired as employees for paid internships. 

6. Additional UA policies

Students are expected to understand and comply with the university guidelines and policies for internship enrollment at https://registrar.arizona.edu/sites/registrar.arizona.edu/files/forms/Internship%20Policies-Guidelines%205-6-19.pdf 

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