Materials Characterization Lab Internship

Industry Internship

Materials Characterization Lab Internship Applications
Application Deadlines*
Semester Due Date
Fall March 15
Spring October 15
Summer March 15
*Deadline is based on the semester students register for the internship.
Technical Report & Student Evaluation Due Dates*
Semester Due Date
Fall December 1
Spring April 15
Summer July 25
Late Technical Report Policy Technical Reports will be accepted up until the last day of finals for the semester, but will be penalized by a grade drop. For Technical Reports turned in after the posted deadline (see deadlines above), the highest grade a student can receive on the report is a B, if turned in within one week after the deadline. For any papers turned in past the one week extension, the highest grade a student can receive on the report is a C. Absolutely no Technical Reports will be accepted after the last day of finals. *Deadline is based on the semester students register for the internship.
Evaluations
  • Student Evaluation
  • Employer Evaluation – The MSE Academic Advisor will directly send the online employer evaluation to the student’s internship supervisor.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Materials Characterization Lab Internship?
The Materials Characterization Lab (MCL) internship is a two semester, unpaid experience, with a fixable schedule. Interns are required to work 5-10 hours per week. All attendance will take place during the hours of 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. This internship is open to current undergraduate students, and may be used towards a Section 3 Technical Elective requirement. Position Description: The Materials Intern will have the opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience by learning first-hand about the fundamental principles, operation, and maintenance of: optical microscopes, SEM, SEM-EDS, FTIR and UV-Vis-NIR Spectrometers, XRD, DSC, Dilatometry, Instron mechanical testing, surface area and pore size analysis, as well as sample preparation techniques that include cross-sectioning, grinding, polishing, and sputtering. Root cause analysis and multiple problem solving techniques will be discussed. Numerous practical examples will demonstrate issues produced by improper processes and materials selection. General Responsibilities (to include, but not limited to):
  • Respond to standard lab inquiries via email and phone
  • Assist with day-to-day administrative tasks and website updates
  • Lab organization and maintenance
  • Help at any upcoming events and serves as representative of MCL during lab tours and other community, regional, and partner outreach and education events
  • Prepare materials for project reports and presentations
  • Other tasks and responsibilities as assigned
Qualifications:
  • Enrollment in Department of Materials Science & Engineering, College of Engineering, or College of Science
  • Individual should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and must be organized, flexible, and detail oriented
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively on various projects simultaneously
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and/or Google Gmail, Docs, Sheets, and Slides
  • Ability to attend weekly meetings is required
Where can I view the course syllabus and grading rubric?
What are the benefits of this type of work?
  • Gain practical experience in chosen career field
  • Work with qualified professionals
  • Apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to actual job experiences
  • Begin building a network for future employment opportunities
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Enhance academic experience by seeing the application of theoretical information
How does registration work?
Part-time Internship: Students employed in a part-time internship, usually working a minimum of 10 hours/week, and are enrolled in the university as a full-time student (12 or more credit hours). Students must complete two semesters at a part-time internship to receive Section 3 Technical Elective credit. Students will register for MSE 5800 for 1.0 credit for the first semester and for MSE 5801 for 2.0 credits for the second semester. The Technical Report will be due at the end of the second semester. Students must receive a permission code to be able to register for MSE 5800/5801. Once a student is accepted to the MCL Internship, students must complete the Internship Registration Form to receive a permission code to register for MSE 5800/5801. The Internship Registration Form can be found here and should be sent to the MSE Academic Advisor.
What technical elective does this fulfill?
Students who complete two semesters at a part-time internship are able to fulfill a Section 3 – Technical Elective requirement. Only one Tech Elective may be cleared through an internship.
How is the internship course graded?
Students will receive a letter grade for MSE 5800 and MSE 5801. Students who fail to meet their internship requirements will fail the course(s). Student’s grades will be based on:
  • Attendance
  • Student Evaluation
  • Employer Evaluation
  • Technical Report
What is a Technical Report?
For your Technical Report, MCL interns should use client interactions (and can also draw on previous industry-based internship experiences) to describe a technical problem that they have worked on, and how they used instruments and techniques found in the MCL to address the specific problem. Students should show their comprehension for how to present, read, and analyze data. The Technical Report details the technical aspects of your internship. The Technical Report must be submitted to the Internship Program Advisor by the date indicated on the website. The report is due the second or last semester of the MCL internship. General Format
  • Typed, double-spaced
  • 12 to 15 text pages in length (i.e., exclusive of figures, graphs, etc.)
  • Spell and grammar checked; this should be a professional, college level report
The Technical Report should be comprised of 7 sections:
  1. Title Page • Your name, ID number, major, course title, semester, date papersubmitted • Company name, supervisor’s name
  2. Job Description • The original job description approved by Internship Program Advisor
  3. Learning objectives • Original learning objectives and modifications, if any, to those objectives
  4.  Abstract • Brief summary of paper • Prepare this abstract as a separate page, 100 words or less
  5.  Technical Report • Discuss in detail all technical aspects of this internship as it relates to your program of courses. Information should be sufficiently explicit and detailed for the Internship Program Advisor understand the technical aspects of your work assignments • This paper should not merely be a log of daily tasks, but should reflect research, analytical methods, and problem solving methods applied to the tasks performed, results and the impact of your results • Give examples that show the application of your education and knowledge of the work performed • Use illustration (tables, figures, drawings) that enhance the discussion of your work, being sensitive to proprietary information
  6. Conclusions • How did the projects and responsibilities relate to theory learned in theclassroom? • How will your experience help you back inclasses? • What have you discovered about the work place environment that will help you conduct a career search after graduation?
  7. Resume • Attach a current resume reflecting this most recent job experience
Formatting Technical Reports should adhere to general academic writing standards with general formatting standards (1” margins, doublespaced, Arial or Times New Roman fonts, 12 pt font). All pages should be numbered, with the page number centered in the footer, except the title page which has no page number. All papers must be submitted in a Microsoft Word document. All material drawn from other sources shall be documented using the standard citation method of either the American Chemical Society (available online at http://pubs.acs.org/isbn/9780841239999 when on campus) or IEEE (available online at http://www.ieee.org/documents/ieeecitationref.pdf ). Alternate citation methods may be used upon approval.
Can I get credit for multiple internships?
No. MSE students are only allowed to use one internship experience to fulfill a Section 3 Technical Elective requirement. Internships will only fulfill a Section 3 Technical Elective requirement and cannot be used to meet other Technical Elective requirements.
Do students need to pay for internship credit hours?
Yes. Students who wish to uses their internship experience towards a Section 3 Technical Elective requirement must pay for the credit hours associated with registering for MSE 5800 (1 credit hour) and MSE 5800 (2 credit hours). Student will be charged the standard credit hour rate and the College of Engineering differential tuition.
How do I get started?
Students should carefully read the information on the website for complete details of the internship program and requirements. Additional questions can be directed to the MSE Academic Advisor. Students must apply for the MCL internship by submitting an application by the due date indicated on the website to the MSE Academic Advisor. No late applications will be accepted.
Internship Applications
Application Deadlines*
Semester Due Date
Fall May 1
Spring November 15
Summer April 1
*Deadline is based on the semester students register for the internship.
Technical Report & Student Evaluation Due Dates*
Semester Due Date
Fall December 1
Spring April 15
Summer July 25
Late Technical Report Policy Technical Reports will be accepted up until the last day of finals for the semester, but will be penalized by a grade drop. For Technical Reports turned in after the posted deadline (see deadlines above), the highest grade a student can receive on the report is a B, if turned in within one week after the deadline. For any papers turned in past the one week extension, the highest grade a student can receive on the report is a C. Absolutely no Technical Reports will be accepted after the last day of finals. *Deadline is based on the semester students register for the internship.
Evaluations
  • Student Evaluation
  • Employer Evaluation – The MSE Academic Advisor will directly send the online employer evaluation to the student’s internship supervisor.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of industry internships qualify?
The internship must either be part-time for two semesters or full-time for one semester to qualify for credit. The internship must integrate college level academic study with work experience that strengthens and complements the education received in the department.
Where can I view the course syllabus and grading rubric?
What is the approval process for the industry internship?
All industry internship must receive prior approval by the Internship Program Advisor. Students must submit the application by the date indicated on the website to the MSE Academic Advisor. No late applications will be accepted. The Internship Program Advisor will review the internship job description to ensure the experience is relevant to the MSE major and provides students with practical skills for future employment in the field.
Where can I find an internship?
Students are responsible for finding their own internships. University of Utah students have access to a number of job and internship search databases. One database is Handshake, which is a system that matches student interests and experiences with career opportunities with more than 250,000 employers, including all Fortune 500 companies. Handshake will allow students to discover and save jobs, receive personal recommendations based on their interests, skills, major, location preferences and search history. All enrolled students will have an account, and can access these resources by clicking the icon below: Students should also take advantage of the Career & Professional Development Center on campus. Students can meet with a Career Coach, who can help in internship searches, with interviewing skills, and assist in crafting resumes and cover letters. Please visit click here for more information.
How does registration work?
Part-time Internship: Students employed in a part-time internship, usually working a minimum of 10 hours/week, and are enrolled in the university as a full-time student (12 or more credit hours). Students must complete two semesters at a part-time internship to receive Section 3 Technical Elective credit. Students will register for MSE 5800 for 1.0 credit for the first semester and for MSE 5801 for 2.0 credits for the second semester. The Technical Report will be due at the end of the second semester. Full-time Internship: Most full-time internships are completed during a Summer Semester. At a minimum, students will work full time (40-hours/week) for one semester. Students are not required to register for summer classes if they are working at a full-time internship, but must register for MSE 5800 for 3.0 credit hours during the Fall Semester following the summer full-time internship. The Technical Report will be due at the end of the Fall Semester. Students must receive a permission code to be able to register for MSE 5800/5801. Once a student internship is approved, students must complete the Internship Registration Form to receive a permission code to register for MSE 5800/5801. The Internship Registration Form can be found here and should be sent to the MSE Academic Advisor.
What technical elective does this fulfill?
Students who complete two semesters at a part-time internship are able to fulfill a Section 3 – Technical Elective requirement. Only one Tech Elective may be cleared through an internship.
How is the internship course graded?
Students will receive a letter grade for MSE 5800 and MSE 5801. Students who fail to meet their internship requirements will fail the course(s). Student’s grades will be based on:
  • Attendance
  • Student Evaluation
  • Employer Evaluation
  • Technical Report
What is a Technical Report?
The Technical Report details the technical aspects of your internship. The Technical Report must be submitted to the Internship Program Advisor by the date indicated on the website. The report is due the second or last semester of the part-time internship or in the Fall semester if a full-time summer internship was completed. General Format
  • Typed, double-spaced
  • 12 to 15 text pages in length (i.e., exclusive of figures, graphs, etc.)
  • Spell and grammar checked; this should be a professional, college level report
The Technical Report should be comprised of 7 sections:
  1. Title Page • Your name, ID number, major, course title, semester, date papersubmitted • Company name, supervisor’s name
  2. Job Description • The original job description approved by Internship Program Advisor
  3. Learning objectives • Original learning objectives and modifications, if any, to those objectives
  4.  Abstract • Brief summary of paper • Prepare this abstract as a separate page, 100 words or less
  5.  Technical Report • Discuss in detail all technical aspects of this internship as it relates to your program of courses. Information should be sufficiently explicit and detailed for the Internship Program Advisor understand the technical aspects of your work assignments • This paper should not merely be a log of daily tasks, but should reflect research, analytical methods, and problem solving methods applied to the tasks performed, results and the impact of your results • Give examples that show the application of your education and knowledge of the work performed • Use illustration (tables, figures, drawings) that enhance the discussion of your work, being sensitive to proprietary information
  6. Conclusions • How did the projects and responsibilities relate to theory learned in theclassroom? • How will your experience help you back inclasses? • What have you discovered about the work place environment that will help you conduct a career search after graduation?
  7. Resume • Attach a current resume reflecting this most recent job experience
Formatting Technical Reports should adhere to general academic writing standards with general formatting standards (1” margins, doublespaced, Arial or Times New Roman fonts, 12 pt font). All pages should be numbered, with the page number centered in the footer, except the title page which has no page number. All papers must be submitted in a Microsoft Word document. All material drawn from other sources shall be documented using the standard citation method of either the American Chemical Society (available online at http://pubs.acs.org/isbn/9780841239999 when on campus) or IEEE (available online at http://www.ieee.org/documents/ieeecitationref.pdf ). Alternate citation methods may be used upon approval.
Can I get credit for multiple internships?
No. MSE students are only allowed to use one internship experience to fulfill a Section 3 Technical Elective requirement. Internships will only fulfill a Section 3 Technical Elective requirement and cannot be used to meet other Technical Elective requirements.
Do students need to pay for internship credit hours?
Yes. Students who wish to uses their internship experience towards a Section 3 Technical Elective requirement must pay for the credit hours associated with registering for MSE 5800  and MSE 5800. Students will be charged the standard credit hour rate and the College of Engineering differential tuition for a total of 3 credit hours.
How do I get started?
Students should carefully read the information on the website for complete details of the internship program and requirements. Additional questions can be directed to the MSE Academic Advisor. All industry internship must receive prior approval by the Internship Program Advisor. Students must submit the approval application by the due date indicated on the website to the MSE Academic Advisor. No late applications will be accepted.