Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Internship Project (STEM IP)
The value and
importance of summer internships for students cannot be overstated. It is an opportunity for them to get experience
in a laboratory or field setting that is virtually impossible to obtain in the
classroom. It allows students to work
alongside a professional in their field of interest and be part of a team that
is working on an interesting project.
Most of these projects have a very specific goal in mind—one that
hopefully can be completed in a summer’s work.
In addition to intense learning in their field of interest, it is an
opportunity for students to work in a collaborative environment, present their
results and feel the respect of their peers.
It is a tremendous confidence builder for these students when they
realize that they can work with respected scientists and feel like they are
making an important contribution.
The Hartnell College STEM
Internship Project is an eleven month long research project, beginning in
October and concluding in September of the following year. The application period and
phases of the project are described below. The project will serve up to
24 students, each of whom must have declared a STEM
major, have earned a 3.0 GPA at Hartnell (or in high school if they are a first
year student), and be a US citizen or legal permanent resident in order to
qualify for participation in the project. Students may either be
considered as First Year Participants (no previous STEM
internships) or Second Year Participants (one previous STEM internship) but are not eligible if
they have had more than one STEM
internship. For evaluation purposes, the academic performance and
subsequent course selections of students participating in the project will be
compared to those of nonparticipants. Students apply for acceptance into
the project and receive a stipend for their participation. This is
serving as a pilot project for a unit bearing Hartnell STEM
Career Preparation Project currently planned for launch in the 2009 – 2010
Research project goal
Every participant will apply for scholarships
and STEM related
internships. Those who earn internships will complete internship project
plans in spring 2009, carry out those plans in summer 2009, and present them at
a research symposium in fall 2009.
Timeline of events
participation in STEM IP by
application deadline (Oct 10).
faculty referrals (Oct 13 – 17).
applications & select candidates for interviews (Oct 20 – 24).
out candidate interviews & make final cohort selection (Oct 27 – 31).
complete resumes, educational plans, the Hartnell scholarship application
and essays about their background & career goals.
complete internship applications, participate in technical skills training
sessions and prepare for internship activities.
carry out internships while participating in an online internship
present their work at the Hartnell STEM
Intern Research Symposium.
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