BMSM 8400 Internship in the Biomedical Sector
Dana G. Mordue, Ph.D.
The internship is applicable for students who have a strong interest in gaining experience and practical skills in the biomedical industry, or in the health or not-for-profit sectors related to biomedical science. A defined internship project is carried out in a program-approved professional company or organization and can be composed of several components including the discovery, development, management, and commercialization of medical products. The intern will comply with all guidelines, policies, procedures and training required by the hosting company or organization. Following the internship, the student will prepare a written “capstone“ report and presentation on the assigned internship project that will be assessed by the hosting company/organization and departmental faculty.
Prerequisites: Limited to Professional Science Master’s students
Full/part time equivalent to 10-12 wk. study. Pass/Fail
Internship Guidelines and Overview
The internship is applicable for students who have a strong interest in gaining experience and practical skills in biomedical industry, or in the health or not-for-profit sectors related to biomedical science. The internship provides students with a structured experience in a company or organization whereby they can apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom and extend them to a professional work environment.
All PSM students will register and complete the three-credit, honors/pass/fail internship experience. In general, fulfillment of the course requirement should begin when the student has completed between 16 and 30 credits, and the student has obtained the approval of their academic advisor. The internship experience should be at least the equivalent of two months of full-time work. The internship can be done either in one semester or spread out over three semesters but must be completed within one year of registering for the internship. Students will keep a log of hours spent at the internship site. At the end of the internship, the student will prepare a written "capstone" report and presentation on the assigned internship project that will be assessed by the hosting company/organization and departmental advisers. Students will not be approved to graduate until all documentation for the internship is completed and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School and the Student’s Academic Advisor.
Types of Internship
The internship experience can take many forms, all under appropriate supervision at the internship site and by school faculty. A defined internship project is carried out in a program-approved professional company or organization and can be composed of several components including the discovery, development, management, and commercialization of medical products. During the internship the student can be integrated into professional teams in existing projects as well as work on new projects. The intern will comply with all guidelines, policies, procedures and training required by the hosting company or organization.
If a student fulfills the internship requirement at his/her place of employment, the site supervisor cannot be the student’s immediate work supervisor and student needs to go “above and beyond his/her normal work duties”. The Site Supervisor should have a minimum of a Master of Science degree or a master’s degree in a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. The Site Supervisor meets with the student on a regularly scheduled basis to provide guidance. The student and his/her Academic Advisor and the Site Supervisor will determine the place, scope, and duration of the internship (Internship Agreement). Students are required to submit an Internship Application to his/her Academic Advisor before they initiate their internship. The Academic Advisor and the Site Supervisor will need to sign the Internship Agreement form.
As an alternative, students may, with permission of their Academic Advisor, enroll in a 3-credit (minimum 2 months) research experience in a NYMC laboratory. The Internship Guidelines will be utilized for both the internship in-house research experience.
Student’s Academic Advisor
The Internship Application
The Internship Application sets forth the proposed scope of the internship experience, including the objectives to be achieved by the student, specific learning competencies that will be attained, the proposed activities, and the timeline for deliverables. In preparing the Internship Application, student should work with their Site Supervisor, the PSM Director to ensure common understanding of the objectives and proposed activities of the internship.
The Internship Report
The Internship Report summarizes the internship project. If the company allows the student to disclose the project details, then the Internship Report will describe the project, objectives, methods, results and the implications of the work. If the company does not allow the details of the project to be presented than the student will do a literature review, in the general area of the internship project. All students will give an oral presentation (Powerpoint) to a committee including their academic advisor, PSM Director and their departmental faculty and students.
Click for the Biomedical Internship Application.