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Graduate Protocol


An essential component of the professional master of science and technology degree is the completion of an internship in a company, business, non-profit organization or governmental agency. This experience engages students in real-world situations involving problem-solving, teamwork, communication skills, and decision-making.


  1. Involve students in a meaningful work experience with both a science and business component.
  2. Provide an understanding of the climate and culture of businesses or organizations as well as business economics, current and emerging technologies, and organizational structures.
  3. Engage students in the issues, techniques and current practices of particular industry sectors.


The internship will normally be completed in 12-16 weeks. However, in some cases, companies may want interns for a longer period of time (i.e., 6 months to a year), which is also feasible. The number of hours per week may range from 10 to 40. Details of the internship, including timeframe and hours per week, will be outlined in the student’s proposal.


To begin an internship to fulfill the PMST Program MST 6975, Internship, course requirement, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete at least 15 credits of required coursework, including MST 6010 (Effective Communication for Scientists), MST 6011 (Sustainable Business Practices for Scientists), MST 6012 (Accounting and Finance for Scientists) MST 6020 (Leadership and Management for Scientists), MST 6021 (Strategic Planning and Marketing for Scientists), MST 6022 (Production and Operations Management for Scientists) MST 6500 (Scientific Reasoning) and six additional credits within the student’s science track. (You do not have to have completed this course work by the time you submit the internship proposal.)
  • Submit the written proposal to the PMST program director, the internship supervisor, and the student’s supervisory committee.
  • Present the proposal to the PMST program director and the supervisory committee.
  • Obtain signatures of approval from the internship supervisor, supervisory committee chair, and PMST program director

For more information about the internship, please refer to the industry fact sheet.