Internships outside of GSU are an excellent way to gain experience in a career path that interests you. While research in an academic lab at GSU is beneficial for almost any potential career, you may find that experience outside of Neuroscience Institute research labs can help you gain skills and knowledge tailored towards your specific career goals. Internships provide a unique opportunity to “test” jobs you may like to have in the future & gain the professional skills you will need to secure them after graduation!
Neuroscience majors have engaged in internships in labs outside of GSU, hospitals, clinics, and biotechnology startups. Could an internship experience like this be right for you?
The Neuroscience Major Internship Program is designed to help neuroscience majors find the internship that best fits their goals and apply to earn course credit and a grade based on their internship experiences. Neuroscience majors can earn up to five credit hours towards their “neuroscience-related electives” requirement through NEUR 4920 - Internship in Neuroscience or NEUR 4930 - Internship in Science Education.
The Neuroscience Major Internship Program Requirement Guide provides full details on the Neuroscience Major Internship Program. Please read through this document carefully as you consider engaging in an internship.
For an experience to be counted as an internship it needs to:
- Foster neuroscience career-related skill development. This means working with patients, data, or techniques that strengthen your scientific skillset (not just clerical work).
- Be overseen consistently by one person who will serve as your site supervisor.
- Involve you working consistent hours, weekly, for the full semester.
- Undergraduate research here at GSU is not part of the Neuroscience Major Internship Program. Rather, you should look for such opportunities here.
- Clinical shadowing is not part of the Neuroscience Major internship Program. You will need to be engaged in your own work rather than observing the work of others in order to meet the Neuroscience Major Internship Program requirements.
- Internships may be formal programs to which you apply or positions within organizations in which you volunteer. In addition, you can help form an internship in an organization that hasn’t had an intern before!
- Your best resource is yourself! Search areas of interest to you or leverage your professional networks to find (or make) opportunities with organizations that will give you the kinds of experience you want.
- The Internship Coordinator maintains a list of formal internships you can explore and to which you can apply. Just email Dr. Tracey ([email protected]).
After reviewing the Neuroscience Major Internship Program Requirement Guide you can fill out the Neuroscience Major Internship Program Approval Form to request that your proposed internship is evaluated for approval of course credit.
- Review the Neuroscience Major Internship Program Requirement Guide
- Identify an organization (site) and supervisor willing to host you as an intern for the semester.
- Discuss your responsibilities and time commitment with your Site Supervisor, keeping in mind the requirements.
- Discuss the internship with the Internship Program Coordinator, Dr. Erica Tracey ([email protected]) and complete the Neuroscience Major Internship Approval Form
- You will receive an email when the internship is approved for credit. After you receive the approval email, you must:
- Submission of 5a & 5b will start the enrollment process. You will receive details about enrollment & a copy of the syllabus before the semester begins.
If you need help finding an internship or have other questions, contact the Neuroscience Major Internship Program Coordinator, Dr. Erica Tracey ([email protected]).
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