Physics Department Internship Program

 

The purpose of the Internship Program is to provide UNF Physics students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in certain aspects of physics (scientific research, engineering research and development, laboratory work, scientific and/or engineering related problem-solving, scientific and/or engineering related computer programming, medical physics work, environmental physics work, astrophysics related work, other physics related work, etc.) for academic credit.

 

Procedural Information

  • It is the student’s responsibility to secure an internship position, but all positions must be approved by the Chair of the Physics Department.
  • Internships must be paid positions with the rate of pay negotiated between the host institution and the individual student.
  • Internships must comply with federal regulations governing internships, which are listed at the following on the US Department of Labor website. This is a component of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Intern supervisors will be asked to complete an intern evaluation form to aid in assessing student performance.
  • Interns will be asked to complete an internship evaluation form that assesses the quality of the internship experience. 

Academic Information

  • The student must register for Physics Internship (PHY 4940) each semester that they are employed in an internship position in order to obtain academic credit. Permission of the Physics department chair is required for course registration.
  • Students are eligible to participate in the Internship Program if they are Physics majors in their Junior or Senior year with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. These requirements may be waived by the department chair in certain circumstances.
  • PHY 4940 may be repeated for up to 12 credit hours and are considered free electives in the physics major.
  • Each credit hour represents approximately 4 hours of internship activity per week throughout the semester.
  • Students are required to complete a written assignment that demonstrates that the internship was a reflective learning activity related to their physics major.