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Occupational Safety Internship Guidelines

  1. PURPOSE: The purpose of an internship is to provide students an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field by receiving actual on-the-j ob responsibilities from an experienced professional in the field of occupational safety & health.
  1. SCHEDULING: the department, student, or employer can initiate the internship as the opportunity arises. Generally, the internship will occur during the summer months after the student has gained at least 60 hours of college credit which must include at least 15 hours of occupational safety credit. The internship can be scheduled for fall or spring semester as the need arises. Co-op students will be able to make arrangements for Work/school throughout the academic year by rotating their Work schedule and university coursework.
  1. ACADEMIC CREDIT: The nature of the internship, length of time, and other factors will determine the actual academic credit earned during the internship. Academic credit will range from 3 – 6 hours. The student must enroll in Internship (SFTY-4600 or SFTY-5323) before beginning work and must be enrolled in before the final day to add a class for the entire semester. The student must work 15 hours per week for a volunteer internship and at least 20 hours per week for a paid internship. The Internship must be successfully completed (per company verification) before academic credit will be given.
  1. REQUIREMENTS: The department chairman must approve the internship before any academic credit can be accumulated. A written agreement from the employer (including financial compensation to the student), detailed job description, and supervisor qualifications must be forwarded to the department chairman as soon as possible before the internship is to begin. An SE Department of Occupational Safety liability wavier must be picked up and signed by the potential intern before the internship begins. The intern must email a weekly progress report to the department chairman as part of the internship academic requirement. The progress report must be at least one page and detail the intern’s job responsibilities day-by-day for the preceding week. The progress report is due by 5PM Friday of the Workweek
  1. APPLICATION: Students interested in an internship should begin research early for an acceptable employer and should submit a letter of interest and resume’ to allow the employer to begin consideration as soon as possible prior to the academic term in which the internship is to commence. All materials, including the liability wavier, must be submitted to the department chair for approval before the internship occurrences (if seeking academic credit).
  1. QUESTIONS: All internship questions fun either the potential employer or safety student should be directed to the Dr. Wayne D. Jones, Occupational Safety Department Chair: 1405 North 4″‘ Avenue, PMB-4233, Durant, OK 74701 or by calling 1-580-745-2318.

NEITHER SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY NOR THE DEPARTMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH ASSUMES ANY LIABILITY FOR STUDENTS EMPLOYED AS OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH INTERNS. A LIABILITY WAIVER MUST BE SIGNED BY THE STUDENT BEFORE THE INTERNSHIP IS TO COMMENCE.

Revised: 19 June 2014