Internship Log & Report

Internship Log

The log is a professional record of your internship experience. It will vary in format depending on the internship, and on the requirements of your mentor. The frequency of updating your log may be daily or biweekly (depending on your mentor recommendations); however, a summary of each week’s work is mandatory. The log will be dated and carefully maintained to the specifications of your internship mentor. If you are participating in a research project, you will keep precise notes of your experimental procedures; if your internship involves a design project, computer analysis, library research, or data collection and analysis, you will record your work and maintain your log as determined by the progression of the project, under the supervision of your mentor. The purpose of the log is to show that you are able to carefully record your work in a written format, so that it is reproducible by others. Your graduate committee will review your log, and it will contribute to your final internship grade. If a signed confidentiality agreement is required for your internship, your mentor will contact your graduate committee to verify that you maintained an adequate log.

Please send your log to your committee at least once (probably at the half way time point) to get feedback from your committee. You are encouraged to check in with your committee members often during your internship.

Each log entry should be long enough to sufficiently summarize the activities for the day or week (typically 2-3 pages, single-spaced). Be concise, neat and thorough and follow the log format dictated by the specifics of the internship.

Internship Report

This report will be based on the experience obtained through the internship. The objectives of the report are to show that: 1) students can communicate effectively by writing, 2) students can integrate the internship experience with both the science and professional course work, and 3) students gained valuable workplace experience.

Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).  Please note that if the internship work is confidential and will require a non-disclosure agreement, please ensure that the paperwork is submitted in a timely fashion to the SMB Academic Coordinator at for correct processing.

Guidelines for the Internship Report:

The maximum length of the internship report should not be more than 10 single-spaced pages, including figures and tables. The height of the letters must be no smaller than 10 point; must be no more than 15 characters per inch (cpi); Helvetica or Arial 12-point are suggested fonts. References are not included in the page limitations.

The format for the report should be according to the following guidelines:

  • Abstract–Briefly (250 words), what is the overall hypothesis, aim or information that is to be tested or gained from the internship?
  • Introduction with background and significance of the proposed internship, why is the work important?
  • Design and Methods of completing the Internship
  • Results
  • Conclusions and Future Directions.
  • Personal Internship Experience. The student will also report on his/her personal internship experience and will include a rating on: a) the internship environment, b) the internship experience, c) internship challenges and opportunities and d) relevancy to his/her PSM course work.
  • It is highly recommended that students submit a draft of the final internship report to the Graduate Committee members at least 15 working days before the scheduled date of the final examination.

At least 10 working days before the final examination students must submit the final copy of the Internship Report, copies of the completed Internship Proposal, and Internship Log to the committee members.

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