Internship

The internship course was added as a departmental requirement to all degree programs starting with the 1996 cohort. It is intended to introduce the students to the work environment to enable them to gain some practical experience regarding their areas of specialization. Given the nature of the course, it has been decided that a common way (at the College level) of conducting it should be followed to provide better opportunities for our students and to avoid duplication of efforts by the various Departments of the College.
This document contains all relevant information on the internship program offered by the College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences. This document is intended to be used by the student (interns), departmental internship co-coordinator and supervisor in the host organization.


The internship course was added as a departmental requirement to all degree programs starting with the 1996 cohort. It is intended to introduce the students to the work environment to enable them to gain some practical experience regarding their areas of specialization. Given the nature of the course, it has been decided that a common way (at the College level) of conducting it should be followed to provide better opportunities for our students and to avoid duplication of efforts by the various Departments of the College.



 

1.  Course Objectives :

  • To acquire technical knowledge and work experience in a practical situation related to agriculture, marine sciences and fisheries, or food sciences and nutrition.
  • To apply or appreciate the theoretical knowledge gained in the university to practical situations in commercial, research or government sectors.




2.  Course Description : 

This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to receive practical work experience in government and private sectors in Oman and other countries. The training may be in research or working under the supervision of qualified experienced personnel in various sectors in agriculture and fisheries.

 



3.  Grading Scheme :

A      Exceptional performance

B      Very good performance

C      Satisfactory performance

 D      Minimally acceptable performance

 F      Unacceptable performance


 

 

4.  Grading Procedure :

Assessment by the Supervisor (host organization)                                              50% of the final grade
Student's Oral Presentation                                                                                 25% of the final grade
Student's Report                                                                                                  25 % of the final grade



 


5.  Special Conditions :

  • Student must have completed a minimum of 70% of the credit hours required for graduation in their respective degree programs to qualify for the internship program.
  • Students should maintain a daily record activities and accomplishments for a minimum of 300 working hours.
  • The internship program cannot be undertaken at any facility at SQU.
  • The top student with a minimum GPA 2.5 from each major will go for overseas internship. 



 

 


 


 

 INTERNSHIP GUIDELINES


1.  For the Students:

  1. After completing 70% of the credit hours required for graduation, the student should talk to the Department’s Internship Coordinator to inform him/her of the following:
  2. Once arrangements are finalized, the student should receive the internship handbook from his/her departmental internship coordinator and make sure that the required forms are completed. 
  3. Report to place of internship and present the internship handbook to the assigned supervisor.
  4. Maintain a weekly record during internship program by completing the appropriate form in the internship handbook.
  5. After the completion of the internship program the student should report back to the internship coordinator.
  6. Register for the course and submit the internship report along with the internship record.


2.  For the Department Internship Coordinator

  1. Circulate notices at appropriate time for interested students to indicate their choices of location.
  2. Give each student the internship handbook and complete the necessary form with signatures indicated therein. 
  3. Advise students on date and location of reporting for commencement of internship.
  4. Arrange for any special needs (transport, accommodation, etc.) for the student in conjunction with the ADTCS Office.
  5. Conduct unannounced on-site visits during the internship program if required.
  6. Grade the reports submitted by the students.
  7. Assign a final grade based on the mark obtained on the report as well as supervisor (host organization) evaluation of the student.


3.  For the Supervisor in the Host Organization

  1. Receive the student and discuss with him/her the details of the internship program.
  2. Sign the internship program application.
  3. Supervise the student during the course of the internship and submit the confidential evaluation form (INT-F3) to the Assistant Dean for Training and Community Service, College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences (please keep a copy for your records).

 


Report Format


A report of student’s internship activities is required before a final grade is given. The following format is a guideline to use when preparing the report.


 

1.  Introduction 

  • Description of host organization
    (name, location, activities, products, facilities)
  • Your place and duties in the organization
    (specific tasks objectives, typical daily works)


2.  Procedures 

  • Description of activities 
  • Diagrams, flowcharts, photos, etc.
  • Links between theory and practice
  • Experience or techniques that you acquired 



3.  Results

  • Your work outcomes / results 
  • Diagrams, flowcharts, photos, etc.



4.  Evaluation of works experience

  • Problems faced and solutions found
  • Evaluation of your host organization as a place of work



5.  Conclusion 

  • Summary of the main outcomes
  • Suggestions for improvements  



6.  References

  • Textbooks, scientific papers, reports, websites