Internship for Academic Credit

BME graduate students may earn up to (3) three graded credits towards the M.S. degree through internship engagement. The student is responsible for the cost per credit, charged as regular tuition.

Student Internship Report

Students registered for BMEN E4999 Fieldwork must submit a written report, elaborating on the internship experience, projects, and their relevance to degree program. Reports should be submitted to the course instructor by the corresponding deadlines.

  1. Structure your report with: page numbers, executive summary, introduction, body paragraphs talking about points (2 through 5 below), and a conclusion. 
  2. Explain your projects and responsibilities clearly. If your internship was quantitative, please explain the concepts and clarify using equations or technical appendix. Clearly explain concepts, equations, symbols, abbreviations clearly. Pretend that the audience reading your report has no knowledge of your work. 
  3. Explain a typical day of this internship. Did you have routines, meetings, reports?
  4. Explain how your work fits within the organization? How did your work contribute to the business of the organization? Who did you work with? 
  5. Discuss how this internship contributes to your career goals and coursework at Columbia. 
  6. Use your own words. Do not copy content from the company website or the Internet; this constitutes as plagiarism.

In order to commence, the student must adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. The student must submit a Fieldwork Request Form in order to be approved for BMEN E4999: Fieldwork. You will need to submit an official written offer letter from the employer stating the terms of employment through the request form.
  2. Employment may not exceed 20 hours per week during the academic year.
  3. Students enrolled in Fieldwork during their last term must registered for a minimum of 3 credits of on-campus coursework.
  4. Adhere to the following schedule and deadline
Semester Number of Credits Term Duration Minimum Hours of Work (Total) Deadline to Apply
Fall  1 Half or Full Term 100 November 1
Fall  1.5 Half or Full Term 150 October 15
Spring  1 Half or Full Term 100 March 15
Spring  1.5 Half or Full Term 150 March 1
Summer  1, 1.5, or 2 Half or Full Term 100-200 July 15

This schedule also pertains to F-1 students requesting Practical Training during the academic terms.  J-1 students may submit their application for Fieldwork if they wish to obtain academic credits after obtaining approval from the J-1 Sponsor and ISSO.  Please refer to SSOL for work eligibility: F-1 Students | J-1 Students

In order to earn a grade for the internship performed, the Department requires:

  1. The employer must submit a BME Supervisor Internship Evaluation Report, stating your responsibilities, performance, time frame, and number of hours worked.
  1. The student must submit a Student Internship Report, elaborating on the experience, projects, and relevance to degree program.

The letter and report must be received by the BME office by the following deadlines (failure to comply may result in incomplete or failure in the course):

Semester Maximum Number of Credits Deadline to Submit Letter and Report
Fall 1.5 Last day of class in December
Spring 1.5 Last day of class in May
Summer 2 Second week of August