All Ph.D. students in the Department of Statistics, Actuarial and Data Sciences are required to take either three credit hours of teaching internship, or three credit hours of non-teaching internship. All M.S. in Applied Statistics and Analytics students are required to take a three credit hours of non-teaching internship or a Plan B project.Criterion for taking the internships
The time line for internships
- For students in the Ph.D. program: After passing all required qualifying exams
- For students in the M.S. program: After one year of course work.
Teaching Internships for Ph.D. students: It is suggested students sign up for the teaching internship the semester immediately following the passing of required qualifying exams. Students can sign up for only one teaching internship course per semester. Detailed policy and procedure are given in the Internship Handbook
Non-Teaching Industrial Internships: It is suggested that industrial internships are taken during summer time between the end of the spring semester and the beginning of the fall semester for approximately 12 weeks (or equivalent to 480 hours). It is possible that a student may take the industrial internship during the regular semester, especially for those students who are holding a full-time or a part-time job. Detailed policy and procedure are given in the Internship Handbook
For Ph.D. students: If a Ph.D. student is interested in a three-hour industrial internship, s/he is advised to make the plan immediately after passing the required qualifying exams
For M.S. students: s/he is advised to begin looking for an internship before the end of the first semester of the program (which will be most likely the end of the first fall semester), in order to secure an industrial internship for the coming summer. It is possible that a student take the industrial internship during the second summer after enrolling in to the program
For international students who are interested in an industrial internship: In addition to the required forms for domestic students, international students are required to apply for Curricular Practical Training(CPT) through the Office of International Affairs.
- For M.S. in Applied Statistics and Analytics, if a student chooses to take a three credit hours of Plan B project, in place of an internship, it is suggested the student signs up for Plan B project during the last semester of the program. The student may discuss with any CMU’s graduate faculty to seek for a quantitative research project (theoretical or applied).
The following Handbook and forms provide details about how and when to apply for internships as well as the departmental and university policies for taking internships at CMU. Students are required to carefully read the Handbook and follow the process to complete the internship credit requirements.