Mathematics majors who have been offered an internship may receive credit as MATH 185, with the approval of the department chair. The internship must be training for a position in which a college degree would be necessary for full-time employment and in which a major in mathematics is considered beneficial.
The number of semester hours depends on the type of work and on the number of hours worked, and will be determined by the department chair. Generally, students can expect to receive one semester hour per 28 hours worked. At the end of the semester, students will write and present a paper on the role of mathematics in the internship position. Students will be expected to keep a journal on their experience and to meet with a faculty mentor assigned to the course a minimum of three times to review journal and paper preparations. Final grades will include both on-site and academic work. An on-site evaluation of ‘poor’ will result in a final grade no higher than ‘C’. May be repeated for credit up to 6 semester hours. Prerequistes: MATH 73, and students must be mathematics majors with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Students may research and find internships through the Hofstra Career Center or with the assistance of the Office of Off-Campus Education (OCE). OCE provides support and leads on how to obtain an internship that fulfills HCLAS degree requirements. Students who have secured an internship designate a faculty sponsor, who advises the student on requirements and procedures to ensure the opportunity fulfills credit requirements. For more information on the Hofstra Career Center, call (516) 464-6060 or visit hofstra.edu/careers. For more information on OCE call Rene M. Giminiani-Caputo at (516) 463-5823 or via email.
Some online resources on internships:
- Internship and Career Information in Industry, Research Institutions, and Government Labs - This site lists internships and other career information for corporations as well as government and non-profit institution.
Maintained by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
- Internship and Co-op Opportunities for Undergraduates - Another site listing corporate and government internships.
Maintained by the American Mathematical Society
- Internship Opportunities - This site lists internships related to statistics.
Maintained by the American Statistical Association
- Actuarial Training Programs - This site lists internships and other training programs for those interested in becoming actuaries.
Maintained by the Society of Actuaries