Instructions for Honors Internship
1. Choose and meet with a supervising professor
The student is responsible for selecting the professor who will supervise the Honors Internship. The professor’s/individual research specialties should be connected to the student’s area of interest and potential Honors Thesis topic. It is advisable to choose a person for whom the student has performed successfully in more than one course. The student should have a specific topic in mind before conferring with the professor. Since the Honors Internship is basically an independent study, the student will need to convince the potential supervising professor that he/she understands the major field and has done sufficient preliminary research on the topic. Please furnish your supervisor with the Faculty Information Sheet (yellow insert).
NOTE: The person who serves as the internship supervisor also assigns the letter grade to the project.
2. Investigate Honors 410, Honors 313, and Additional Support
Honors 410 – The Honors Internship enables you to work independently with a professor for academic credit. An Honors Internship can be a medium for doing research that helps clarify the direction and content of your Honors Thesis. As with the thesis, you need to arrange the terms of an internship directly with a professor. It is recommended that the internship be taken one or two semesters prior to writing the thesis. The Honors Internship should be preceded by an explicit and fairly detailed contract between the student and advisor. The contract should explain the goals of the internship, the methodology to be followed, and should include a detailed plan of study.
Honors 313 – Research and Writing is another option to help you write your Honors Thesis. Ideally, students enroll in Honors 313 the semester before they actually enroll in Honors 400. This class is a rigorous seminar restricted to 12 students. Honors 313 is designed to help the student focus his/her research problem, prepare a coherent proposal, and begin drafting the thesis itself. The course operates as a workshop that uses student proposals and drafts to discuss effective research approaches and thesis writing. The instructor in Honors 313 is a technical advisor whose goal is to help students articulate research problems, clarify thesis directions, and communicate research results in effective written form.
NOTE: Honors 313 does not count toward general education or Honors certification credit.
Additional Support can be obtained through an individual consultation with a reference librarian. You should contact the New Library reference desk (646-5292) to discuss how a reference librarian can assist you in locating and accessing information pertinent to your research. This consultation is also highly encouraged in Honors 313.
click here to download the application for HON 410.