The BS in Safety, Health, and Environmental (SHE) Applied Sciences
requires all students to complete an internship course during their last
semester. The internship course ranges from 6 to 12 credits and can be
either paid or unpaid for the student. The
internship course provides the student an opportunity to apply what
they have learned in the classroom and to receive mentoring from
experienced safety, health, and environmental professionals.
Safety Sciences student Logan Hewitt talks about his internship experience with Hensel Phelps and what a strong safety culture means to him and the construction industry.
Please Note: A signed internship agreement must be on file for all sites participating in our internship program, both part-time and full-time. A student can verify a prospective employer has a current agreement with IUP via the IUP wiki web page. After logging in to the IUP system with your credentials, click on PDFs of Currently Active Agreements to confirm the employer has an active field experience
agreement with IUP. If there is no active agreement, please contact the department at Johnson Hall, Room 117 or 724-357-3017.
To help ensure the internship site provides the appropriate learning experience for the student, the Safety Sciences Department has developed the following criteria for all sites participating in our internship program:
The part-time internship (six credits) is at work sites within a 100-mile radius of the IUP campus. This internship program is offered during the spring and fall terms only. It is not a paid internship. The interns (usually in pairs) make up to four sets
of visits, twice a week, to a variety of industrial-institutional sites to carry out in-depth assignments made by the Safety Sciences faculty.
The full-time internship (12 credits) is a 12-week, 40-hour-per-week assignment, and the intern is usually paid by the employer. This internship program is offered spring, summer, and fall terms.
The Safety Sciences Department does not select students for paid internship sites. Therefore, the department strongly encourages internship sites to interview and screen prospective interns as they would any full-time employee. It is also important for
the internship site to recognize that interns are students and cannot be expected to function as a seasoned SHE professional. Keep this fact in mind when evaluating the intern’s performance and internship reports.