Internships

An internship is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in statistical practice. Students benefit by applying what they have learned, learning what real-world statistical careers might be like, and gaining work experience to highlight their resume. Our internship sites currently span across private industry, nonprofit agencies, entrepreneurial companies, and public service organizations. Internships are offered throughout the academic year, but most occur during the summer months. Internships during the year are part-time (roughly 10 hours a week), while internships during the summer can be full-time or part-time. 

Finding an Internship

In order to qualify for an internship, students must have junior standing as either a statistics major or minor. There are multiple avenues students can take to locate a statistics internship that is the right fit for them. 

  • Contact Barbara Kuzmak at internships@stat.umn.edu to discuss your background and your interest in an internship.
  • Monitor our site, which contains a list of approved internship postings
  • Contact the Career Center to discuss career-related services and opportunities
  • Enroll and search for internships on GoldPASS

Application Process

When applying for internships, provide a resume and cover letter for each position. In addition, be prepared to interview if contacted by an employer. CLA Career Services offers resources for resume and cover letter writing, as well as practice interviews. We also have compiled a list of internship resources that may be of interest. 

Funding

Internships can be paid or unpaid. If you secure an unpaid internship and are enrolled in CLA as either a statistics major or minor, you are eligible for a $2,000 scholarship for your internship. 

Mentoring Follow-Up

Before students start their internships, they will receive training on professional conduct. Students will be asked to complete a learning contract with their supervisor, outlining goals and objectives within the context of the internship. Upon completion of the internship, students will be asked to complete a brief survey. 

Academic Credit

You may earn 1 credit in statistics per semester by taking ID3896 concurrently with your internship. You may earn up to 2 credits in statistics for two different internships in different semesters. You may also receive up to 2 credits for a single internship that extends over two entire semesters. To receive statistical credit, internship responsibilities must include a statistical component such as data analysis and be approved by Barbara Kuzmak at internships@stat.umn.edu. If your internship is not approved, you may still earn 1 credit, but not 1 credit in statistics. No credit will be given for internships without concurrently enrolling in ID3896.