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Internship, Independent Study and Undergraduate Research Information: Allied Health Sciences major

This site contains Internship, Independent Study, and Undergraduate Research information and procedures specific to the Department of Allied Health Sciences. Students should also consult with an advisor in the Center for Career Development for general information and links to other resources for extracurricular experiences.

The Department of Allied Health Sciences strongly suggests that students engage in extracurricular experiences while an undergraduate Allied Health Sciences student to enhance their graduate admission preparation. In fact, some graduate programs (e.g. Medical School, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy) expect (and in some instances require documentation) that an applicant has experience (e.g. direct patient contact and/or research) in their profession.

Additionally, graduate health programs look for applicants who bring a varied background both personally and academically. They want to “see” evidence that a student went beyond taking academic coursework to prepare for graduate education. Engaging in extracurricular experiences demonstrates to graduate admissions committees that an applicant is independent, self-motivated, able to work as a team member, has leadership skills, communication skills, time management skills, etc; qualities that a health professional should possess.

The Department of Allied Health Sciences offers opportunities for students to engage in extracurricular experiences; Independent Study, Internship, and/or Research. These experience-based "courses" are only open to students in the Department of Allied Health Sciences.

Please note the following IMPORTANT Student information:

An Independent Study, Internship, or Undergraduate Research is not to be engaged in lightly. Students are expected to be independent, self-motivated, autonomous and unconventional in their approach to their learning. Therefore, the department expects a student to take the lead in seeking and gaining approval for such opportunities. Students are also responsible to make inquiries to ascertain whether an employer or faculty member is willing and able to participate in extracurricular experiences.

  • Students are expected to begin the process at least one academic semester before the intent to participate as the approval process may be lengthy. Independent Study, Internship and/or Undergraduate Research approval will not be given once an academic semester has begun nor will it be awarded retroactively.
  • Students are expected to read and be familiar with the Guidebooks for the experience they seek to participate in prior to engaging a faculty member in this process.
  • AHS faculty are not responsible to identify and/or ensure an extracurricular experience.
  • Students should consult with their faculty advisor regarding the feasibility, purpose and approval prior to finalization of the experience.
  • Students cannot register for these experience-based courses until all approvals have been obtained.
  • Students engaging in extracurricular experiences may be required to adhere to employee requirements (e.g. criminal background checks, drug testing, etc.) and/or Research facility requiements (e.g. OIR training) as part of participation in the experience. Students will be required to adhere to all policies as indicated by the sponsoring company or organization and pay all associated fees.
  • Independent Study, Internship and/or Undergraduate Research participation is NOT required for graduation from the Allied Health Sciences major.
  • Students may use up to 6 credits of Independent Study, Internship and/or Undergraduate Research (combined) toward the AHS major Related Cognate (group B) requirements.
  • Students may NOT use Independent Study, Internship and/or Undergraduate Research credits to meet the group A requirements.
  • Grading is on an S/U basis for Internships and graded on an A-F scale for Independent Study and Undergraduate Research.
  • Credits assigned to these experiences will vary based on several conditions including (but not limited to) length of participation and objectives.

 

Courses: Courses are open only to Allied Health Sciences majors.

AH 3091. Allied Health Sciences Internship

An Internship (suggested but optional for completion of the AHS major) is a 3-way cooperative venture among an employer (Internship Site Supervisor), an AHS faculty member (Supervised Internship Instructor), and a student. This experience-based “course” places students in an organization under the guidance and supervision of both a qualified professional in an organization (agency, business, NGO, University Center or laboratory) and an appointed faculty member from the AHS department to gain hands-on experience that helps the student to:

  • Connect and apply academic learning to real-world environments
  • Confirm career choice
  • Identify the type of organization and/or work environment he/she may wish to work in
  • Develop professionalism, communication and team-building skills

Internship Guidebook

Internship Learning Agreement and Forms

Independent Study Authorization Form (this form is used for Internship authorization for the Registrar's Office)

 

AH 3099. Independent Study in Allied Health

An Independent Study (suggested but optional for completion of the AHS major) is a 2-way cooperative venture between a faculty member and a student. This academic-based “course” is designed to engage a student in independent inquiry and investigation of a topic of interest under the guidance and supervision of an appointed faculty member from the Allied Health Sciences department. The study is expected to cover academic topics not typically covered in regular course offerings.

Independent Study Guidebook

Independent Study Learning Agreement and Forms

Independent Study Authorization Form
 

AH 3289. Research in Allied Health; AH 4289 Honors Research in Allied Health
Undergraduate Research (suggested but optional for completion of the AHS major) is a 2- or 3-way cooperatvie venture between a faculty member, the student and in some cases a Principle Research Investigator (PI). This academic-based “course” is designed to engage a student in an undergraduate research experience under the guidance and supervision of a department faculty member. For students in the Honors program, the understood purpose of the student’s involvement in this course is to build toward the completion of an Honors Scholar thesis project. It is designed to engage a student in independent inquiry and investigation on a topic of interest to gain hands-on experience that helps the student to:

  • Synthesize, apply, and expand academic learning to creating new knowledge;
  • Adhere to ethical guidelines of conducting research
  • Complete independent learning in an area of study;
  • Develop independent thought, critical thinking, professionalism, and communication skills; and
  • Promote self-assessment and reflection.

Undergraduate Research Guidebook
Undergraduate Research Learning Agreement and Forms
Independent Study Authorization Form (this form is used for Internship authorization for the Registrar's Office)
 

Questions or need more information?

Students should consult with their academic advisor for specific questions regarding participation in these experience-based courses.
 
 
 
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Department of Allied Health Sciences
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
358 Mansfield Road, Unit 1101
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1101
Telephone: (860) 486-2834
Fax: (860) 486-5375