Information on Summer Internship Program
EE 300-400 courses are mandatory internships towards the degree of engineering, which aim to help students observe the applications of the theoretical knowledge they acquired, increase their professional experience, and guide them in making conscious career decisions after graduation by providing them an opportunity to experience engineering practice, working conditions and professional life.
The purpose and principles of the EE300 & EE400 internship courses are given below. The following terms should be considered both in seeking the position and during the internship.
- EE300 Internship: For students who have successfully completed at least 4 semesters
- EE400 Internship: For students who have successfully completed at least 6 semesters
Dates & Duration of Summer Internship
The duration of this internship is 40 business days in total. In general, it consists of two different periods of 20 work days in the summer break following the 2nd year and 20 work days in the summer break following the 3rd year. If necessary, it can be completed as 40 work days in the same break succeeding the 3rd year. "Research internships" conducted at research institutes or universities are strongly recommended to cover at least 30 work days.
An academic semester (the period during which students take courses) and the internship dates cannot overlap. Therefore, students who will take courses in summer school are to adjust their internship period accordingly.
In order to have a valid flow, the EE300 internship must precede the EE400 internship, i.e, EE300 is a pre-requisite for EE400.
Students should inform the department of their internship and enroll in the EE300/400 courses on time: A student who undertook an internship in the summer of one year and was not enrolled in the corresponding internship course of that year cannot make a claim for the same internship later. In other words, it is obligatory to register for the course in the first semester following the date of the completed internship.
Institutions for Internship
It is essential that the activities done within the scope of the internship be related to Electrical and/or Electronics Engineering. At least two electrical and / or electronic engineers must be employed in the institution or in the department of interest, if the institution of interest is a large enterprise.
Research internships are allowed if abroad. Research internships can be done in Turkey only if the internship institution is not affiliated with METU. In particular, internships conducted at the following locations cannot be presented for the EE300/400 courses:
a. METU EEE-STAR internships
b. Internships done at research centers affiliated with METU (e.g. ODTÜ-ROMER)
c. Internships done at research centers that used to be affiliated with METU but have gained special status via law no. 6550 (e.g. ODTÜ-GÜNAM and ODTÜ-MEMS)
Internships done at research centers outside this scope (e.g. TUBITAK UZAY) can be presented for EE300/400, even if the place of the internship is in the METU campus.
If possible, internship activities should be related to the courses that the student has already taken in the preceding years. Nevertheless, working on a subject related to one or more branches of electrical and electronics engineering is sufficient for evaluation within the scope of EE300 or EE400 courses.
The list of institutions requesting interns is available on the department website. Even if you decide to apply for a position in these institutions, please verify once again that the institution satisfies the above mentioned criteria.
Further Information on Summer Internship
- Summer internship is not intended for theoretical training. Activities such as education, academic courses, studying, etc. are to be avoided within the scope of the internship and during this period, only short orientation programs can be followed. The student is expected to participate in current technical tasks within the institution or at least be present as an observer. In this context, spending most of the time on activities such as examining catalogs or brochures should be refrained. Such studies can only be considered as complementary to the main activities and observations.
- It is also unacceptable to learn a programming language during the summer internship or only to write program(s) in a language. These studies can only be part of a more comprehensive project in which the student participates.
- Every student who starts an internship should have an Internship Logbook. The student takes notes about the tasks carried out within the internship program on a daily basis and makes use of these notes while preparing the internship report in the appropriate format. The Internship Report is submitted to the Department upon registration to the EE 300/ 400 courses, following the rules announced by the Department Internship Committee. Students who do not follow these rules are deemed not to have completed their internships.
- During summer internship, if the students find that the engineering content of the internship is too weak, they should report it to their supervisor and try to solve the problem. If the problems persists, the student is responsible for finding a new internship. The complaints and criticism on the institution of internship or the lack of assignments in cases where the student failed to complete a solid amount of work and was unable to find an alternative institution, will not be regarded as an excuse to approve the validity of the internship.
- Summer internship reports are evaluated by a faculty member selected depending on the main activity. Students will be notified of the faculty member who will grade their internship reports.
- Within the evaluation of the summer internship, the faculty member may ask the student for the Internship Logbook, or some documents used while writing the internship report.
- It is very important for an engineer to prepare a comprehensive and explanatory Technical Report in a proper format. Summer internship reports can be considered as a first experience for students on this subject. Therefore, these reports are evaluated in terms of content, language used, presentation and rigour in the report preparation.
- Internships of students participating in international exchange programs (Erasmus, etc.): Students to participate in exchange programs can do their internships in Turkey before going abroad. They deliver their report to the exchange program coordinator at the end of summer. Similarly, students receive the confirmation from the institution that the internship is completed and ensure that this confirmation reaches the coordinator and the student affairs. The exchange program coordinator delivers internship reports and forms to the student affairs at the end of the same summer term. The student's internship report is evaluated together with other internship reports at the beginning of the semester, a passing grade is given if it is appropriate, otherwise the coordinator is informed about the fact that a correction is required. The coordinator notifies the student of the current status, and the student makes the necessary corrections and delivers them to the coordinator (or the internship committee). The student is not enrolled in the EE300 / 400 course in that fall semester, since the student is registered at the university in the exchange program. However, the first semester the exchange program is completed and the student is enrolled in the courses at METU, the student gets registered to the summer practice course, and the grade S or U given before will then be recorded in the computer system and take effect.
- Within the Erasmus program, it is possible to do an internship within the scope of Student Internship mobility. You may generally prefer an internship in Europe for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 12 months. For detailed information, please check the Erasmus office website. If the summer internships completed within the scope of this program are made for a short term (3 months), it can only be counted as one of EE300 and EE400 internship. If the duration of the program is longer, is can be counted for both EE300 and EE400.
- Write the tasks you conducted in the internship as they are. Be sure that you mention the contributors if you have any. Reports presenting any work that has not actually been performed by you will be returned to you during the evaluation phase. Complex engineering designs consist of blocks that look simple when examined alone. Even if the work you do in the internship seems simple, it is sufficient for you to understand its importance, indicate your place in the integrity and transfer your work in the report format, together with your observations and conclusions.