Mathematics 499

MATH 499

Catalog Entry

Math 499. Internship in Mathematics
Credit Hours (1-6).

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, at least a 2.5 GPA overall, at least a 2.5 GPA in mathematics and permission of instructor. 

Applications of theory learned in the classroom to real-world mathematical problems in a professional setting. Provides a platform for building teamwork skills and solving interdisciplinary problems.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The internship in mathematics has been designed to provide math students an opportunity to gain practical experience in professional settings. Emphasis will be placed on the application of mathematics to real-world problems, as well as, on those qualities that cannot be gained through formal coursework, such as team skills and time management responsibilities.

The practical experience that will be gained through this internship is not associated with any specific coursework. Instead, it should promote problem-solving skills necessary to determine appropriate mathematical applications for different situations.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

An arrangement will be made between the site supervisor, the faculty supervisor, and the student specifying the outcomes of the internship and the times that the students will work at the site. The student will receive academic credit for, and possibly financial remuneration for, the internship.

A student may require instruction for new techniques and/or new software. S/he may consider computer-assisted instruction, a short course offered by Radford University’s Academic Computing Center, or self-paced instruction via appropriate textbooks or on-line Help.

By the last day of classes of the semester in which the student interns, the student will prepare a written report detailing the experience itself.

Throughout the internship the student will communicate with members of a team of site personnel and RU faculty. Students will keep a journal of their activities, experiences, concerns, and successes.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Objectives of the internship in Mathematics include:

  • Gain practical experience
  • Sharpen problem-solving and decision-making capacity
  • Stimulate critical thinking skills
  • Improve oral and written communications skills
  • Improve organization skills
  • Improve time management skills
  • Expand Depth of knowledge of mathematics
  • Increase appreciation for shared responsibilities
  • Apply knowledge of mathematics to real-world problems


Assessment Measures

Grades will be awarded by the faculty supervisor in consultation with the site supervisor. The site supervisor will provide a work evaluation of the student intern.

The student will submit a journal to the faculty supervisor at the end of the internship. This journal will at least include entries about activities, experiences, concerns, and successes of the student.

The student intern will turn in a written report on the last day of classes. This report should include:

  • a description of the project(s) in which the student was involved
  • a brief description of the internship site, including the site’s mission and/or purpose
  • a brief description of the type of work the student completed
  • a report on what the student learned from the experience
  • an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the internship


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

Sept. 2001 Review Stephen Corwin, Chair