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SUTM Internship Report Guidelines

The following information is to serve as a guide in writing your internship reports for PLSC 296 and PLSC 496. You are advised to read these guidelines before you begin an internship. Make sure your supervisor assigns you different tasks and lets you know the why's and how's of different duties during your field experience.

If you would like more information, talk to me personally. My office is 474B Loftsgard Hall. My phone number is (701) 231-8037. An appointment is not necessary, just check whether I am in.

  1. The report is due by the Friday before ‘dead week', in other words two weeks before the final examination, the semester after you complete the internship. Late submission not only prevents me from reporting your grade to the Office of Registration and Records, but could also delay your graduation if it is the last semester of your curriculum.
  2. Start early in the semester while your memory is still fresh.  Do the best job on it that you can. You will likely use this as part of the interview process for permanent jobs. 
  3. The report should be at least 20 pages. They are often 30 to 50 pages. There are no fundamental differences between reports for PLSC 296 and PLSC 496, except more detailed discussion is expected for PLSC 496 of the rationales of each project in which you have been involved and the management philosophy. The PLSC 496 report typically includes reflection of your courses at the school and analysis issues using a problem solving approach. 
  4. Include a basic description of the facility, golf course, athletic field, etc., such as the location, climate, history and use. 
  5. Include a calendar of events for the season. Include dates and rates of application for fertilizers and pesticides. Do not just photocopy the pesticide records. It is expected that you will sit down with the superintendent and discuss the fertilizer and pesticide applications and then summarize them in a table or on a calendar. 
  6. Include a typed 'daily log' at the end of the report.
  7. Make 2 copies, one I can keep and one for yourself. You are welcome to save the report to a CD, which helps to store a lot of pictures and save space. However, make sure you create the document in MS Word or PDF format.  NO e-mail attachment is accepted due to incompatibilities between different programs, which could cause possible delays. Either a hard copy or a CD with MS Word or PDF formatted documents is preferred. 
  8. We keep the student intern report for many years, so try your best to bind the report together. Color pictures are not mandatory but they do add a lot to the report.


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