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Internships
An internship is a period of work experience offered by an organisation for a limited period of time. They are typically undertaken by students and graduates looking to gain relevant skills and experience in a particular field.
Duration
Internships can last from 1-3 months, a semester, and in some cases an entire year.
Experience
Students serving as interns will be given meaningful projects, be assigned responsibilities, and work deadlines and expectations, very similar to what they would expect as a full-time employee.
Pay
Some internships are unpaid, some may include reimbursement for housing and transportation costs, some may be unpaid but offer NU credit.
Why doing an internship is important?
  1. Intern gains the initial professional experience that enhances his/her competitiveness;
  2. Internships are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge and skills;
  3. Internship is similar to training, which would be given in an educational environment and asking questions is one key to learning;
  4. Intern is not entitled to wages, but he/she gains valuable insight in the working processes of that particular company and the industry at large.
INTERNSHIP TYPES
INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
RULES AND REGULATIONS
FAQ
Internship
It’s no secret that internships are the most effective way for students to gain work experience before graduation. In fact, studies show that 7 out of 10 internships turn into full-time jobs.
During their studies NU students can have two types of internships:
+Credit Bearing
supervised by the Schools and contribute to a degree program.
+Sanctioned
All other types of internships that do not refer to credit-bearing type are considered a valuable learning experience and are coordinated and recorded by CAC in the internship database.
+Eligibility for credit-bearing internship:
All credit bearing internships must be approved by the School office and faculty supervisor for the correspondence to the academic program and professional field.
  • A student must be in good standing (i.e. not on probation or conditional).
  • The internship experience must be an extension of a program learning experience that provides each student an opportunity to utilize the knowledge gained in the classroom.
  • Duration for SoE internships- 240 hours (approx.. 6 weeks), for other schools- up to 120 hours (approx. 1 month). The duration must be approved by the respective school.
+Limitations
  1. Credit bearing Internships must meet the School guidelines or they will not appear on transcript.
  2. Credit for an internship will not be considered retroactively.
  3. Students who are traveling abroad must acquire medical insurances.
  4. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
  5. An English language workplace/internship environment is not required.
  6. An Internship credit plan must be approved by the School prior to beginning the placement.
  7. An Internship credit cannot be transferred from other institutions.
+Registration of the internship
All types of internship must be registered in the CAC internship database for future reference. Please email this form to cac@nu.edu.kz to register your internship.
For more information please see this presentation.

International Opportunities
Here are some sample opportunities that could be a valuable contribution to your internship search. More opportunities can be found at CAC CareerNet. NOTE: Pay attention to the application deadlines.
  1. Yessenov Foundation Research Internship
  2. IAESTE – an international student exchange internship program for 3rd-4th year bachelor students and Master and PhD students younger than 32 years: IAESTE application terms and application form.
  3. Short-term research attachments for international students at A*STAR (Singapore)
  4. University of Queensland Undergraduate Winter Research Program
  5. Lunar and Planetary Institute Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science
  6. Summer research internship UTSIP Kashiwa at the University of Tokyo
  7. Summer Internship at Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University
  8. Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program.
  9. Summer Research Programme in Austria.
  10. Great Minds student internships-2018.
  11. International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS 2019).
  • This page is updated regularly.
Eligibility Criteria:
  • Credit Bearing Internships
A student must be in good standing (i.e. not on probation or conditional). This applies to probationary statuses for both academic and non-academic reasons, which may include disciplinary actions for academic dishonesty. An exception to this clause can be made by the Schools. No outstanding in-completes . The School must approve all credit bearing internships.
  • Sanctioned Internships
Student must be in good standing (i.e. not on probation or conditional). This applies for both academic and non-academic reasons, which may include disciplinary actions for academic dishonesty.
For SEng
  • CB internship should be approved by your School supervisor for the correspondence to the academic program and professional field.
  • To cover 6 credits required by the academic program, the students of SEng should pass internship with the duration of 240 hours or 6 weeks.
  • The School nominates supervisors/advisers for each program and the weekly/final reports should be sent directly to them for appropriate assessment. Each course will require a written report from the student following the internship experience as well as meetings and other work before the internship and throughout the term (e.g. presentations, journals, action plans).
  • The internship experience must be an extension of a program learning experience that provides each student an opportunity to utilize the knowledge gained in the classroom. The employer should not treat an internship as a regular employee.
Timing for SEng:
  1. Internships usually will occur during course of a term (Summer term only).
  2. All materials for evaluation, including final papers for the course and evaluations from internship providers must be submitted before the end of the term.
For SHSS
  • The determination of whether an internship is CB or not is the responsibility of the SHSS Internship Committee. This committee is appointed by the Dean of SHSS.
  • An individual instructor is assigned to the course each term. Instructor’s approval is required for the internship registration. This instructor will evaluate the performance of students.
  • Each course will require a written report following the internship experience as well as meetings and other work before the internship and throughout the term (e.g. presentations, journals, action plans).
Timing for SHSS:
  1. Work time at the internship site should not exceed 15 hours/week when the internship takes place during a regular semester (not summer term).
  2. All internships must occur during the course of a term (Fall, Spring, or Summer).
  3. It is acceptable for the credited part of an internship to begin up to two weeks before the start of a term. In these cases, all arrangements for crediting should be made by the student before the credited period of internship begins.
For SST
  • The internship course is credited to a course number within an SST Department designator for each respective department (Internship- Chemistry).
  • An individual supervisor will be assigned to the course and is required for registration. Supervision by a professional with expertise either educational or field experience is preferred.
  • The internship experience must be an extension of a program learning experience that provides each student an opportunity to utilize the knowledge gained in the classroom. Each course will require a written report from the assigned supervisor and the student.
Timing for SST:
  1. Internships usually will occur during course of a term (Fall, Spring, or Summer), however the timing will depend on a mutual agreement between all parties.
  2. All materials for evaluation, including final papers for the course and evaluations from internship providers must be submitted before the end of the term.
For more information, see the presentation here.

1. Can I divide my 6-week internship in two parts, i.e. can I have first 3 weeks after 2nd year and another 3 weeks after 3rd year?
Internship can be divided into 2 parts bearing in mind that it can only be taken during an academic term.
2. How many internships per term can I have? 
For SST and SEng students there can be up to 2 internships per term but in special circumstances you can petition to the Dean for more internship.

SHSS students can take more than 1 internship, however only 1 can be counted as a credit-bearing. Other internships could be registered as Sanctioned.

3. In the CB internship proposal form for SEng students there must be a signature of a site supervisor. In many cases internships start after the deadline for registration and the company is situated in another location. How can we get the signature to meet the deadlines? 
You can fill in and gather all the signatures on the proposal form and take it with you to the place of internship. On the first day of the internship you can receive the signature of the site supervisor and send scanned proposal to the School office. Only in this case your internship can be considered complete and you are eligible for credits.
4. What information is needed for CAC to prepare an official letter for the internship (“direction”) in case if the internship is self-found? 
CAC needs the full name of the company, its full address, the full name of the company head and of the student, major, dates of the internship. The letter must be ordered 2 weeks prior to the internship.
5. How long is an internship agreement signed by Nazarbayev University? 
At minimum you should expect it to be signed within 10 business days. However, the time can vary depending on other circumstances.
6. Am I eligible for credit-bearing internship?
All students should have at least 60 credits, no academic/disciplinary issues, not on a probation period.
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