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Introduction

The following document outlines the guidelines and procedures for the internships that you will attend during your educational life at IŞIKIE. You will need to complete two internships, which must be done in separate years. These requirements are in addition to the general internship guidelines of Işık University. If you do not fulfill the internship requirements, your internship may be rejected. Remember that internships are prerequisites for your senior year thesis.

Purpose

The purpose of an internship is to provide a well-planned and supervised experience that integrates the student's academic preparation into a related, applied work experience in an industrial, business, or government environment. During the internship period, the intern will apply academic principles to the solution of practical problems in various areas of Industrial Engineering. Internships are primarily a learning experience. Interns should develop skills, acquire the ability to perform certain engineering tasks, and observe how businesses run. Some of these skills may be related to things you have already studied in school; others may not. A broader form of learning might be called intellectual growth. Your internship will help you to think more concretely and expansively about issues raised in your courses, to apply academic theories to real-world situations, and to see whether academic theories adequately explain what's going on in the real world.

How to Apply

First, you must secure an internship position from a company that satisfies the general requirements of Işık University. The company must have manufacturing or operational departments that employ several industrial engineers. Within these departments, your internship orientation is solely up to you. However, IŞIKIE's advice is that at least one of your summer internships should be done in a manufacturing environment. In order to get an idea of the candidate companies, you can check this list for the recent internships completed by our engineering students. Also see the top 500 company list. Remember, you cannot do both your internships at the same workplace. After you are offered an internship position, you must complete the necessary forms, which are attached to the end of this document. All forms are available in Turkish and English; fill out the relevant forms based on the requirements of the company you are going to join. The First form is a letter from our department to the company to which you are applying. This is an optional form and should be submitted only if the company asks for a letter stating whether your internship is mandatory. The Industrial Practice Application form needs to be signed by your employer and must be returned to the faculty secretary before the stated deadline. It is the proof of your acceptance to the internship. The last form, the Industrial Practice Evaluation, needs to be completed, signed, and sealed by your employer after you have completed your internship, and returned to the faculty signed and sealed. Your performance will be graded on this sheet.

IŞIKIE Intership Reports

The intern must submit a final report to the Internship Coordinator (the coordinator serves as each student's advisor) of IŞIKIE department summarizing the internship experience, relating the internship experience to the student's academic program, and evaluating the value of the internship experience to the intern. The outline below lists the sections that must be included in your internship report submitted to IŞIKIE. These requirements are in addition to the general guidelines of Işık University for such reports. If you do not fulfill the internship requirements your internship may be rejected. Remember that internships are prerequisites for your senior year thesis. The two internship reports have slightly different requirements.

General Guidelines and Requirements (for both reports)

  • The main body of text must be well written with understandable language and appropriate grammar. It must be written with a text editor such as Microsoft Word. Body text may be written in Times New Roman format. The font size should not exceed 12 points.
  • All reports should include a Table of Contents. You should use the Table of Content feature in Microsoft Word.
  • All sections and subsections in the report must be numbered. Use a 14 point font size for section numbers and a 12 point font size for subsection numbers.
  • All required sections should be clearly identified.
  • A description of the industrial engineers' duties and their role in the organization must be included.
  • Interviews with at least two industrial engineers should be included. Prepare questions for the engineers, and report their answers in a newspaper format.
  • An organizational diagram must be included.
  • Statistics about the organization, such as the number of employees, a breakdown of the workforce by departments, working hours, annual sales, types of services or products, etc., must be provided with the report.
  • All descriptions of calculations should be accompanied by real examples.
  • An appendix that gives explanations of the terminology used within the report should be included along with all the terms that are specific to the environment or processes that you observed.
  • Some other topics those may be included in your report are production processes and technologies, workplace culture, power and status, ethics, finance, etc.

Second Internship Report (additional sections)

  • The most important part of the second report is the description of at least one problem within the organization that relates to industrial engineers. These problems may be solved or unsolved. In your interviews with industrial engineers, you should be more inquisitive about identifying problems, in order to find a topic for your undergraduate project.
  • You should include a problem statement and detailed information about the problem as the basis of your undergraduate project. We encourage you to find the topic of your senior thesis during your second internship. In any case, the above-stated sections on problems within the company should be present in your reports.


  • Sample Internship Report

 

Important Deadlines

  • Submission of Industrial Practice Application to the department: June 10.
  • Submission of Industrial Practice Evaluation form and the final report: the first registration week after the internship. If the necessary corrections are not made by the end of the Withdrawal Date, which is given in the University Web Site, the Intership will be rejected.

 

FAQ

  • When can I do my internship?
    Only during your holiday time, while you are not taking classes. Students who have completed their senior year and who are not attending any classes for at least three days of the week may also complete their internships during the academic year.
  • Is it possible to complete all my internships during the same year?
    No.
  • What if I'm attending the summer school?
    You cannot do your internship if you are taking classes during the summer. The only exception to this rule occurs if your class schedule allows for at least three full days of class-free time. In that case, you can fulfill the internship requirement while attending summer classes.
  • What are the deadlines?
    The deadline for applying for an internship varies by company. But all your departmental paperwork should be completed by the end of final exams. You can then attend the internship any time during the summer. Your internship and final report should be completed and submitted along with the Industrial Practice Evaluation form before the first week of classes.
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