Senior Internship

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Clare Morrall

Course Director Name: Clare Morrall & Patricia Rosa/

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information:

Course Director Contact Information:      ; 

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours:  TBD 

Course Director Office Hours:  TBD

Course Lecturer(s) Office Location:  2nd floor Caribbean House

Course Director Office Location: 2nd floor Caribbean House

Course Support: Anna Neckles-Thomas,, x3435

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

The capstone junior/senior internship, for marine biology and for wildlife and conservation biology students, will provide an opportunity for these students to utilize their knowledge and their acquired field research skills within a professional working environment.

Course Objectives: 

The course aim is to provide the marine biology students and the wildlife and conservation biology students with an opportunity to work and perform research in their field of choice. The course objectives are to provide students with one or more of the following:

  1. Work and/or research experience in the fields of marine biology or wildlife and conservation biology. 
  2. Work experience with a non-governmental organization (NGO), or a governmental agency, or a private corporation, or a community group. 
  3. Opportunity to associate with professionals in their field of choice. 
  4. Opportunity to be mentored by professionals in their field of choice. 
  5. Opportunity to establish working relationships that may continue post-internship.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Acquire and apply technical and professional skills that will prepare them for future professional and/or academic activities. 
  2. Integrate theories, concepts, and knowledge into a professional setting.
  3. Demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills across disciplines.
  4. Develop work habits and attitudes necessary for future success, and establish relationships with professionals in their field results.

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

MWC-PLO1. KNOWLEDGE: Apply knowledge of the biological and physical components of life, and use this knowledge to understand the interrelationships of organisms with each other and their physical environments. 

MWC-PLO2. APPLICABILITY: Analyze key global ecological and conservation issues to promote long-term species viability and health of marine and terrestrial environments, with an emphasis on the Caribbean. 

MWC-PLO3. RESEARCH: Apply scientific method, ecological and quantitative concepts, and technical skills to design and conduct novel field and laboratory experiments, while considering ethical and regulatory implications.

MWC-PLO4. COMMUNICATION & CRITICAL THINKING: Use relevant scientific literature and demonstrate independent, critical thinking while communicating scientific knowledge effectively in different media.


SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less 

DISREGARD ABOVE SCALE: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Materials:

Text: Students will need to consult their external and faculty advisor to guide them with acquiring relevant literature.

Supplementary Readings/Resources: N/A

Course Grading Requirement:

Preliminary requirements (required prior to approval of internship):

  • Planning schedule form
  • Internship contract

External supervisor reports: 

  • Midway progress
  • Final performance

Reports completed by students: 

  • Midway progress
  • Report on experience with organization
  • Timesheet & associated tasks Project completion reports: 
  • Oral presentation
  • Written report

Course Requirements:

See Senior Internship Requirements document for more details.  

Course Schedule


School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.