The primary goal of an internship is to give students an opportunity to apply lessons learned in the classroom to a real-world experience set in a professional practice-oriented environment, with the intern’s work preferably overseen by a professional.
In particular, this internship gives students a practical perspective on problems and applications in Human Language Technology. In addition to offering students the opportunity to demonstrate and develop their technical skills, it allows students to develop professional skills such as teamwork, effective communication, social interaction and professional networking, an understanding of business procedures, leadership, and critical thinking. Finally, it should provide students with work experience within a semi-formal academic framework that carries official course credit from The University of Arizona.
The internship, including the projects completed in the internship and the internship report, serves in place of a master's thesis in the HLT program.
Minimum Eligibility Qualifications for Students Applying for an Internship
- Be enrolled either in the M.S. in HLT or the Ph.D. in Linguistics with a specialization in Computational Linguistics at the University of Arizona
- Before enrolling in the HLT Internship: M.S. students must be in good academic standing with the University of Arizona and have maintained at least a 3.00 grade point average; in addition, M.S. students must maintain a 3.5 GPA in courses with a LING prefix prior to enrolling in the HLT internship.
- Have completed the following required course LING538.