Undergraduate Teaching (TA) Internship

An internal internship is one component of the Chemistry Education Option and the rules are stated below:

  1. The course instructor will serve as the faculty mentor for the TA Intern.
  2. The TA Intern will enroll in the teaching seminar (CH 407 SEM/teaching) during the Fall term of the academic year that CH 410 is taken.
  3. The normal load for three credits of CH 410 includes the following for the TA Intern and should total 90 - 100 hr/ term:
  • Each TA Intern will have the normal TA responsibilities for 1 section of general chemistry lab and recitation (3-4 hrs contact/week) or three general chemistry recitations (3 hr contact/week).
  • The TA Intern is expected to attend and participate in the weekly course staff meeting (1 hr contact/week).
  • The TA Intern is expected to meet weekly with the assigned faculty mentor to discuss teaching techniques.
  • The TA Intern will be assigned to help grade and proctor midterms and the final (10 hr/term).
  • The TA Intern is allotted 3-4 hrs per week for preparations (30-40 hr/ term). This time includes reading the text, doing homework problems, designing and producing quizzes, reading and practicing lab procedures.

Student interns will be provided written and oral feedback on performance as a TA. A separate student review in addition to the regular OSU course evaluation forms will be conducted for courses for which TA Intern served as one of the course TA's.

Enrollment in the above courses is open to all chemistry majors, not only students who have declared the chemistry education option.


Undergraduate Lab Development and Instruction Internship

The purpose of the lab development and instruction internship is to provide students with practical experience in developing of experiments and instructing students in undergraduate laboratories. The course instructor will serve as the faculty mentor for the Intern and determine the grade based on the student's performance.

In order to participate, potential interns should enroll in CH 410 (section 011). The normal load for three credits of CH 410 is equivalent to 90 - 100 hrs per term of lab work expected for the intern. Student interns will also be provided written and oral feedback on performance. Enrollment in CH410 is restricted by the course instructor.

There are two types of positions available for potential interns:

1) Designing and Testing of New Labs:

Assistance in preparation of materials for an undergraduate chemistry course. Duties will vary with the course, but might include design and testing of new experiments for use in teaching laboratories, preparation of review materials, or assembly and maintenance of web pages. In most cases, assistance will be in a course which the student has previously taken.

2) Laboratory Instruction:

Assistance in instruction of an undergraduate chemistry course. Duties will vary with the course, but might include help with lab supervision, provision of tutorial or review sessions, or participation in grading activities. It is expected that the student will be thoroughly familiar with the course in question, in most cases by having taken it. This is not a teaching internship. Students will not be conducting normal recitations.

updated 04/04/2012 (cp)