One requirement of the MS Statistics degree at SJSU is the completion of either a project or an internship.
A CAMCOS projectTogether with a small group of other students and a faculty member you will work on a research problem posed by an industry sponsor for the duration of a semester. To apply for a CAMCOS project please download the application form and send your completed application to the CAMCOS director (Dr. Simic).
An approved internshipTo satisfy the program requirement through an internship, the student needs to identify an internship of at least 150 hours that is appropriate for the program (i.e., is relevant to a statistics degree). Send your completed internship approval form to Dr. Bremer for signature. A written report and an oral presentation is required from all interns. The intern's supervisor should send a short evaluation of the intern's work directly to Dr. Bremer.
Searching for Internships (and Jobs...)
It is up to the student to identify an appropriate internship. There are several resources and strategies that can help you with your search.
Join groups of statisticians (such as the Bay Area chapter of the ASA). Attend their meetings to meet prospective employers and other statisticians. Attend job fairs to find both jobs and/or internships. The SJSU Career center organizes job fairs several times a year. Talk to your relatives and friends. Ask fellow students for references of companies they have interned with.
Attend "Internship Reports Days" where students who have completed internships tell you about what they did and how they found their positions. Look at some examples of such reports.
- Search Online
Use keywords such as "statistics, statistician, data analyst, data scientist, data mining, quantitative analyst, bioinformatics, etc." on job-search websites such as
- Know what you want - and go for it
If you already know what company or what industry you want to work for identify employers of that type in your area and go directly to their company websites. Search for HR, open positions, internships etc.
- Be prepared
Have an updated version of your resume and a cover letter that you can individualize to every application at the ready. Ask at least one (better two or three..) friends to read your resume and cover letter. Make absolutely sure that your application packet contains no grammatical or spelling errors. Keep your linkedin account up to date.