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. See examples of past CAMCOS projects and a list of previous sponsors on the CAMCOS website.
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). 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.
- CAMCOS projects are announced (via e-mail) towards the end of the semester before the semester in which the project will take place. Participation in CAMCOS is via application only. To apply please download the application form and send your completed application to the CAMCOS director (Dr. Simic). Applications are usually due in December (for spring) and in May (for fall). If you are selected for a project, the project faculty supervisor will provide you with an add code for Math 203.
- Internship: If you have identified a suitable internship, fill out the internship approval form and send it to Dr. Bremer for signature. You will need to indicate on this form whether
you will be working with a statistical supervisor at your company or with a professor
at SJSU (if no statistical supervisor is available at the company). In either case,
you should obtain the consent of the supervisor and obtain their signature before
you hand in your form. The completed internship approval form is due before the last
day to add a class in the semester in which you plan to take the internship. If your
internship is approved, the internship coordinator or your faculty supervisor will
provide you with an add code for Math 298.
International students need to obtain CPT (curricular practical training) permission before they receive work authorization on their visa. This process may take several weeks. Plan ahead accordingly.
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.
- Mailing List
The internship coordinator (Dr. Bremer) keeps a mailing list for students actively searching for internships and jobs. To sign up for the mailing list, send a request to Dr. Bremer (email@example.com) at any time. To remove yourself from the list also send an e-mail with a removal request. The mailing list will be used to periodically send out announcements about open internship positions and jobs in the Bay Area. Some of them are directly targeted at SJSU MS Stats students.
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.