An important note before everything: Your summer practice course is evaluated based on your success during the summer practice and the content of your report. It is a good opportunity to revise what you have learned theoretically during the courses you have taken and employ them in practical applications. It is important to keep your summer internship reports concise, brief, original and precise in terms of the content that exhibit good integration of theory and practice. This document includes everything that is expected from a successful summer practice. Below you will find the requirements for summer practice and expectations from the two summer practice classes. Then some suggestions that will help the students to benefit more from it. So, please read it carefully and follow the procedures and regulations in order not to run into negative issues.

  • ChE300 Summer Practice I:
    • Prerequisites to the course are either one of the following sets ChE102-ChE203-OHS301 or ChE102-ChE222-OHS301. Only the students who have satisfied the prerequisites by the time of the summer practice will be assigned to the course. If the students are in Probation condition at the end of the semester, they will not be able to perform their internships this summer.
    • The internship has to be done in a factory where production takes place. Internships in pilot plants, research laboratories, sales, planning or quality control departments are not allowed.
    • The internship should last at least 20 working days (uninterrupted), although longer durations, if possible, are encouraged.
  • ChE400 Summer Practice II:
    • Prerequisites to the course are one of ChE222 or ChE327. Only the students who have satisfied the prerequisites by the time of the summer practice will be assigned to the course.
    • The internship can be done in a factory that is approved by the department.
    • The internship should last at least 20 working days (uninterrupted), although longer durations, if possible, are encouraged.
  • The internship can be done in a Research and Development Center that is approved by the department for at least two months.
  • Both Summer Practices are meant to be carried out during the summer break.
  • The students are responsible for finding their own internship companies. Internships will only be arranged by the department for students who could not arrange it themselves. The internship positions available to the department, however, are limited and may not be enough for all students.
  • There is one-week period for the documentation before you start your internship at the company. Please act accordingly.
  • The internships will be coordinated by the department chair and the summer practice advisor of each student in collaboration. Official correspondence with companies will be done by the summer practice advisor of each student.
  • Advisor assignments: A summer practice advisor among Chemical Engineering Faculty will be assigned to each student during add-drop week and announced via e-mail.

PROCEDURES__________________________________________________________________________________

The students who are planning for summer practice in Summer 2021 are expected to follow the procedures below. It is the student's responsibility for timely planning to the summer practice.

Step 1: Preparation for summer practice:

i.  Before you start applying for summer practice, make sure you are going to satisfy the prerequisites for summer practice classes (ChE300 or 400) by the date of the start of your summer practice.

ii.  Make sure you have read this document throughout and indicate your intention for summer practice in the online questionnaire.

iii.  You may now start searching and applying to the summer internship positions available.

iv.  If a “Compulsory Summer Practice Form (the so-called Zorunlu Staj Belgesi)” is needed in your applications, fill in the form number “S1-F1” (provided here) fully and submit it to Mr. Yüksel Karataş (kayuksel@metu.edu.tr). You are responsible for the correctness of the information in the petition.

Step 2: When you find a place(s) for a summer internship:

i.       Arrange a meeting with your summer practice advisor to discuss the suitability of the place for summer internship. Make sure you have enough information about the (i) company, (ii) their field of production, and (iii) the department of your internship. Make sure both the company and your duty there satisfies the requirements for the summer practice classes (information provided above, the first two bullets of this page).
ii.      After approval of your summer internship place, prepare the followings;

      • Summer practice notebook (obtain one staple-bound notebook, fill in the first page with your name, student ID, place of your summer internship, date and your signature)
      • Summer practice booklet (will be sent to you with this document, fill in the pages with the required information and glue your photograph)
      • Meet with your advisor to finalize the forms required to start your summer internships (Advisors will sign your summer practice notebook and booklet, provide you additional documents to be submitted to the company, and will provide you a letter that certifies that you can obtain the required insurance and start your summer internship), due to the pandemic, the meetings may be on Zoom or via e-mail and the approvals will be electronic.
      • In your meeting with your advisor before the internship, discuss also the expectations from the internship and the intermediate and final reports.
      • The student will also inform the department of the internship company by filling in the Internship Information Form in the Department Secretary's Office and the information required for the Summer Practice Insurance. Please contact Ms. Asya Yıldırım for the documents (yasya@metu.edu.tr).

Step 3: During summer internship

    • The internship should last at least 20 working days (uninterrupted).
    • Keeping a summer practice notebook: It is very important to keep a well-documented notebook during your summer practice. During the summer internship, record all your observations in the summer practice notebook. Make sure you have placed the date and sign each page, and there are no blank or torn pages. Examples of what to include in the summer practice reports are: the flowcharts of the processes that you have seen, the data you obtained, the details of the equipment that you have seen, information about the utilities available, the quality control tests that are done to the products of intermediate products, etc. NOT the information that you find online or from catalogues etc.
    • Intermediate reports: The students should contact their advisor, by any means arranged by the two before the internship, to give an intermediate report during the course of the internship.
    • At the end of the internship make sure you have the “Summer Practice Booklet” signed and all the evaluation forms filled and placed in a sealed envelope by the company.

Step 4: Summer practice reports

    • The summer practice reports are going to be submitted during add-drop week of the Fall semester. So, the students are encouraged to prepare it in advance. Late submissions will not be accepted.
    • The reports will be checked in terms of format, content and originality, NOT in terms of the length or the well-accepted information that can be found from the internet or any other sources.
    • The format of the report should be consistent and the reports should be free of grammatical errors and should fully be in English (all charts, tables, figures, etc.). Students are encouraged to use software (such as Word spell-check and Grammarly, etc.) to check the language. Also visit: https://lib.metu.edu.tr/tr/duyurular/grammarly-premium-aboneligi
    • Originality reports: The summer practice reports will be submitted digitally to the Turnitin system through the ODTUClass interface before the end of the add-drop period. Together with the report, a copy of the Turnitin “scorecard” showing the degree of overlap of your report with the documents in the Turnitin database should be submitted. A significant (above 20%) overlap will be considered as plagiarism and will result in an Unsatisfactory (U) grade.
    • Below is a guideline of what to include in the summer practice report.

FORMAT: The report format should be the following:

  • Paper: A4, portrait
  • Margins: 4 cm top, 3 cm bottom, 2.5 cm right, 3 cm left
  • Font: Arial, 11 point
  • Paragraph:
    • Alignment: justified
    • Indentation: no empty line between paragraphs, paragraphs begin with a 1.5 cm tab
    • Spacing: Single space

1) COVER PAGE

  • Course code and student's name
  • Name of the company where the internship is done
  • Dates during which the internship is done
  • The name of your summer practice advisor

2) ABSTRACT (Max. 1 page)

  • Brief information about the company and the plant
  • Activity area and the main product(s) of the plant
  • Duty of the student during the internship

3) INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY

  • Brief information about the company (max. 1 paragraph, less than 15 lines)
  • Activity area and the main product(s) (technical information, chemical structure, etc. about the product(s))
  • Information on employees (Fill in the table below)

Type of employee

Number of employees

Engineers

 

Chemical Engineers

 

METU ChE Graduates

 

Technicians

 

Chemistry technicians

 

Workers

 

Administrative and other staff

 

  • Evaluation of the plant's activity area, place and atmosphere from the viewpoint of chemical engineering (the student's opinion on the relationship, similarities and differences between what he/she has learned in the curriculum and what is seen in the plant, sustainability, occupational health and safety, environmental awareness, energy efficiency, etc. – max. 2 pages)

4) PROCESS FLOWCHART AND DESCRIPTION

  • Description of the process or process unit(s) where the internship is done and comments. As many figures as necessary. In case the internship is done in an R&D center, information on the center and its activities

5) WORK DONE IN THE PLANT

  • Work done by the student in the plant. In line with the internship diary, min. 2, max. 5 pages)

6) MATERIAL AND ENERGY BALANCE CALCULATIONS

  • A clearly formulated problem from a process unit in the plant. Discuss with your internship advisor and have your problem approved before working further on it.
  • Solution of the problem

i. The flowchart with all variables and unknowns

ii. Clearly stated assumptions and a clear calculation

iii. A short discussion comparing the results of the calculations with actual data taken from the plant

7) CONCLUSIONS

8) REFERENCES

9) APPENDIX

Step 5: After Internship

Make sure you send the followings to the Department.

1) Summer practice report

2) Summer practice notebook

3) Summer practice booklet

4) ChE 300 or 400 Summer Practice Student Evaluation Form.docx filled by the student

5) Include the summer practice evaluation form filled by the company and the second page of the summer internship booklet in a sealed envelope. The company may prefer sending this item themselves, which is OK.

Address:

Yüksel Karataş

Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi Kimya Mühendisliği Bölümü

Dumlupınar Bulvarı No: 1, Çankaya Ankara 06800.

Documents:

Staj rehberi

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Ailesi üzerinden sağlık hizmeti almayanlar için taahütname

ChE 300 öğrenci değerlendirme formu

ChE 400 öğrenci değerlendirme formu

S1-F1 formu

Stajyer öğrenci bilgi formu

Staj değerlendirme formu


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