Internships are designed to give the student practical work experience in their field of study while still a student. This provides an excellent advantage in the post graduation job market. Most companies want you to have a completed college degree (with good grades) and experience. The internship provides a vehicle for getting some experience before graduation!
How do I get started?
Review the course requirements below; the internship consists of more than simply "go to work for someone and get college credit."
Determine if you want an IT or CS internship. IT internships require IT work - network support, help desk support, desktop support, server support, web support, etc.; CS internships require software development at some level.
Find an organization that will give you the number of hours required (120 hours).
Email email@example.com the following information:
- name of organization
- type of internship (CS or IT)
- type of work (provide as much detail as you can)
- name and email of person responsible for giving you the work/internship
- date you plan to begin the work
- Enroll in CpS 465 (for IT) or CpS 475 (for Computer Science) in order to fulfill the internship requirements and receive credit.
When can I take the internship?
Any fall, spring or summer semester AFTER your freshman year.
What do I have to do for the internship besides work?
See the course requirements below: there are some academic requirements.
NOTE: This summarizes requirements for CpS 465, CpS 466, CpS 475, and CpS 476 courses.
Work a minimum of 120 hours for the 3 credit class (spread out over a minimum of 6 weeks).
Read one assigned book and write a book report (1200-1500 words).
Write one summary paper about your work experience (750-900 words).
Submit a bi-weekly post in the LMS discussion area about your work experience (150-200 words each).
Maintain a log of problems encountered, research performed and solutions produced (an Excel template is provided in the course materials).
A work evaluation must be submitted by your employer at the end of your internship experience.