Classroom learning is only the first step in preparing students for careers in Information Technology (IT). The next step for students is to complete a software development internship where they spend time working for outside organizations.
We have developed long-standing relationships with many regional companies who look forward to our student interns. If you are looking for an internship, check out our Internship News Blog with links to many of the companies with internships and full-time jobs.
The goals or objectives of the CIS 4555 Software Development Internship are to:
A student majoring in Computer Information Systems (CIS) must participate in one or more of the following activities while working on a CIS internship. These activities should be in an organization that has one or more persons that are developing information systems. During the internship, the student may complete other tasks, but a significant portion of the internship must involve the activities below.
The CIS student is responsible for:
The CIS department is responsible for overall coordination of the CIS Internship Program, including:
The participating organization is responsible for:
We are very pleased with your interest in our Computer Science / Information Systems Internship Program. Your willingness to participate in this Internship Program should be based on answering "yes" to the following questions:
For students who are working full time or otherwise unable to complete a traditional internship, the CIS Department accepts community service internships. These are organized by students by offering their computer skills to area non-profit organizations on a volunteer basis. This may include volunteering for IT projects at local churches, schools, or community service organizations.
These are similar to traditional internships and still require 150 hours of service/work for each four credits. The same paperwork is completed for the internship. It is possible for students to spread their 150 hours across a number of organizations, if needed.
If you have questions concerning this, please email Brandon Olson or call (218) 723-6199.
A waiver of the internship requirement can be granted in two cases:
The CIS Department views the internship as a valuable stepping stone for students entering IT careers. For adult learners who are working full time, the internship often provides a bridge from their current position into an IT-related position within their organization. But the CIS Department recognizes that the internship does not provide a benefit to students currently employed in IT positions. For individuals who would have to leave a permanent job to complete the internship, the economic hardships this causes outweigh the benefits of the internship. When it is feasible for students to complete a paid or community service internship, we encourage them to do this.
Students receiving a waiver of the internship requirement will have to complete four additional credits of a CIS elective or concentration course to replace the require four credits of internship.
To request a waiver, simply send an email to the internship coordinator, Brandon Olson, with the following information.
You should receive confirmation of the waiver within a week via email.