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Internships | B.A./B.S. in Computer Information Systems (CIS)

Software Development Internships
CIS 4555

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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.

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Goals and Objectives

The goals or objectives of the CIS 4555 Software Development Internship are to:

  1. Provide a student real world experience in "responsible living and meaningful work."
  2. Demonstrate a student's ability to use technology in a workplace environment.
  3. Demonstrate a student's ability to work and communicate with a variety of other people in the workplace.
  4. Demonstrate a student's ability to act professionally.

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.

  1. Systems Analysis
  2. Systems Design
  3. Web Development
  4. Systems Programming
  5. Applications Programming
  6. Database Development
  7. System Documentation
  8. User/Operator Procedure Documentation
  9. User Training

Student Responsibilities

The CIS student is responsible for:

  • Registering for the course
  • Finding an organization willing to provide work experience in one or more of the activities described above
  • The student must develop a contract with the organization using the Internship Agreement Contract (Student and Supervisor) form and return it to the CIS Internship Coordinator
  • Providing CIS Internship Coordinator picture of student to be posted on bulletin board
    (email CIS Internship Coordinator photo or ask and can coordinate having one taken)
  • During the 4th week of the internship the student must complete a Mid-Term Report and submit it to the CIS Internship Coordinator
  • At the end of the Semester in which the credits are earned the student must provide a Final Written Report and a Final Oral Report (to the CIS Internship Coordinator)

Department responsibilities

The CIS department is responsible for overall coordination of the CIS Internship Program, including:

  • Maintaining a list of organizations willing to participate in the program and helping students locate appropriate internships
  • Providing mentorship to the student in internship activities
  • Evaluating student reports
  • Reviewing Supervisor's Evaluations
  • Submitting documentation to the registrar

Organizational responsibilities

The participating organization is responsible for:

  • Completing the Internship Agreement Contract form with the student for specific activities
  • Completing the Supervisor's Final Evaluation Form at the end of the student's internship
  • Providing the support as indicated in the Considerations for Participating Organizations below

Considerations for Participating Organizations

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:

  • Do you support the objectives of The College of St. Scholastica's Internship Program?
  • Are you willing and able to provide staffing time and services to support the students' needs?
  • Are you able to provide adequate supervision in order that both you and the student can benefit from, and are satisfied with, the internship experience?
  • Are you able to provide the experiences necessary for the continued training of the student beyond normal course work?
  • Is your timetable compatible with the student's needs?
  • Are you satisfied that the student is willing and able to contribute to the functioning of your organization?

Community service internship

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.

Waiver request

A waiver of the internship requirement can be granted in two cases:

  • Students who are working full time in IT positions that would satisfy the internship.
  • Students who are working full time in positions that prevent them from completing the internship.

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.

  • Student's Name
  • Student's Campus
  • Student's Advisor
  • Brief statement describing the reasons for the waiver

You should receive confirmation of the waiver within a week via email.

If you have questions concerning about the CIS internship program, please email Brandon Olson or call (218) 723-6199.