Completing an internship is an ideal way to gain experience and expand your portfolio. An internship expands your perspective, increases your skills, and makes you stand out to potential employers.
Although internships are not required for graduation, they are an excellent opportunities that allow you to:
Apply your classroom knowledge to actual work
Discover you strengths and explore your interests
Earn money while in college – most internships are paid
Network with professionals
Increase your chances of being hired at the time of graduation
There are three steps to completing an internship: Prepare, Document, Evaluate.
Obtain an internship employment offer or conduct an internship with your current employer. Note that your internship must be supervised by a computer scientist or other similarly qualified professional.
Complete the Internship Proposal and submit it to your Internship Coordinator by e-mail.
After receiving approval from the Internship Coordinator, register for up to three credits of the appropriate internship course.
While you complete the work outlined in your Internship Proposal, keep a concise journal with entries for each workday that includes:
discussions conducted with supervisor and/or team members
reflections you made about your experience
Submit your journal by e-mail to the Internship Coordinator at the end of each internship week. All the weekly journals will have to be added to the final Internship Report as an appendix.
Schedule a Site Visit for the Internship Coordinator, who will meet with you and your supervisor at the internship site to assess your internship. The site visit must take place toward the end of the internship and before the end of the semester.
Complete your Internship Report, using the Internship Report template. The work described in the report should correlate with the work proposed in the proposal.
Before the end of the semester, submit your Internship Report by e-mail to both the Internship Coordinator and your supervisor. Request your supervisor to send by e-mail, before the end of the semester, his or her comments about your internship work to the Internship Coordinator.
Before finals week, schedule and attend a meeting with the Internship Coordinator for an internship debriefing. After the debriefing, the Internship Coordinator will enter your internships grade.