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What is an IT Internship?
The goal of an internship
is to provide work that is both of value to the organization and
also augments the formal Information Technology (IT) education
of the student. Internships fall into two general categories:
An internship project
has a predefined objective that is to be accomplished by the end
of the internship period. The project should result in a deliverable
to the organization and should include a presentation or report
of the results given by the intern. The work should expose the
intern to real-world IT problems and challenges and on-the-job
learning opportunity.The intern should be expected to make an
individual contribution to the results of the project and present
these to the organization. Organizations are encouraged to assign
a mentor to provide such guidance and direction when needed.
Not all work situations
can be organized into an internship project. In an apprenticeship,
the intern is assigned to work with an accomplished IT professional
or mentor. The apprentice will work under direction of the mentor
to provide assistance and support commensurate with the capability
and current level of training in the specialty. At the end of
the apprenticeship, the intern is expected to make a formal report
of lessons learned and personal observations and recommendations
relative to the assigned area of work.
Length of an Internship
Internships are one
semester in length, nominally sixteen weeks. Ideally, internship
projects and apprenticeships start and end on a semester boundary.
This may not always be practical, so the start of an internship
may vary based on work requirements but its duration should equate
to roughly one semester in length.
scope of a potential project is longer than a semester, consider
dividing it into phases such that it could be accomplished by
successive internships. The initial internship project could address
requirements assessment, design and planning with a succeeding
internship project to address a continuation of the work involving
sponsors a co-op program to fulfill needs for part-time student
employment. Co-op students are a good way to address needs that
extend beyond the scope of the internship program.
Amount of Work
Students receive 3
credit hours towards their degree for an IT internship. As a general
guideline, students can expect to put in 3 to 4 hours of work
for each class credit hour. Thus, an intern should be expected
to work roughly 10 to 15 hours per week on a schedule consistent
with both work and educational requirements.
A project may require more than one
intern, but projects requiring a team larger than two or three
interns are discouraged. This is another situation in which co-op
positions can be considered.
Cost of an Internship
Interns receive credit towards their degree.
Pay is not a requirement.
Upon completion of the internship,
successful interns should receive a formal letter of recommendation
as a reference for potential future employers.
are encouraged to reimburse interns for excessive commute expenses
and other work related costs that exceed the normal expenses of
a student. Such reimbursement is at the discretion of the host.
If offered, the amount should be established in advance with the
student to avoid possible misunderstandings.
Qualification and Assignment of Interns
The program will assign
candidates to fill internships. Interviews and acceptance of a
candidate are at the discretion of the hosting organization. Students
must be actively enrolled in their junior or senior year of the
IT curriculum and have a 3.0 grade point average or better to
qualify as a candidate for internship. As such, interns are expected
to offer any organization an able contributor right now and the
opportunity to evaluate a prospective future employee.
Requesting an Internship
To request an internship, simply fill out our
company interest form or call us
for more information at 407.823.2438