The Internship Experience
The CIS program recognizes the value of relevant work experience and partners with technology-based organizations to provide students with an opportunity to broaden their skills base in information technology, cultivate mature life and workplace skills that prepare the student for personal and professional challenges, and establish a network of professional contacts in the information technology field.
The work completed by the student intern is expected to parallel or exceed job performance expectations. These expectations include responsibility, productivity, professionalism, and well-defined IT skillsets. Some, but not all, positions award monetary compensation (an hourly wage or a project stipend) for the work performed.
The Internship Experience is an elective 3-credit information technology (IT) offering at the associate-degree level and a required offering at the bachelor-degree level that provides the student with an opportunity to build a professional portfolio of relevant work experience. With the guidance of an organizational mentor, students will develop a significant IT project that applies appropriate information technology (IT) skills in hardware/networking, database design and development, programming, or client- server-side Web scripting. The internship is offered at three levels: CIS280, CIS380, and CIS480.
The student is prepared to take the CIS280 Internship Experience after completing the core CIS associate-degree requirements and at least one programming language or a Web design and development course.
The student is expected to take the CIS380 Internship Experience after completing the core CIS associate degree requirements and CIS330 Systems Analysis, CIS350 Database Design and Management, and at least one programming language (CIS212 Visual Basic, CIS214 Java, or CIS215 C++). As the CIS380 internship is expected to require information systems analysis, information systems design, database design, and/or applications programming, the student should also have taken any other 300 or 400-level courses associated with the focus of the internship project.
A CIS Internship Experience that is extended over two semesters may be designated as a CIS380 the first semester and a CIS480 during the second semester if the level of responsibility, application of IT skills, and independent research is significantly increased.
During the internship experience, the student maintains a reflective journal that identifies effective communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills applied during the implementation of the IT project.
At the conclusion of the internship, the student summarizes the highlights and challenges of the internship in a written report and presents the IT project development process, focusing on the transfer of theoretical and classroom and lab experiences to meet corporate challenges.