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The Internship Program of the CIS (Computer Information System) department at Robinson College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to get course credit while gaining work experience in a CIS-related technical and/or business area. Note: the CIS department encourages students to get IT work experience even if they can not get course credit.

A CIS undergraduate that obtains an internship for course credit (officially called the CIS 4970 Field Study Class) can use the CIS 4970 course to REPLACE CIS 4980 System Development Projects capstone course. A CIS student that does not seek an internship under CIS 4970 will instead register for the CIS 4980 course. Here's the BBA CIS course(s) diagram (look on the right side in the CIS Core Capstone section) - click here

The CIS internship for class credit program is designed to complement a student's formal education with practical and meaningful IT-related work experience. It is a unique opportunity for students to clarify employment goals, develop a professional network, and learn about a particular industry.  Participating corporations are expecting to receive high-quality work and active participation from the students they sponsor. Experience directly related to a studentís CIS major makes the student more marketable when seeking for full-time positions after graduating. Note that merely working with MS office software is not sufficient - the internship should be in an IT-related field doing meaningful IT-related work.

Enrolled students in good academic standing, a GPA of 3.3 or greater, and undergraduates which have completed their required 3000 level courses (3001 IT Project Management, 3300 Systems Analysis, and 3730 Database Management) are eligible to participate in the program. Internships can be part-time, full-time, paid or unpaid.  An early search to identify an internship opportunity is recommended.

Essentially, the student must have identified a job/internship AND received faculty approval so that the student can be given permission to register for the appropriate undergraduate (CIS 4970) or graduate (CIS 8391) field study course that provides academic credit to the student for the internship job. Internship course registration is during normal class registration periods, so students interested in an internship must prepare a semester ahead! (i.e. If you want to start an internship in the Spring, find the internship job during Fall semester.)

Here are the four basic steps:
1. Student finds an IT-related position which is a candidate for an internship
Find an IT-related position through your own search efforts - which is what many do,
or use the Robinson Career Management Center to help you find an IT-related position:
 - Undergraduates can contact Jennifer Hopkins in the Robinson Career Management Center for assistance
 - Graduate students can contact Sharon Cohen in the Robinson Career Management Center for assistance

Hint: If you are interested in a particular industry, job function, or company, then find someone in that organization willing to offer you an internship.

2. Find a CIS faculty member ( full professor, associate, assistant professor, or instructor) to approve the internship and become your supervising professor during the internship. Note: adjunct professors can not be your sponsor. Link to the CIS faculty list.
The professor supervises the student during the internship. The student should seek out a CIS professor and ask him/her to be their supervisor for the internship semester. A clear understanding of the internship needs to be documented in a proposal and discussed with the CIS faculty member. This is the initial document you present to the professor to get approval for the internship. See below:
A : Write proposal describing your internship for the CIS professor
Internship Proposal [example]  <- click for proposal example; here is where you describe:
I. semester, year of internship work (e.g. Spring Semester, 2012 Internship)
II. company/organization you would be working for
III. objectives/tasks/activities you will be doing and learning
IV. dates for when you will learn/accomplish them over the course of the semester (You MUST show dates)

B : Get authorization form signed for permission to register

Link to CIS 4970 Authorization Form <- undergraduate students
Link to CIS 8391 Authorization Form <- graduate students

C : Submit employment letter from supervisor with form

Please ask your internship employer to confirm in writing that you are working for them during your internship semester [can be an e-mail from the company; written MS Word document preferred]. A job offer letter on company letterhead is also sufficient.

* Undergraduate students would be getting authorization for
CIS 4970 Field Study in Computer Information Systems (<- click for course description)
* Graduate students would be getting authorization for
CIS 8391 Field Study in Computer Information Systems (<- click for course description)

3. After approval is given by a CIS faculty member, the student will be
cleared to register for the field study class, either CIS 4970 or CIS 8391 
Registration for the field study class is during normal registration periods - so the student must prepare (get a job and CIS faculty approval) BEFORE registration ends if they will be working at their internship during that semester. Your supervising professor will tell a CIS staff member to enter permission for you to register after the professor is satisfied with your proposal and you have filled out the authorization form.

> You will get an "ERROR" if you try to register for CIS 4970 or CIS 8391
without getting approval! Complete step 2 shown above.

4. The field study classes have tasks which must be performed during the internship
You work with your supervising professor on these deliverables.

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Walter Rich, internship coordinator in the CIS Department, can help answer questions:

     For additional information, please check the following links:

     CIS Internship Program Office

     Employer Information

     Successful Internship Cases



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