I491 Capstone project internship

The School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering believes real-world experience is a valuable part of any educational program. Internships provide an avenue for students to build that critical experience, and SICE students can receive credit for selected, career-related work that involves professional activity representative of informatics.

Our I491 Capstone Project Internship course allows students to build real-world experience in a professional setting while also fulfilling the capstone experience requirement that would otherwise be satisfied in the I494-495 course sequence.

Major considerations for the approval of a capstone project internship include whether the internship experience involves a substantial technological component that provides the intern learning opportunities that stretch the individual’s skillset in some non-trivial manner. Many capstone project internships involve a large project component, but this is not absolutely necessary.

Students are required to complete 6 credit hours of I491 to satisfy the informatics capstone requirement. (360 hours of supervised work). A maximum of 6 credits are allowed for I491.

Prerequisites

  • Must be admitted to the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering
  • Must be enrolled in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, and have satisfactorily completed the core classes through I308
  • Must be in good academic standing (minimum cumulative and major GPA of 2.0 or better)
  • Must be either a junior or senior

PLEASE NOTE: All internships for academic credit are subject to standard course fees for the University. Use the Office of the Bursar's Tuition Estimator to estimate your semester fees.

Additionally, applications received fewer than five business days before classes start for the semester during which the internship will take place will be subject to late registration fees.

Finding employment

There are multiple avenues to find an internship that will satisfy the requirements for our I491 course. They include:

  • Through University Career Fairs in the fall or spring semester
  • Through on-line internship postings in the Career Services SICE Careers system or other online resources
  • Through your own personal contacts or efforts to secure your own internship
  • Through other assistance from SICE Career Services

Approval

I491 internships must be approved by SICE before authorization to enroll is given based on the prerequisites listed above.

Applications must be submitted two weeks prior to the official start date of the internship or no later than the following dates, whichever is earlier.

  • Fall Semester: October 1 (Latest internship start date October 15)
  • Spring Semester: February 1 (Latest internship start date February 15)
  • Summer Semester: June 1 (Latest internship start date June 15)

Applications not following this rule will be rejected.

To receive course credit, a student must first secure an internship by receiving and accepting an offer from an employer. Once a student has an internship, he or she will need to complete the application process. Applications can be accessed through SICE Careers by logging into the student’s account. Underneath the "My Account" tab, select "Internships for Credit" and select the internship course desired. The application requires some basic information about the employer as well as details about your internship dates, hours, and position title. Students will also need to include their project proposal and learning objectives.

Applications go through a three-step approval process:

  1. Manager Approval. Career Services ensure the student has met all prerequisites and will be working the required 360 hours.
  2. Employer Approval. The internship supervisor will review the application to be sure that the application has accurately outlined the project(s), hours, dates, etc. The employer must also agree to complete an end-of-semester evaluation on the intern's performance.
  3. Instructor Approval. The faculty instructor will either approve or reject the internship for credit application.
    • If approved, students will receive an email with the details to enroll.
    • If the faculty instructor rejects the application, the student will receive an email with the subject line "Important information about your Internship for Credit Application." The email will explain that the application had not been approved at this time, and will detail the reason(s) why.