Internships

Students in all Institute of Technology majors have the opportunity to receive academic credit for degree-related, paid or non-paid work experience referred to as an internship. The number of internship credits allowed to count towards Institute degree requirements are different for each major program. Institute students may earn a maximim of 5 internship credits in one quarter. This applies to all Institute majors. Students must complete the required prerequisite coursework before starting a degree-related internship. Once a student has completd an internship, they are required to give a presentation to show their work at the End of the Quarter Colloquium.

An internship is required for Information Technology majors but not for Computer Science or Computer Engineering majors. For questions or information about internships please attend Andrew Fry's open office hours displayed below:

Autumn 2017 - Internship Office Hours

Wednesdays - 11 - 12:30 pm in CP (Cherry Parkes) 133
Thursdays - 3 - 4 pm in the VIBE at TLB (Tioga Library Building) 307

2017-2018 End of the Quarter Colloquium Dates

(Subject to change)

Autumn - December 1st

Winter - March 9th 

Spring - June 1st

Summer - August 10th

Resources
 

Completing an Internship in Computer Science

STEP

ACTION

1. Complete the internship document

It is advisable to complete the internship document and then consultation with the faculty advisor to ensure that it meets all requirements.

2. Read the assumptions about participation

 

3. Submit completed form to CP 133 front desk students

You may submit the completed and signed internship form to the CP 133 front desk or to Andrew Fry. Evaluation criteria will be reviewed to ensure you meet program competency requirements.

4. Studnets must register to enroll in TCSS

Once approval is granted, you will receive an entry code to enroll. You can earn between 1 and 5 credits per quarter. Each individual credit requires 4 hours per week of effort on the project for a 10-week period (e.g., earning 5 credits requires 20 hours of effort on the project for a ten-week period — a total of 200 hours).

5. Completing TCSS course

 

Please review faculty syllabus.

6. Prepare quarterly status report and final report

This is outlined in more detail within the syllabus.

7. Present final project at the end of the year colloquium

In order to have completed the requirements for TCSS, you must present your work at the end of the quarter colloquium. Colloquia will be scheduled each quarter as needed.

8. Receive final evaluation and grade

The faculty advisor will evaluate the final project and determine the grade according to the criteria agreed on in your internship proposal. The grade will take into account the quality of your report and presentation.

Completing an Internship in all other programs

STEP

ACTION

  1. Identify a faculty advisor

You should first consult Andrew Fry, Assistant Director of Industry Partnerships if you are not sure which faculty to approach. Ideally, the faculty member selected should be one who is familiar with you and is willing to nominate you for this project.

  1. Complete the Internship document

It is advisable to complete the internship document and then consultation with the Andrew Fry to ensure that it meets all requirements.

  1. Read the assumptions about participation

 

  1. Submit completed form to CP 133 front desk students

You may submit the completed and signed internship form to the CP 133 front desk or to Andrew Fry. Evaluation criteria will be reviewed to ensure you meet program competency requirements.

  1. Students must register to enroll in TCES 497 or TINFO 497

Once approval is granted, you will receive an entry code to enroll. You can earn between 1 and 5 credits per quarter. Each individual credit requires 4 hours per week of effort on the project for a 10-week period (e.g., earning 5 credits requires 20 hours of effort on the project for a ten-week period — a total of 200 hours).

  1. Completing TCES 497 or TINFO 497

 

Please review faculty syllabus.

  1. Prepare quarterly status report and final report

This is outlined in more detail within the syllabus.

  1. Present final project at the end of the year colloquium

In order to have completed the requirements for TCES or TINFO 497, you must present your work at the end of the quarter colloquium. Colloquia will be scheduled each quarter as needed.

  1. Receive final evaluation and grade

The faculty advisor will evaluate the final project and determine the grade according to the criteria agreed on in your internship proposal. The grade will take into account the quality of your report and presentation.

Internship Application Documents

How to find Internships

Finding internships is like every other job hunt. You are actively searching for an internship that best suits you. This entails developing your resume and cover letter. They should be tailored to each internship you apply for. Be prepared to provide references, letters of recommendation, and to send out thank you notes and follow up after the interview. Having an effective resume and cover letter are key to getting an interview.

Students should not be discouraged with their lack of work experience. As a student, you should highlight your academic accomplishments. Examples of accomplishments could be a project that demonstrated your ability to use tools and software learned in the classroom or highlight your leadership skills that demonstrate your ability to manage, organize, motivate and represent your group.

Internships offer employers a chance to involve students in professional design, implementation and research projects. Many employers view internships as a way to discover qualified, experienced employees.

If you need help getting started, please visit Career Development on campus located at:
Mattress Factory (MAT) 106
253-692-4421
tcareer@uw.edu

http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/node/37527

What are the requirements

Students interested in receiving credit for internships must complete the core requirements for their program. The course strives to develop opportunities for degree-related, work experiences for all Institute students. Please review curriculum requirements:

Computer Engineering and Systems
Computer Science and Systems
Information Technology

How are you graded

A faculty sponsor, a sponsoring organization professional mentor, and the student will form the internship team and together they develop the detailed project plan. The plan must clearly identify the learning objectives and the program competencies that are further developed through participation in the internship. The student will write a formal report detailing his/her project and their accomplishments. The report and an evaluation by the faculty sponsor and the senior professional mentor will determine the grade for the internship. This report will be a public document.

The grading criteria will be outlined in the syllabus. The faculty sponsor will evaluate the final project and determine the grade according to the criteria agreed on in the internship proposal. The grade criteria will include the quality of the report and the presentation.

Students will need to turn in a Title, Abstract, and Company Sponsor information (including contact information for post internship surveys) in the eighth week of the quarter. This is essential for use at the end of the quarter colloquium.

NOTE: A copy of the final report must be included in the student’s file. A copy will also be made available for anyone who requests it. It is essentially a public document.

End of the year colloquium and Poster Sessions

During the end of the quarter colloquium, students do poster presentations in regards to their internship, directed reading or research.

Poster Session Information

A poster presentation is a visual communication tool that gets the presenter's main point across to as many people as possible. It also helps the presenter engage in conversation with colleagues or fellow-students about their work. A poster can be a big piece of poster paper, a trifold presentation board or a laptop with a running slide show of a few slides that can communicate your research and is composed of:

- a short title
- an introduction to your project or internship
- an overview of your approach and the technology you used
- the results of your work, (often in screen shot format or graphical representation)
- conclusions drawn from those results
- an acknowledgement of your faculty and industry sponsors

By keeping it as concise as possible, you should be able to hit all the major points and cover your experience in ten minutes or less. Poster sessions are utilized by a faculty sponsor as part of the grading process for the student coursework. Grading rubrics are determined by the faculty sponsor.

Thanks to the Michigan State page on poster sessions - http://fod.msu.edu/oir/poster-presentations

Also, thanks to Penn State University reference guidelines - http://www.writing.engr.psu.edu/posters.html