Experiential Learning (Internships)

The informatics degrees have an applied learning component. Please visit Applied Informatics for more details.

It is recommended that all students seek to secure an IT-related internship in order to not only supplement the education that they receive in the classroom, but to also increase their marketability upon graduation.

Some internships will provide students with an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom in a real world setting. Such internships may be eligible for INFO 3393 credit:

INFO 3393 – Informatics Internship
1-3 Credits — F, S
Internship program coordinated by faculty providing significant exposure to informatics issues. May not be used to fulfill major requirements. May be repeated for up to 3 credits. Graded S/U.

Other internships go beyond what is learned in the classroom. Such internships may involve extensive software development that enhances a student's requirements gathering skills as well as provides an opportunity to apply skills learned in Systems Analysis and Design or Database Design and Implementation, or to learn and apply alternative approaches. Or, such internships may expose students to skills for which the program lacks the resources to bring into the classroom on a large scale, such as implementing virtual servers or installing systems on a computing platform "in the cloud". Such internships may be eligible for INFO 4493 credit:

INFO 4493 – Advanced Business Informatics Internship
3 Credits — F, S
Significant business experience coordinated by the faculty to provide broad exposure to business informatics issues.

Contact the INFO department chair or the College of Business Director of Professional Development for more details.