Applied Education

The applied educational component involves an internship or practicum intended to expand learning beyond the classroom by providing students with "hands-on" experience in a real-world environment. Such experiences help students synthesize their previous coursework, develop competence in professional practice, apply knowledge to the solution of informatics problems, and develop a respect for and a commitment to continued professional knowledge.

Internships not only supplement the education that students receive in the classroom, but they also provide students with work experience to enhance their marketability upon graduation.


Business informatics offers two levels of internship, both of which are explained here.

Both the undergraduate and graduate health informatics degrees have a health informatics practicum as their cornerstone, requiring field experience in a health informatics setting consistent with the student’s career goals. More information can be found here.

Computer Science

While an applied educational component is not required in the Computer Science program, internships through local employers such as the Idaho National Lab and Intel Security are still readily available for enterprising CS students.

Applied Informatics Team

The ICS program also manages the Applied Informatics Team that employs a group of undergraduate and graduate students. The program connects experienced faculty, talented students, and university resources with our business and university partners to solve real world problems and provide students with opportunities to learn and grow through applied informatics projects. The program aspires to not only provide students with real-world experience, but also to develop solutions that help to stimulate economic growth and development opportunities.