The Computing Sciences Internship and Co-op Programs
There is a wide variety of internship opportunities for students both on-campus and off-campus. There are jobs and internship fairs in both semesters. Contact the Office of Career Services for details. There are also a number of on-campus opportunities available. Check with ITS Drake Laboratories, other campus laboratories, and Telecommunications and Networking Services.
Through the Internship program (CIS 492 or CSC 492), students without previous employment experience in the computing field can earn three credits during one semester for work done outside the usual academic setting. The program is intended to extend and enrich the student's knowledge of computer applications, and to develop skills in analyzing problems involving current computing technologies.
Past projects have involved applications in business programming, process control, educational programming, software engineering, graphics, database design, and data communications. Past local sponsors have included Eastman Kodak, Xerox Corporation, Bausch & Lomb, Paychex, Wegmans, Frontier Communications, Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and City of Rochester Police Department.
Eligibility requirements: To be eligible for an internship, the student must:
- Have at least junior standing in the College (54 credits).
- Be a computer science or computer information systems major with at least 18 credits of course work in the major with at least a 3.00 major GPA.
- Be fluent in at least one high-level programming language (e.g., Java, C/C++, or Visual Basic).
Individual internship sponsors may have additional requirements, such as knowledge of specific languages, subjects, or software. Besides meeting the formal prerequisites, internship candidates should be self-motivated and interested in real-world learning, and should have good communication and problem-solving skills.
Restrictions: Certain forms of work experience are expressly excluded from consideration for internships:
- Internships are not open to students who are already employed in the computing field.
- No internship placement can be based on existing employment.
- Internship credit cannot be given for projects already completed or in progress.
- Internship credits cannot be counted towards the major elective requirement.
Locating internship opportunities
- When the Department is informed of an internship opportunity, we post the relevant information immediately on Blackboard to the Computer Information Systems (CIS) Majors and Computer Science (CSC) Majors groups.
- The Career Services Office maintains a database of internship opportunities (211 Dailey Hall; 395-2159). You can do an online search to find suitable openings.
- There are on-campus jobs and internship fairs in both semesters. Contact Career Services Office for detail. There are also a number of on-campus opportunities available. Check with ITS Drake Laboratories, other campus laboratories, and Telecommunications and Networking Services.
- Students should not expect academic credit for all internships. Students may want to explore internship just for experience and additional qualification. In recent years, students have pursued summer internships (with no academic credit) at out-of-town organizations such as:
- If academic credit is needed, there are two ways to proceed. But, in either case,
a number of requirements must be met:
- Brockport Career Exploration Course (Recommended for freshmen and sophomores): Contact the Career Services Office (211 Dailey Hall; 395-5422).
- CIS 492 or CSC 492 (Recommended for juniors and seniors): Contact Ms. Melissa Coleman in the Computing Sciences Department (110B Brown; 395-2146; firstname.lastname@example.org) to identify the Internship Coordinator, and then contact the Internship Coordinator.
- Each interested student should submit a résumé and a completed Internship Application Form to the Internship Coordinator, who will then check the eligibility of the applicant for internship. The appropriate time for this initial step is before or during the pre-registration period in the semester before the intended internship.
- Complete Move the Box - Form A found here. Make a statement on the internship application at the end of the project description that you have completed the Move the Box - Form A. The College policy on this form is available on our policy website.
- If the applicant meets the eligibility requirements, he/she should actively locate an internship opportunity.
- Assuming a suitable placement is found, the student must identify a job-site supervisor and a full-time department faculty member who agrees to serve as his/her faculty mentor.
- The student should complete any missing information in the Internship Application Form and prepare a Statement of Work, in consultation with the job-site supervisor. The Statement of Work must be approved by the job-site supervisor and the faculty mentor.
- The Internship Coordinator then permits the student to register for CIS 492 or CSC 492, as appropriate.
Each student intern will:
- Work a total of at least 125 hours over the semester for the sponsor (a minimum of approximately 10 hours per week for 13 weeks).
- Spend the work time solely on a project or projects specified before the internship begins.
- Keep a daily journal of all time spent, activities, accomplishments, new skills and concepts learned, reflections, etc., typed and formatted in a professional manner, to document the experience with the sponsor. The journal will be made available to the student's job-site supervisor, the faculty mentor, and to the Internship Coordinator in the Department of Computing Sciences.
- Meet weekly with the Department of Computing Sciences internship mentor.
- Participate in a final evaluation of the internship experience.
Evaluation and grading
The faculty mentor reports the grade to the Internship Coordinator. An internship experience is considered completed when the student has worked the planned 125 hours, and all evaluation materials have been received by the faculty mentor. The faculty mentor decides the grade, taking into consideration the self-evaluation by student, job-site supervisor's evaluation, and his/her own evaluation based on time sheets and progress reports. The final grade is based on the following evaluation items, weighted as shown:
- 30%-On-site evaluation by the job-site supervisor.
- 30%-Journal and weekly meetings with the faculty mentor.
- 30%-Technical documentation, e.g.: program listings and documentation; system diagrams, graphs, etc.; sample runs; and user manuals.
- 10%-Final evaluation, including student's self-evaluation.
Possibility of Pay for Internship Work
A student can combine an internship with paid co-op experience, providing all requirements for both the internship and co-op are met. In particular, the student must identify a well-defined subset of the co-op experience that qualifies for the internship program, and finalize all internship plans before the experience begins.