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Computer Science grads, for Explore Magazine, John Kelly photo
The department seeks to be the partner of choice for employers looking for student interns, employees, research collaborators, etc. This page contains information on some of the ways we can engage with employers to connect them with Boise State CS students and alumni. Learn more about our students and graduates here.

Hold an Info-Session

A formal presentation or informal meet and greet allows students to learn more about a company. These can be scheduled in a classroom (better for presentations) or a conference room (better for meet and greets) in our building. Generally, 20-30 students will show up for these events (especially if food/snacks is provided).

If you’re interested in holding an Info-Session, please email computerscience@boisestate.edu. A department representative will respond and get in touch with you to schedule your event and work out logistics.

Give a Tech Talk

A technical talk is a 45-60 minute presentation by a company expert discussing a technical topic relevant to the work done at your company. These can be highly effective in getting students interested in you company. These talks may be proposed as part of the required CS 498 Senior Seminar which is held during the lunch hour on Fridays throughout the semester or one their own any other time. Giving a Senior Seminar Tech Talk is advantageous as all enrolled are required to attend and many not enrolled will also attend based on the topic (or if food is provided). Spring 2016 Senior Seminars have seen 70+ students in attendance with 50 students enrolled in CS 498. Non-Senior Seminar talk attendance ranges widely but tends to be around 35 students.

If you’re interested in giving a Tech Talk, please email computerscience@boisestate.edu. A department representative will respond and get in touch with you to schedule your event and work out logistics.

“I’ve been involved in hiring at Clearwater Analytics for over 7 years, and one thing stands out as an indicator of how well a recent college graduate will do in an interview: Have they had a meaningful internship? That one factor is a better predictor of how a student will do in our interview process than the school they are attending or their GPA. It’s one of the main reasons we have a strong internship program each summer. It is the best preparation for students to excel outside of the academic world. Nothing will better prepare you for your first “real” job than a meaningful internship, where you contribute alongside everyone else. You learn a LOT, have a lot of fun doing it, and the best part is they pay you!” – James Price, Head of Development, Clearwater Analytics

“I’ve been involved in hiring for over 7 years and one thing stands out as an indicator of how well a recent college grad will do in an interview: Have they had a meaningful internship? This is a better predictor of how a student will do in our interview process than the school they are attending or their GPA. Nothing will better prepare you for your first “real” job than a meaningful internship, where you contribute alongside everyone else. You learn a LOT, have a lot of fun doing it, and the best part is you get paid!”
– James Price, Head of Development, Clearwater Analytics

Hire Students and Graduates as Employees or Interns

At least 80% of our students participate in paid internships at local software companies.  This experience allows students to “hit the ground running”, making them invaluable assets for prospective employers. An internship experience offers students practical hands-on work experience, the opportunity to see first-hand whether a particular field is a good match, the chance to practice what they’ve learned in the classroom, first-hand knowledge of an organization, academic credit, financial security while taking classes, and an opportunity to network and make valuable connections for future jobs.

Depending on the quality and applicability of the opportunity, the department will forward internship/job opportunities from employers to students. Please send an e-mail to computerscience@boisestate.edu with the exact announcement you’d like forwarded. The announcement should at least include information about your organization, the job title and expectations as well as contact information and instructions on how to apply for the opportunity. These details may be provided in the email body and/or in an attachment. If the job is posted elsewhere (such as a careers page on your website), please still provide this brief information and the url to learn more. Peak hiring for summer internships or employment often begins in November of the year before but can go through the spring semester. Want to discuss your internship program (starting or modifying one)? Contact computerscience@boisestate.edu to set up an appointment with our department chair or associate chair who will help you succeed in your efforts.

To learn more about the formal internship process for students seeking to gain credit for their internship experience (not required), please visit http://coen.boisestate.edu/jconrad/internships/.

Propose a Senior Design Project

All CS undergraduate students must complete a senior design project in CS 481. Teams of 4-5 students combine to select projects from submitted proposals. These projects are small enough that they can be completed in a little over one semester. A proposal template and additional details can be found on the CS 481 Sponsors page and past senior design projects are documented here. Companies like Balihoo, Clearwater Analytics, Cradlepoint, WinCo and NGOs like the BLM and IDLA have all benefited from this program with most projects being monetized or employed by the sponsors after completion.

Participate in the Expand.CS Scholarship/Internship Program

Fund vital scholarships and get the inside track on identifying and forming relationships with top students by becoming an Expand.CS industry partner. You can view the program flyer here and/or email jordanmorales@boisestate.edu to learn more about the program and join several other Idaho companies in the effort to expand local tech talent. This program is a great addition (or kickstarter) to any company’s internship program as partners are provided with all scholarship application materials which includes a resume, transcripts and faculty feedback. Internship programs are vital to recruiting new CS graduates. More than three fourths of CS graduates held paid internships prior to graduation and most often these internships began immediately following their sophomore year.

Attend University and College Career Fairs

Boise State holds career fairs in the spring and fall of each year, usually in mid-October and late-February. This is the premier career fair event for CS students. More info can be found here.

Additionally, the Boise State College of Engineering holds an engineering specific career fair in the fall. More info can be found here. Please contact Leandra Aburusa at laburusa@boisestate.edu or 208-7426-4432 if you have any questions.