- PeopleSoft will allow you to enroll after your internship application is approved
- As with any other course, BSU will charge you when you enroll
- An internship cannot be used for an undergraduate CS elective
- An internship counts toward your graduate degree if your advisor approves and incorporates it in your degree program
- A term paper is required and you will receive a Pass/Fail grade
Finding a Job Opening
Work must be completed during the semester in which credit will be awarded. You cannot receive credit for work completed in previous or future semesters.
International student off-campus employment is subject to U.S. government policies, https://www.ice.gov/sevis/practical-training. An academic internship is required if you need it for a general elective; otherwise an internship is not a required course for undergraduate CS students. The International Student Office may limit the number of credit hours you are allowed to receive. Please contact the International Student Office for additional details regarding academic internships.
An internship is required for a graduate student if their academic program includes it; contact your graduate advisor for more information.
To be eligible for undergraduate academic credit:
- Internship work must be related to Computer Science (the “Description of Internship Duties and Learning Objectives” must describe software programming or testing activities — writing static HTML or building a WordPress site will not qualify)
- You must have a grade-point average of 2.00 or better
- No more than 12 internship credits may be applied toward an undergraduate degree; your advisor can help you determine if you need “General Elective” credits (many students don’t).
- Internship credit cannot be used to fulfill a Computer Science Elective
Undergraduate credit is offered at two levels, CS293 for freshmen and sophomores, and CS493 for juniors and seniors. You will typically receive about one hour of academic credit for each three hours/week worked in a technical (software development) job throughout the semester. Please review the BSU policies at, http://career.boisestate.edu/students/internships. Note that, “Internship credit is considered academic credit and will be billed as such depending upon your part- or full-time status during the semester you are participating in the internship.”
Graduate credit is offered as CS590, and a higher standard is used to determine if your “Description of Internship Duties and Learning Objectives” qualifies. Although your work need not include original research nor result in a published paper, your internship application must explain how you will apply existing computing research to your project; you can do this by citing that research. In addition, your internship’s term paper must adhere to professional standards (e.g. ACM, IEEE…) and include a bibliography referencing peer-reviewed papers related to your work.
Merely enrolling in CS590 does not ensure the course will count toward your graduate degree. You are responsible for meeting with your graduate advisor to incorporate CS590 into your academic program (just as you would for any other 500-level course that interests you).
When Can I Register?
You must register for internship credit (see process below) by the “Last day to add undergraduate internship and independent study” on the registrar’s academic calendar for the term in which you will receive credit. This date is usually about one month into the semester.
Internship Application Process
- Start the application process at the BSU Career Center. The “Description of Internship Duties and Learning Objectives” section of your application must clearly identify how your internship relates to your Computer Science major.
- The Career Center will notify me when your application is ready for approval by the Computer Science Department. I reject applications lacking a documented relation to Computer Science.
- The Career Center will eMail a request-for-approval to your employer.
- Within a day or two after the Career Center receives the approvals, PeopleSoft should offer CS293, CS493 or CS590 to you as appropriate.
- Register for class prior to the “Last day to add undergraduate internship or independent study” identified in the registrar’s Academic Calendar.
- Do your internship
- Write your term paper (see below) and submit it via Blackboard
Grading and Term Paper
All internships require submission of a term paper assigned on Blackboard. The undergraduate assignment requires about 2 pages per credit hour. The standards for graduate papers are higher than those for undergraduate students. All papers are due on the last day of classroom instruction and are graded Pass/Fail.