Internships

The Internship Program represents a positive step in developing partnerships with education and enterprises. The CIS Internship Program, part of the WTAMU Internship and Cooperative Education program, is designed to offer students learning opportunities outside of the classroom through job experience related to the field of computer information systems. Each semester, the Computer Information & Decision Management (CIDM) Department places student interns in a wide variety of businesses, organizations, and agencies where they interact with professionals and participate in solving day-to-day problems. The internship opportunity provides students with increased understanding of principles learned in the classroom, the potential to develop a network of professional contacts, enhanced self-confidence and skills, and the ability to earn money for college and personal expenses.

The CIS Program fully supports academic credit for your Internship experience.  All internship opportunities for academic credit are under the full academic supervision of the Computer Information & Decision Management Department. The Internship Program of the CIDM department offers undergraduate students the opportunity to get course credit while gaining work experience in a CIS-related technical and/or business area. Note: the CIDM department encourages students to get IT work experience even if they cannot get course credit. A CIS undergraduate that obtains an internship for course credit (officially called the CIDM 4398) can use the CIS 4398 course to REPLACE any advanced elective course in the CIS program.

The CIS internship for class credit program is designed to complement a student's formal education with practical work experience. It is a unique opportunity for students to clarify employment goals, develop a professional network, and learn about a particular industry.  Participating corporations are expecting to receive high-quality work and active participation from the students they sponsor. Experience directly related to a student’s CIS major makes the student more marketable when seeking for full-time positions after graduating. Note that merely working with MS office software is not sufficient - the internship should be in an IT-related field doing IT-related work.

To participate in the internship program for academic credit, a student must be enrolled in the College of Business, in good academic standing,  have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, completed their CIS program core requirement, and be a second semester junior. If you wish to receive academic credit for your Internship, you need to check with your faculty advisor about this option before beginning work.  You will also need to complete all appropriate paperwork as required by the University for enrollment. For more information about the internship program contact Dr. Amjad Abdullat at aabdullat@wtamu.edu.

Essentially, the student must have identified a job/internship opportunity AND received the departmental approval and given permission to register for the internship course CIDM 4398 that provides academic credit to the student for the internship job.  Internship course registration is during normal class registration periods, so students interested in an internship must prepare a semester ahead! (i.e. If you want to start an internship in the spring, find the internship job during Fall semester.)


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