Internship Requirements and Eligibility

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Learn About the Internship Program Requirements.

There are some key considerations to keep in mind when beginning to plan for an internship. The first step is to contact the IT internship coordinator, who will review your course transcripts, GPA, and overall degree plan to determine eligibility.  The internships are elective courses taken toward the end of your degree plan.The Master of Science in Information Technology internship courses (IT 597 and IT 598 are taken sequentially in the last two terms, and replace the capstone course IT 599). It’s important to consult with the coordinator early in your coursework. We need to ensure you have the elective credits available to enroll, have earned sufficient credits overall, and your GPA meets the program requirements.

There are two actions for you to follow:

      1. Make sure you are eligible to participate

      2. Start planning which upcoming term(s) would work best for your schedule and degree plan

Email the IT internship coordinator with questions:

  • The undergraduate internships have a required number of credits earned (listed below), and 3.0 GPA. Eligibility for the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) internship courses (IT 597 and IT 598), requires a 3.0 GPA, and being within two terms of graduation. To qualify for federal financial aid, it is recommended that MSIT interns plan to take an additional 4-credit course concurrently with each internship course. 

    We can help you confirm the number of credits completed and forecast an upcoming term that may be a good time frame to enroll in the internship course. The specific program requirements are listed below for your reference.

    IT 296: Associate's Level Information Technology Internship

    • Recommended 60+ credits completed or working experience 
    • We suggest second-to-last or final term if possible 

    IT 479: Bachelor's Level Cybersecurity Internship

    • Recommended 125+ credits completed or working experience
    •   We suggest second-to-last or final term if possible

    IT 489: Bachelor's Level Information Technology Internship

    • Recommended 125+ credits completed or working experience 
    • We suggest second-to-last or final term if possible 

    IT 597 and IT 598: MSIT Internship

    • Should be in the final two terms  
    • Federal financial aid requires taking an additional course with each internship course

    The following criteria apply to both the undergraduate and MSIT internships:

    • Can be paid or unpaid position depending on employer 
    • Cannot be at current place of employment 
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 
    • Work a minimum of 10 hours per week at the site and complete course requirements 

    The timelines are very important as well:

    • Check the calendar for the start of term date you are interested in 
    • At a minimum, 3 weeks are needed for planning and approvals
    • Don't wait until the last minute! 
  • The MSIT internship courses, IT 597 and IT 598, bachelor’s level IT 489/IT 479 and the associate’s level course IT 296 all follow the same format. An instructor is assigned to each course and will stay in contact with both the student and the internship supervisor throughout the term. They are available for any questions you may have throughout the term.

    In addition to your 10 hours “on the job” each week, the following coursework is required:

    • Journal entries: At the end of each unit, you will summarize/ reflect upon your daily experiences in one Weekly Journal entry. The journal posts focus on what you accomplished during your internship that week. These replace the typical Discussion Boards. 
    • LinkedIn profile (IT 296, IT 479, IT 489, IT 597, and IT 598): We work closely with Career Services to prepare you to market yourself. During this course, you'll develop a LinkedIn profile to demonstrate knowledge gained throughout the degree plan. 
    • Research project (IT 296, IT 479, IT 489, IT 597, and IT 598): There is one research project developed throughout each course. The goal is to identify a process improvement topic at the internship site and research a set of solutions. For instance, network administration students have researched solutions for disaster recovery and cloud storage for data archive. 
    • Supervisor evaluations: During the midterm and end of term, your supervisor will provide feedback regarding your performance and progress on assigned tasks. We also confirm all time requirements have been met through the survey data. 
    • Student evaluation: We also value your input! We are interested in your opinions regarding the internship experience and how well prepared you were for the tasks assigned. We ask for your feedback and any suggestions for how we can continue to improve the program. 
  • Note: Only fill out the Internship Application if you plan to pursue an internship outside of Purdue Global.

    • To apply for external internships that you have identified, you will need to fill out application before you begin preparing for an internship in an upcoming term. After turning in the completed application to Student Support, the formal process will begin. The internship coordinator will evaluate your progress regarding earned credits and GPA.
    • After the application is approved, the next step is for the Internship Director to contact the organization’s recommended contact person. They will discuss who will officially be your internship supervisor, the roles and responsibilities you will be assigned, any sort of required training, and the support you will receive throughout your internship experience. 
    • Speak with Student Support to complete the IT internship application.
    • After your application process has been completed and approved, the next steps are to review the Internship Handbook and Code of Conduct form. You will be required to sign the Code of Conduct form to confirm that you understand what will be expected of you during your internship experience. The handbook contains details about the course and professional expectations and also includes samples of the evaluation forms to be used by the site supervisor and the student at the end of the term. Contact the internship coordinator with questions about the handbook.

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