It’s important to consult with the coordinator early in your coursework to ensure you have the elective credits available to enroll, have earned sufficient credits overall, and your GPA meets the program requirements.
Internship Requirements and Eligibility
Learn About the Internship Program Requirements
The internships are elective courses taken toward the end of your degree plan. For the graduate programs, students take two, 2-credit courses in their last two terms in place of the capstone. This allows them to spend 12 weeks in internship.
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.
There are two actions for you to follow:
- Make sure you are eligible to participate
- Start planning which upcoming term(s) would work best for your schedule and degree plan
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Please email your questions to the IT internship coordinator: ITInternship@purdueglobal.edu.
Eligibility and Requirements
- Eligibility Requirements
The undergraduate and graduate internships require an overall 3.0 GPA. Internship courses are taken in the final terms of the degree plan. To qualify for federal financial aid, it is recommended that graduate interns plan to take an additional 4-credit course concurrently with each internship course in the last two terms.
- Requirements for Undergraduate- and Master's-Level Internships
The graduate and undergraduate internship courses follow the same general 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.
Mandatory meetings: Each intern has two mandatory meetings per week. One is a weekly department meeting for the chosen career path in IT. The second is a weekly All Hands on Deck (AHoD) meeting with all of the interns within the program.
LinkedIn profile: 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/experiential project: There is one research or experiential 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 archives.
Intern alumni options: Interns successfully completing the internships can join the Graduate Information Technology Association (GITA) and remain as mentors or consultants. The alumni support new interns on a more granular level.
- Internship Application for External Placement
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.
- Internship Handbook and Code of Conduct
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.