CDM encourages experiential learning by providing internship courses that may be taken for credit. Internship courses are available for undergraduate and graduate students.
Undergraduate students may enroll in either CSC 298 or DC 298 to satisfy the Liberal Studies Program requirement in Experiential Learning. Students in the School of Computing enroll in CSC 298 and students in the School of Cinema and Interactive Media enroll in DC 298. Each course carries 4 credit hours.
An undergraduate may earn additional credits through internships. Either CSC 398 or DC 299 may be taken for up to 8 credit hours. However, neither of these courses satisfies the Liberal Studies Program requirement in Experiential Learning. Click here for detailed instructions for CSC 398.
In summary, an undergraduate student may earn as many as 12 credit hours through internships.
- 4 credit hours through either CSC 298 or DC 298 (LSP Experiential Learning credit)
- as many as 8 more credit hours through either CSC 398 or DC 299
Graduate students in the School of Computing may enroll in CSC 697 for a maximum of 4 credit hours and students in the School of Cinema and Interactive Media may enroll in DC 499 for a variable number of credit hours. The expected use of DC 499 is for large projects.
- Secure an internship.
- International Students must obtain the appropriate practical training form and meet with an advisor in the CDM Academic Center for approval. (http://oiss.depaul.edu/Requests/Forms/index.asp)
to MyCDM and click the “MyInternships” link on the left.
the Internship application form is submitted, a workflow is initiated as
- Employer Verification-> Academic Success Center Verification (International Students Only) -> Faculty Approval -> Academic Success Center Processes Registration
- You will receive email notifications at each major step of the workflow process.
If the internship application is approved, you will be enrolled in the course.
In addition to internships that meet CDM requirements, students are eligible to participate in DePaul’s University Internship Program (UIP). UIP has tools and resources to help you:
- Explore potential careers and industries
- Graduate with professional work experience
- Apply classroom learning in internship settings
- Establish a network of professional contacts, mentors and references
- Fulfill your Experiential Learning Requirement
Go to DePaul’s University Internship Program website to learn more or meet with the CDM Career Advisor.
Search and Apply for Internships on DePaul.Experience
Do you already have a computer related job that you'd like to apply towards internship credit? Since many students are already working, they can apply to have their job approved for internship credit. The benefit of this approach is that you already have the job and don't have to spend the time looking for another one.
In order to receive internship credit, students must work during the quarter in which they earn the credit (retroactive credit is not allowed.) Internship experiences should be highly reflective and meaningful. In the internship class, students write about their work and reflect on the culture of the workplace, and about how this workplace fulfills their career aims.
Many employers create jobs that are intended for students that are called “internships” and do not require that the students be enrolled in an internship class while they complete the internship. They are usually short-term jobs that are used to attract future, full-time employees or they are a cost-effective way to get some technology work done during tight budget times.
While these opportunities may not offer class credit, they can often offer great experience that you can list on your resume when looking for that first job after graduation.
Some corporations offer formal summer internship programs. These programs are usually very competitive and require students to apply for them months ahead of time.
Summer internships are occasionally combined with research opportunities for those who are considering graduate study in computer science. There are a number of ways to obtain these special internships.
International students in the graduate program who wish to take CSC 697 or DC 499
must first attend one of the Curricular Practical Training information sessions offered by the International Student Office (ISO)
. Following attendance at one of these sessions, you will need to make a follow-up appointment with an ISO staff member to apply for curricular practical training employment authorization.
Please note that you are required by law to obtain this authorization before you begin your employment. Questions? For more information e-mail CDM Advising.