Internships Policies and Courses


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 Film 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 Cinematic Arts and School of Design enroll in Film 298. Each course carries 4 credit hours.

An undergraduate may earn additional credits through internships. Either CSC 398 or Film 299 may be taken for up to 8 credit hours. However, neither of these courses satisfies the Liberal Studies Program requirement in Experiential Learning.

In summary, an undergraduate student may earn as many as 12 credit hours through internships.

  • 4 credit hours through either CSC 298 or Film 298 (LSP Experiential Learning credit)
  • A maximum of 8 credit hours through either CSC 398 or Film 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 Cinematic Arts or School of Design may enroll in Film 499 for a variable number of credit hours.

How to Enroll in an Internship Course

  • Secure an internship.
  • International Students must obtain the appropriate practical training form and meet with an advisor in the CDM Academic Center for approval.
  • Login to MyCDM and click the “MyInternships” link.
  • Once the Internship application form is submitted, a workflow is initiated as follows: 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.

University Internship Program (UIP)

In addition to internships that meet CDM requirements, students are eligible to participate in DePaul’s University Internship Program (UIP). UIP connects you with employers in short-term and long-term internships. 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 by taking a 4-credit UIP course while working

To learn more, meet with an advisor in your career community.

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Jobs Approved For Internship Credit

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.

Internships With No Class Credit

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.