The internship experience “bridges the gap” between the computer science academic environment and a future work environment. It provides an opportunity for students to gain work experience for employers to consider when hiring. Students who participate in internships have the potential to gain more confidence, to become more knowledgeable about the workplace, and to become more qualified when seeking employment.
Specific Internship objectives include:
- To help students make informed information systems career choices by seeking potential places of employment, practicing resume’ and cover letter writing, obtaining references, and interviewing.
- To provide students an opportunity to apply what was learned during coursework (theory, application, skill development, professionalism) to an intensive field experience with hands-on work.
- To broaden the students’ understanding of organizational management, technical requirements, communication techniques, and decision-making processes.
- To allow the employer to benefit from a intern who has a fresh perspective and who has gained knowledge about the latest technologies.
- To allow the intern to assume responsibilities of a non-Intern employee and to function with a minimum of supervision.
- To provide LLCC computer science students with valid work experience to include as part of their work history.
All interns must:
- Be seeking a degree in Computer Science at Lincoln Land Community College which includes the Computer Information Systems Associate in Arts or the Computer Systems Associate in Science.
- Have met a minimum requirement of 30 total semester hours of course work at LLCC.
- Be in good academic standing and not on academic probation for one full semester preceding the Internship.
- Sign a liability waiver and/or take out insurance. Note: The organization has the right to refuse an Intern. Although the organization benefits from the services of an intern, payment is not required.
- Complete a minimum of 225 hours of work experience to earn 3 credit hours. The Intern’s work schedule will be determined by the student and the employer internship supervisor.
- If required by the employer, submit to an organization’s background investigation and physical as required by the organization on all regularly employed persons.
- Receive written approval from parent or guardian if less than 21 years of age. Be at least 18 years old.
Internship candidates should prepare one full semester in advance of the semester in which the internship is targeted. It is the responsibility of the intern to find an internship location. This process allows the intern to utilize much needed job hunting skills. Here are some helpful preparation tasks:
- Review your cover letter and resume with an LLCC Internship Coordinator. (Go to Career Services for assistance.). Seek advice about the interview process and other important job seeking skills as needed.
- Obtain a copy of your transcript from the LLCC customer service desk. Confirm that 30 total semester hours at LLCC have been completed and that you’re academic status is favorable (not on academic probation for one full semester preceding the Internship).
- Send your internship information to potential Internship locations.
To begin the process, download and complete the Internship Application.