Career Services

I491

I491 Capstone Project Internship

The School of Informatics and Computing believes that real-world experience is a valuable part of an educational program, and so provides  students a way to obtain academic credit for their work experience. In addition, I491 students fulfill the Informatics capstone experience requirement.

The I491 project internship satisfies the capstone experience requirement in place of the I494 - I495 sequence. A student will receive credit for designing, executing, and documenting a project assignment selected in consultation with his or her employer. Employment must involve a project for which the student has substantial independent involvement as well as close supervision by the employer.

Students are required to complete 6 credit hours of I491 to complete the Informatics capstone requirement. (360 hours of supervised work). There is a maximum of 6 credits allowed for I491.

Prerequisites
  • Be admitted to the School of Informatics and Computing
  • Completion of or be currently enrolled in all School of Informatics and Computing core classes through I308
  • Be in good academic standing (minimum cumulative and major GPA of 2.0 or better)
  • Junior or Senior standing

PLEASE NOTE: All internships for academic credits are subject to standard course fees for the University. You can use the Office of the Bursar's Tuition Estimator to estimate your semester fees.

Finding Employment
  • Through University Career Fairs in the fall or spring semester, and/or the Bloomington Technology Partnership Career and Internship Fair in the spring
  • Through on-line internship postings in the Career Services SoIC Careers System or other online resources
  • Through your own personal contacts or efforts to secure your own internship
  • Through the IU Career Development Center on-line postings or fairs (though most will come through the School of Informatics and Computing instead).
  • Through other assistance from Career Services
Approval

I491 internships must be approved by the SOIC before any authorization to enroll is given, based on the prerequisites listed above.

To apply, potential interns should go to the SOIC Careers Site and submit an application.

Applications must be submitted no later than the end of the second week of the semester during which the internship will begin. It is preferred that students submit their application as soon as possible after securing an internship (i.e. the previous semester).

Staff will verify that interns are in full compliance with prerequisite requirements. After the application has been approved, interns will be authorized to register for the I491 course.

Major considerations for the approval of a capstone project internship include whether the internship experience involves a substantial technological component that provides the intern learning opportunities that stretch the intern's skillset in some non-trivial manner. Many capstone project internships involve a large project component, but this is not absolutely necessary.

I491 Deliverables