Career Services


CSCI Y399 Project in Professional Practice

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.

The Y399 project internship satisfies an advanced course requirement. 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 60 hours of supervised work per credit hour of their project internship to receive an advanced course credit of Y399. There is a maximum of 6 credits allowed for Y399.


  • Be admitted to the School of Informatics and Computing
  • Completion of core courses with a C- or better (C211 or C200, C212, C241, C343)
  • Hold Junior or Senior status
  • Be in good academic standing (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better)

PLEASE NOTE: All internships for academic credit 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

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


Y399 internships must be approved by the SOIC before any authorization to enroll will be given. The approval decision will be based on the prerequisites listed above.

To apply, potential interns should go to the SOIC Careers Site and submit an application (login and click on 'Internship for Credit').

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

School of Informatics and Computing 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 Y399 course.

Major considerations for the approval of a project internship include (1) whether the intern will have a project assignment providing adequate experience, (2) whether student has provided adequate technical details about the project, its goals, technologies used and information about other responsibilities and activities, and (3) will student be able to write the required project report at the conclusion of your internship.

Y399 Deliverables