All undergraduate students in the School of Information Technology are required to complete an internship before their last semester of classes. This fulfills the Professional Practice requirement (IT 398) for your degree.
For four-year students, we recommend getting an internship after your sophomore or junior year. At that point, you've finished your core courses and have a strong academic background. This helps you get the most out of your professional experience. Transfer students should get one as soon as possible. You must complete your internship prior to your last semester of classes.
Getting a job takes time. Make sure you give yourself several months to search and apply for an internship. Every opportunity has a different timeline. Most companies start their internship processes in September. If you're interested in a summer internship, it's essential to search and apply for opportunities during the previous fall semester.
The best way to get an internship is to attend the Fall IT Internship Fair. The fair typically takes place in September. Check your email in the early fall semester for more information.
Attend the fair to learn more about the companies who hire Illinois State interns and the types of jobs available. You'll also get tips on what employers are looking for when it comes to interns.
Attend the fair to learn and apply for jobs that will be available the following summer.
This course is required before completing an internship and helps you research available positions, understand job descriptions, build a resume, and develop interview skills.
The Career Center at Illinois State provides you with career development and employer connections. They also put on a career fair every fall and spring. Attend a fair and meet employers with internship opportunities.
Check out the Career Center website for more events and helpful resources.
If you need help or have questions and challenges during your search, contact the internship coordinator.
We use an email listserv to send out internship information. View the internship listserv subscription instructions.
Some financial assistance, intended to enable students to take advantage of valuable internship experiences they would otherwise not be able to, is available through the Matt And Sue Johanson Internship Assistance Fund.
** Applications for assistance are not currently being accepted. Available funds to assist Summer 2019 internships have been exhausted.
The deadline for submission of your registration is:
Make sure to complete an internship and enroll in IT 398 before your last semester of classes.
Once you find an internship that piques your interest and have a successful interview, here's what to do next.