The CSIT department allows eligible students to receive three (3) hours of upper-level credit by registering for CSCI 3900 while completing an internship that meets the department's guidelines for an approved internship experience. We encourage all students to pursue internships, however, it is not a requirement for students to take CSCI 3900 when completing an internship. Students may pursue an internship experience independent of their coursework.
Students wishing to take CSCI 3900 and receive credit for their internship must ensure their internship meets the following requirements:
- Students must meet with the Internship Coordinator and provide them with a job description
of the internship prior to registering for the internship course or beginning the
- Your internship must be approved before you can register for the internship class and begin working at the internship.
- You may not receive credit retroactively.
- Students must spend a minimum of 192 hours per semester during fall, spring, or the entire summer.
- The internship must be related to your program of study.
- You must be working on-site at an established business, an established non-profit
or a government agency.
- Work-from-home arrangements will be evaluated and may be approved by the Internship Coordinator.
- Internships at APSU are not permitted except for within the Office of Information Technology and the GIS Center.
- Project work for individuals is not permitted and a work location in a private dwelling is not permitted.
- You must have a designated company supervisor to mentor you throughout the internship. This supervisor should be a trained professional in the area of the internship and have the time to dedicate to your training.
- The majority of the work should give you a better understanding of the professional practice in your field of interest. Some administrative tasks are necessary, but this should be kept to a minimum.
- The company sponsoring the internship should not be dependent on the work of the intern.
- A appropriate workstation should be made available to you including any necessary equipment, software or technology.
- Credited internship experiences must adhere to the factors of the “primary beneficiary test” established by US Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act
- Students who take CSCI 3900 will receive a Pass/Fail grade based on the Internship Coordinator's evaluation of items that may include daily logs, a midterm report and/or a final report. Supervisors will be required to submit evaluations as well.