About the ICT Internship & FAQ

   

All information communication technology (ICT) majors and graduate students are required to complete an internship before graduation. The Internship in ICT course (ICT 596) aims to provide students an opportunity to participate in services that are part of a professional ICT program. This is accomplished through supervised work-and-learning experience in a professional environment under the direction of a University faculty member and an employee of a participating firm. We are here to help you apply for internships and we want to help you succeed in whatever endeavors you choose to pursue!

Specific objectives of the course include:

  • Gain practical experience in an area of Information and Communication Technology
  • Engage in self-assessment by reflecting on aspects of the internship experience
  • Become familiar with professional associations and literature affiliated with the services assigned, and
  • Become socialized into the ICT profession.

 

Are you ready for an internship?

Complete the Required Reading & Internship Application

 

ICT 596 Internship Forms & Evaluations

 

About the ICT 596 Internship:

For students who intern during the fall or spring semester and register for between 12 and 19 hours, ICT 596 will be included in tuition for the semester. If students enoll in the summer, they will be registered for ICT 596 during the second summer session and will pay per credit hour at the part-time/intersession rate. ICT 596 is three credit hours. See tuition on the registrar's website for current rates. 

An ICT student may enroll in the academic-credit internship in any term after they have successfully completed ICT 200, 201, 202, 205, 300, and 301. Faculty want students to complete an internship at a time in their academic career when they will not only benefit from the internship, but will be able to make a contribution to the organization that is sponsoring the internship. 

If students do not complete the required courses before the internship is to begin, they will be dropped from ICT 596 and will not be able to do the internship that semester. *Students may complete an EXP internship before they meet these requirements though that credit will not count towards graduation. 

1) Identify an internship site with help from the ICT Internship Coordinator, UK Career Services, a faculty member or using your own resources. We highly recommend that you complete a resume and have it critiqued before asking an organization for an internship with them. Resumes are the norm in the business world and potential sponsors will expect one. Remember that this is an educational experience. Some clerical work may be required in the position you will hold, but major duties of the itnernship should be new to you and should stretch your knowledge and skills. 

2) Identify an on-site supervisor as the internship supervisor at the employment site. Students cannot designate a family member as their internship supervisor. 

1) Students must read and verify that they understand the internship requirements and policies before they can submit an application to register for the course. This information can be found on our website, see Required Reading and Application.  *Students may not register for the course themselves. 

2) Upon internship application approval, the Internship Coordinator will assign students to a faculty advisor. 

3) Discuss goals and objectives for the internship with the faculty advisor and, together, determine the final poster project and academic components of the internship. 

4) Complete an ICT 596 Learning Contract. For complete instructions, see Internship Requirements and How to Complete the Internship Contract

(NOTE: Failure to submit a fully completed contract to infosci@uky.edu by the deadline will automatically result in loss of credit for the internship). 

5) Attend a required meeting prior to, or at the very beginning of, the internship. This meeting will provide an introduction to experiential education. 

 

EXP Internships

EXP internships are a great option for pre-major students and upper division students who have not yet met the requirements for an ICT internship. EXP internships have no prerequisites and you can do as many internships as you want, for 1-3 credit hours each (meaning that you can work - and pay for - fewer hours during the semester if you need to). 

For example, students can complete an internship as a freshmen and an internship as a sophomore, building thier portfolio and resume before having to find an ICT internship. This gives them the chance to gain additional professional experience while in college. 

Please note that the credits received through EXP will not count toward the 120 credits to graduate. That means that in order to graduate from our College, students must complete extra credits if they do an EXP internship. However, many students benefit from a second or third internship and they do it through the EXP program. 

For questions about EXP internships, contact your Career Center representative

Multiple Internships

Students may complete one internship for three credits within our School. Any other internships would have be through EXP 396 and our College does not accept those credits toward graduation. 

Internships Abroad

ICT 596 credit is for internships done in the U.S. There are a lot of internship opportunities abroad (see the UK Education Abroad website for what's available). Students can earn EXP credit for non-US internships. 

Paid vs. Unpaid Internships

Although there are a few paid internships, most are unpaid. An internship is an opportunity to develop skills and help your career. Paid internships usually require more skills and are more competitive, so students need to start planning for them and applying for them early. Completing EXP internships and working in student technologies can increase their chances of earning a paid internship. 

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. To ensure that an experience is educational and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship, all the following criteria must be met: 

  1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom.  It must not simply advance he operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform. 

  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferrable to other employment settings. 

  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications. 

  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals for the student's academic coursework. 

  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience. 

  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor. 

  7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals. 

If these criteria are followed, it is the opinion of NACE that the experience can be considered a legitimate internship (National Association of Colleges and Employers, December 19, 2011).

 

To receive three credit hours, students must intern a minimum 140 hours during the semester that they are registered for the class. No academic credit is granted for any internship taken prior to formal enrollment in ICT 596 and completion of all required preliminary procedures (see Required Reading and Application). All work must be sanctioned by and done on behalf of the internship supervisor and must be documented on a time sheet approved or provided by the School. 

Qualifying students may earn a maximum of three hours of academic credit for a professional internship under the ICT 596 course title. (However, the School strongly encourages students to have as many additional internships as possible regardless of course credit).

Registered internships must be pre-professional work experiences that enhance the student's knowledge about the industry. Internships should involve exposure to the mission, vision and values of the organization, working on projects that encourage practical application of skills and teach about the industry through activities such as attendance at conferences and/or meetings, being mentored, etc. Virtual or remote internships may need to meet additional criteria. 

The internship must be a new experience for the student (i.e., it cannot be a continuation of volunteer work or a summer, part-time job). The internship course is intended to engage students in new field experiences to broaden their scope of knowledge of the profession. Therefore, students who complete the internship at their current place of employment must work under a different supervisor and department/division (i.e.., if you work in information security, you could intern in information assurance), and the internship hours must be outside the regularly scheduled hours. 

To add, students may not designate a family member as their internship supervisor, or, for liability reasons, intern at a private residence (e.g., a home office).