Internships

CSE Tech Talks, such as this visit by Facebook, are great opportunities to meet potential internship sponsors in person.  Pictured are: Facebook Software Engineer Tom Occhino (CEN BS '07) and CSE Undergraduate Co-Director Carl Alphonce.

We encourage students to gain hands-on, real-world experience by taking internships at companies related to their majors.

Approved students who are in good standing with the department may earn academic credit for internships. To receive academic credit for an internship, follow the procedure described below.

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Requirements

General Requirements

  1. Your internship must be CSE-related.  The Internship Coordinator will determine relevancy when you complete the paperwork to register for internship academic credit.
  2. Internship academic credits must be earned in the term/semester in which you worked at the company.  In particular:
    • You cannot receive internship academic credit for internships you have already completed.
    • When you complete an internship during a winter/summer term, you must register for internship academic credit(s) during that winter/summer term.

Graduate Program Requirements

  1. You must be an approved CSE graduate student in good standing to register for internship academic credit.
  2. MS students may count a maximum of one internship academic credit toward the MS degree.

Undergraduate Program Requirements

  1. You must be an approved CS or CEN major in good standing to register for internship academic credit.
  2. You may use a maximum of 3 internship academic credits toward the CSE technical elective. However, you may earn these 3 internship academic credits at separate internship experiences.  For example, you may earn 1 internship academic credit in one term and 2 internship academic credits in another term.
    • This policy is only applicable to students who started their current CSE degree in Fall '16 or later.
  3. Internship academic credits in excess of the 3 credits used toward the technical elective for students who started Fall '16 or later and all internship credits earned by students who started in Spring '16 or earlier may be used as 'free electives' as permitted by the degree program.
  4. To register for internship academic credit, you must have previously completed CSE 250: Data Structures or receive special permission from the Internship Coordinator.

People

First, let's introduce you to the people who will help you with various parts of your internship process:

  • Internship Coordinator.  CSE Associate Professor Dimitrios Koutsonikolas manages the internship program.  CSE Assistant Professor Lu Su co-manages the program.
  • Internship Supervisor.  The professional employer you'll work for during the internship.
  • Faculty Academic Advisor (graduate students only).  The CSE faculty member who helps you formulate your academic and professional development plan.
  • Staff Academic Advisor.  The CSE staff member who helps you register for academic credit by force-registering you into the appropriate internship course.

Locate Your Internship Opportunity

You are responsible for locating and applying for your internship opportunity. This means that you will need to contact potential internship locations; submit your resume, cover letter and any other documentation that is required; arrange the interviews; etc. Here is a list of guidelines to help you through the process.

These resources can help you find good internships:

  • UB Career ServicesInternships
  • UB Job Fairs
  • Companies that you might like to work for
    • Write to a company that interests you and ask if there are any summer positions available. Be sure to include your resume.
  • Other students
    • Talk to students who have completed internships to find out how they located their internships; they might be able to provide you with names of companies that use summer interns and/or contacts within the company.

Begin Your Internship

Complete the Internship Application Form

  1. You must complete this form before you may register for academic credit.
  2. Fill this out as completely as possible.
  3. The "Project Definition" field:
    • Asks for a general statement about the nature of the work you will be doing (programming, data base design, etc.)
    • Asks for a description of specific tasks you will be doing.
  4. The "Skill/Education Requirements" fields (a) and (b) ask for a list of abilities that you bring to the job.
  5. After you've completed the form:
    • Sign the form yourself.
    • Take the form to the Internship Coordinator for his signature.  If you're a PhD student, you should also have the form signed by your Faculty Academic Advisor.  You will not be able to register without the Internship Coordinator's signature because you will need to force-register for the course.
  6. Now you're ready to bring this form to your Staff Academic Advisor to register for academic credit.

Complete International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Forms

This Requirement is for International Students Only

To be eligible for the internship, international students (students with F-1 visas) must apply to the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Office for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT) authorizations.  The ISSS Office is the authoritative source for answers to CPT and OPT questions.  You may also pick up the forms at the ISSS Office in 210 Talbert Hall, North Campus. CPT request processing takes approximately 5-7 business days.  OPT request processing takes approximately 4-6 weeks.

Register for Academic Credit

Bring your completed Internship Application Form to your Staff Academic Advisor so he or she can force-register you into the appropriate course.

  Undergraduate Students Graduate Students
Staff Academic Advisor Christy Krawczyk Matthew Doino
Course Number CSE 496 CSE 598
Credit Hours 1 - 5 1 - 3
Maximum Hours of Work per Week

Fall term: 20

Spring term: 20

Summer term: 40

Fall term: 20

Spring term: 20

Summer term: 40

Grade P/F (Pass/Fail) S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)

Table 1. Internship program registration details.

Both courses require force registration to ensure that all the necessary forms are filled out and to assist in tracking internship progress.  Each credit of academic work requires a minimum of 3 hours of internship work per week for 14 weeks.

Example:

3.0 academic credits
x 3 hours of work per week == 9.0 hours of work per week
x 14 weeks per semester == 126 hours of work per semester

Finish Your Internship

Complete the Internship Evaluation Form

  1. On or before the first day of your internship, give this form to your Internship Supervisor so that he/she knows what the evaluation criteria are.
  2. At the end of your internship, your Internship Supervisor must fill out the form as completely as possible, then sign and date it.
  3. Submit this form to the Internship Coordinator on the last day of classes of the semester you are doing your internship.  If you fail to submit this form, you will get a grade of "I" (Incomplete) for the internship.

Complete the Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) Form

  1. This document contains an explanatory letter and the form itself.
  2. The form provides information for a report about the internship program that the Dean's Office sends to Albany every semester; this form is very important to the Dean's Office.
  3. The form is to be filled out by you; if you are unsure how to answer some of the sections, ask your Internship Supervisor.
  4. In the "Technical Impact" section write your name in the space labeled "Student(s) Involved".
  5. At the conclusion of your internship, have the form signed by both your Internship Supervisor and, if you're a PhD student, your Faculty Academic Advisor.
  6. Submit this form to the Internship Coordinator on the last day of classes of the semester you are doing your internship.

Submit the Forms

Submit the Internship Evaluation Form and SPIR Student Information Sheet to the Internship Coordinator.  You may:

  • Hand-deliver them to his office in 311 Davis Hall.
  • Send them to the CSE Department by US Mail
  • Send them to the CSE Department by UB Campus Mail
  • Fax them to the CSE Department at: (716) 645-3464