Professional Internship

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   PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

 

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Since 1983, the Computer Professional Internship Program has provided companies with dedicated employees who work on a contract basis while earning degrees in information systems and computer science at accredited universities.  The program makes available high-quality, cost-effective workers and gives companies the opportunity to train them in-house before deciding on permanent hires.

Administered by the Center for Information Resource Management in the School of Business and Economics at Cal State L.A., the program provides practical work experience for seniors and graduate students with majors in the departments of Information Systems, Computer Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cal State L.A.; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; California State University, Long Beach; and California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Employers such as Hughes Aircraft, TRW, the City of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have all hired information technology professionals through the Computer Professional Internship Program.  Of the hundreds of student participants, more than 85 percent have successfully completed the program.

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   timepiece2.gif        WHY IT WORKS

The program is successful because of its rigorous nature and stringent admission requirements.  Students must be seniors, enrolled in graduate school, or pursuing a certificate (in some cases juniors and recent graduates may qualify).  They must have at least a 3.0 (B) overall grade point average, faculty recommendations, and completed successful interviews by the program director and representatives of the host company.  If a company has a specific requirement, a search is made for students with the required background.

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   book.gif (6133 bytes)       STUDENT COMMITMENT

Students are expected to work a 40-hour week while completing their academic degree requirements in the evening.  This blending of practice and theory helps students build an extensive, broad base of knowledge that characterizes the true professional.   However, a shorter work week can be arranged, if needed, to satisfy specific needs of an employer or a student.

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logo.gif (3710 bytes)        COMPANY COMMITMENT

Companies sign a master contract or purchase order that is implemented by a work order (memorandum or other similar document) requesting a specific program participant.   The company is then billed only for the time the student works.  Vacation time and other benefits are paid by Cal State L.A.'s University Auxiliary Services, Inc., the employer of record.  A company that is dissatisfied with a student's performance can dismiss the student with one day's notice.

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To learn more about how your company can participate in the Computer Professional Internship Program, call or write:

            Durward P. Jackson, Ph.D., Director
            Computer Professional Internship Program
            California State University, Los Angeles
            School of Business and Economics
            5151 State University Drive
            Los Angeles, California 90032-8123

Telephone

(323) 343-2924 or 2983 (message)

FAX

(323) 343-5209

Electronic mail

General Information: djackso2@calstatela.edu

            Parviz Partow-Navid, Ph.D., Associate Director
            Computer Professional Internship Program
            California State University, Los Angeles
            School of Business and Economics
            5151 State University Drive
            Los Angeles, California 90032-8123

Telephone

(323) 343-2907

FAX

(323) 343-5209

Electronic mail

General Information: ppartow@calstatela.edu

Send mail to djackso2@calstatela.edu with questions or comments about this web site.
Last modified: January 26, 1999

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