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Following is a list of questions that students have on various issues of the internship program. Please read through the ones that interest you.  If you have questions that are not covered, please send them to macsoffice@rivier.edu, and we will answer and add them to the list.

  1. What are the prerequisites for internship?

  2. What is the determining grade point average for internship eligibility?

  3. How many weeks or hours are required?

  4. Is the student able to earn a letter or a pass/fail grade and carry up to four credits?

  5. Are Fall or Spring internships possible?

  6. Can a summer internship be authorized?

  7. Does the independently obtained internship need to be reviewed for academic approval and at what point must this happen?

  8. What academic work must students do to complete the internship?

  9. What opportunity resources are available for students to obtain an internship?

  10. Are international students authorized to work while in F1 status?

  11. Can students enroll in an internship for more than one semester?

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1. What are the prerequisites for internship? 
       
Students need to complete all prerequisite courses and obtain approval from the the director of the Computer Science Department.   [Back to Top]

2. What is the determining grade point average for internship eligibility?
       
Students must have a 3.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and starting work.    [Back to Top]

3. How many weeks or hours are required?
       
Internship employment period includes the academic semester duration. Part-time internships are no more than 20-hours per week and full-time internships are 40-hours per week.    [Back to Top]

4. Is the student able to earn a letter or a pass/fail grade and carry up to four credits?
       
Internships earn one to three credit hours. The number of credits awarded is based on the type of work experience and the number of work hours required by the internship employment. Internship credits do not count towards the 36 credits required for the M.S. program.    [Back to Top]

5. Are Fall or Spring internships possible?
       
Internships are possible for all regular academic semesters, including Summer 1, 2 or long session.    [Back to Top]

6. Can a summer internship be authorized? 
       
Summer internships will be authorized as long as the duration includes an academic term.    
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7. Does the independently obtained internship need to be reviewed for academic approval and at what point must this happen?
       
Not necessarily, but students are encouraged to seek academic credit for their internship experience. Employers look favorably on internships that receive academic support. Many times, collaboration with an academic institution increases the chances of approving an internship application.    [Back to Top]

8. What academic work must students complete at the end of the internship?
        A written report must be submitted at the completion of the internship experience. The report is organized as a portfolio. Guidelines about how to prepare the internship portfolio are provided at the time of application.  [Back to Top]

9. What opportunity resources are available for students who are interested in internships?
       
Some opportunities are posted on Job and Internship Opportunity page of the CS department web site. Also, please check the Career Development Center web site.     [Back to Top]

10. Are international students authorized to work while in F-1 status?
       
Yes, as long as they have been full-time students for at least 9 months prior to beginning the internship. However, international students need to use
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) as an employment option for internships. Please check F-1 Info for more on CPT and other immigration details.  [Back to Top]

11. Can students enroll in internships for more than one semester?
       
Yes, as long as the additional internship experience provides significantly new practical skills with academic relevance.    [Back to Top]

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