The Valparaiso University computing and information sciences department is committed to an active program of undergraduate research. From the beginning of freshman year, students may choose to join a small research group that works on a project, typically for an academic year, under the guidance of a faculty member. Each team includes both beginning and advanced students.
Seniors in computer science at Valpo have the option of undertaking a senior project. The student defines a suitable computer application, develops the necessary software using appropriate techniques, and prepares documentation for the use and support of the completed system.
Internship Experience: Practicum in Computer Science
CS 285, the Practicum in Computer Science, is available to students with the approval of the department chair. It offers intensive, supervised professional experience and/or technical training in computing-related fields. The student submits a written report on the experience.
Co-op placements, taken as CS 381, allow students to earn academic credit for paid professional experience, with the preauthorization of the department chair. Grades are based on employer evaluations and written and oral reports by students.
Finding Field Placements
Valpo’s Career Center offers strategies and advising on finding relevant internships. It also maintains a database of internship/practicum openings and potential cooperative education placements. Valpo Career Center »
IT Work on Campus!
Numerous employment opportunities are available to computer science students through Valparaiso University’s IT department. It is common for students to assume sophisticated responsibilities by their junior and senior years. Students have the opportunity to continue their studies at Valparaiso University after graduation in the Master’s level Information Technology Management program. Requiring approximately one additional year of study, this degree prepares students for leadership roles in the expanding IT field.