As part of the curriculum, all MSIT students complete a 300-hour internship. This is a supervised work experience in an IT organization or IT-related position. As preparation for this course, all students must successfully pass GRD 683, Professional and Career Development, for one academic credit.
Students from the MSIT program will be able to present options and draft plans for achieving strategic and interim goals using IT-based/driven solutions. Students will understand operations and applications of data manipulation and analytic tools. The curriculum will prepare interns to have strong communication abilities, including practice communicating with non-technical stakeholders. MSIT interns are able to consider the customer in solutions design and implementation (especially those students who take User Interface, Mobile Computing, and Web design courses).
Traditional Professional Career Paths
MSIT – Management Track
Chief Information Officers
Data Mining/Business Analysts
MSIT – Computing Track
User Support Technicians
Past MSIT students have had successfully career preparation through internships at the following CIS Department-provided sites:
Save the Dunes
Izaak Walton League Porter County Chapter
Maria Reiner Center
Lake County Prosecutor’s Office
United States Geological Survey
Valparaiso University School of Law
Portage Community School System
Valparaiso University (Various Departments)
IT 670 Professional Development
Another way that many MSIT students complete their capstone class is through a CIS-directed simulated internship, IT 670 Professional Development. This course is taught by an IT instructor, who is also active in the field, to provide further soft and hard professional skill sets to students, as if they were actively working in the IT division of a corporation. Please contact Kimberly Tomkiewicz, Academic Advisor and Internship Coordinator, for additional information.