The program, administered by the Department of Information Systems at Cal State L.A. provides practical work experience for senior and graduate students from the departments of information systems, computer science, and computer engineering at California State University, Los Angeles; California Polytechnic University, Pomona; and other California State University campuses.
Organizations such as Security Pacific Automation Co., the city of Los Angeles, the Department of Water and Power, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works have all hired consummate computer professionals from the program.
Why it Works
The stringent requirements for admission and the rigorous nature of the Computer Professional Internship Program makes the program successful. Students must be seniors, graduates, or certificate students (in some cases juniors or recent graduates may qualify); have a minimum a 3.0(B) grade point average; obtain faculty recommendations; and pass 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 background necessary to meet the need.
Students usually are expected to work a full 40-hour week while completing their academic degree requirements in the evening. This blending of practice and theory helps students build a more extensive border base knowledge that characterizes the true professional.
Companies sign a master contract or purchase order that is implemented when a student starts to work. The company is billed only for days the student is actually on the job. Vacation time earned is a fringe benefit paid by the Computer Professional Internship Program. If for any reason the student does not meet the requirements of the program, the company can dismiss the student with one day's notice.
For More Information
To learn more about how your company can participate in the Computer Professional Internship Program call or write:
Dr.Parviz Partow, Department of Information Systems
California State University, Los Angeles
College of Business and Economics
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032.