College of Information Sciences and Technology
IST 495 Internship
Spring 2007 1 Credit Hour

Class Meeting Times: No scheduled classes
Instructor Contact Information: Jane S. Kochanov
  Office: (717) 948-6342, Olmsted E-335-A
  Hours: M.& W. 12:30 - 2:00; T. & Th. 1:00 - 2:00; and by appointment

Course Description:  The IST Internship Program is a mandatory academic program, giving students an opportunity to earn up to 3 credits of career-related work experience and enhance their IST education. A minimum of one work experience (300 hours) is required to meet the degree requirement for baccalaureate students.

Prerequisites:  Approval of the Instructor

Required Text:  None

Course Objectives:

  1. Gain career-related experience prior to graduation.
  2. Enhance job search skills.
  3. Professional development.
  4. Apply classroom studies to "real world problems".

Grading Policy:  The following must all be completed to receive a final grade for IST 495:

  1. Complete the Internship Registration Form found on the LESSONS tab for IST 495. This form must be signed by the internship employer, by the student, and by the instructor. If you found this internship on your own, a job description from the employer is required to accompany the registration form.

  2. Work a minimum of 300 hours at an internship.

  3. Complete the on-line information at On this page, please complete the "Internship Experience Survey." I will receive notification that you have completed this requirement via e-mail.

  4. Complete a journal every two weeks. On the LESSONS tab, there are dated DROP-BOXES for bi-weekly submissions of activities and accomplishments during your internship. It is your responsibility to post a journal entry for each time frame.

  5. Complete the "Internship Report" and turn it in by Friday, May 4, 2007. This report requires a signature by your supervisor, so it may not be turned in as an electronic document. A description of the report may be found on the LESSONS tab. For anyone planning to graduate at the end of the summer semester, the report will be due earlier than this date.

  6. Your employer must return both the mid-point and final evaluation forms. These forms are mailed directly to your employer and should be returned directly from your employer to the instructor.

  7. Complete the "Student's Evaluation of Employer and Internship Program" found on the LESSONS tab for IST 495. The is due on Friday, May 4, 2007.

Examination Policy:  There are no exams in this course.

Penn State Policies:

Academic Integrity Policy
Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception and is an educational objective of this institution. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating of information or citation, facilitating acts of dishonest by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work from another class without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students. See Penn State's Academic Integrity Policy at Engaging in any of these activities will result in a final grade of "F" for the assignment or exam, the course and possibly dismissal from the Program.

Disability Access Statement
It is Penn State's policy not to discriminate against qualified students with documented disabilities in its educational programs. If you have a disability-related need for modifications in this course, contact the Disability Service Coordinator in the Student Assistance Center (W-117) at 948-6025.