Experiential learning is a cornerstone of our degree programs, which is why we offer numerous opportunities to our students.
We believe that students benefit from many different types of learning, so we offer a range of outside-the classroom educational opportunities. Such hands-on learning opportunities will allow you to experience real-world applications of what you learned in the classroom, improve your communications and professional skills, and enhance your professional networks. Perhaps best of all, students build a portfolio of work that will be sure to impress future employers. Our experiential learning opportunities range from volunteering with local non-profits to a long-term co-op with a multinational corporation.
iServe@PittServes is a collaborative program between the School of Computing and Information and the Office of PittServes at the University of Pittsburgh that launched in fall of 2015. The program strives to leverage the talents and aspirations of the students within our School to create meaningful volunteer projects with local organizations. Utilizing a skill-based inventory, organizations have the opportunity to submit project proposals for student volunteers to complete during the fall and spring semesters.
Students in the undergraduate program in information science will participate in a capstone experience which might include doing an internship with regional companies and organizations.
Internships offer you a chance to gain real-world experience, to craft a portfolio that showcases your work and abilities, and to begin to make valuable contacts in the field. We encourage our BSIS students to take advantage of the fact that Pittsburgh is home to over 65 major corporations, many of which make the Forbes Top 1000 list.
Practicum experiences provide students with opportunities to gain practical experience, to acclimate to the corporate or industry worlds, and to build connections for future career searches. Students can enroll in a Practicum experience after 18 credits of coursework have been completed.
Because the University is located in a major urban center, there are numerous practicum opportunities with major corporations available to our students. Previously, students have found satisfying practicum opportunities with corporations such as: PPG, US Steel, Alcoa, Mellon Financial, WQED, Lockheed-Martin, FedEx Ground, UPMC, and Heinz World Headquarters.
School of Computing and Information Co-Op
Co-op, which is a rotation between taking courses and a full-time work assignment directly related to the major, enables students to gain experience with employers located anywhere in the country! Unlike an internship or practicum, it’s an immersive employment and learning experience. Students can register for the co-op course for one, two or three rotations to go work as a software developer, network engineer, or Web designer – whatever type of employment that matches their career goals. While enrolled in co-op, students earn credits from the University of Pittsburgh and a salary from the co-op host. Then, students return to the Pitt campus to continue their program of study – which may be informed by the co-op experience.