CSCI 403 - Practicum/Internship

Ryan McHenry -- Data Analyst, Microsoft

The Web Management ISC certificate provided me useful and marketable skills in both the university and business worlds. During my attendance at Western, I was able to concurrently learn the skills being taught in the ISC program and apply those skills to the job I had at the Outdoor Center. Those skills also separated me from the competition when interviewing for jobs after graduating, making me a more desirable candidate. The variety of topics covered provided me the programming and SQL foundation required to succeed in today’s technology market. I would recommend the Web Management Certificate because of the exciting nature of the topics covered and the invaluable, industry applicable skills that provide an edge against the competition. 

ISC Track: Web Manager

The purpose of this course is to round out the classroom experiences with actual Web development on a live site. Evaluation for this work will be determined, in part, by results such as usability and user acceptance.

Practicum in Web Development (3 credits)

Students who are not able to participate in an off-campus internship will be able to obtain real work experience within the Center. This practicum course will form teams of students with all of the tracks represented and provide the team with a complete (and real) Web site development problem. The Center will maintain contacts with local small businesses and non-profit organizations that are in need of Web presence or e-commerce support. Student teams will be assigned to these projects. Oversight by Center faculty will ensure that the students get an experience equivalent to an internship.

Internship in Web Development (3 credits)

The Center will work with companies participating in the standards committee and contributors to facilitate the hiring of interns for Web development jobs off-campus. The requirements for the internship are that it provide an actual team-oriented development experience, provide an intellectual challenge in analysis and design, and that there is constructive communication between the Center faculty and the job supervisor regarding performance.