New Program Gives Students Real World Experience
August 16, 2013
Information Technology Services (ITS) is launching a new professional internship and cooperative (co-op) education initiative - the Student Career Internship Program (SCIP). SCIP is the first officially recognized internship program at UT Austin that allows current students to be assigned to full time positions upon graduation.
SCIP benefits students by helping them integrate classroom learning with real world applications. Several academic departments on campus, including the McCombs School of Business and the Department of Computer Science, require or encourage students to complete an internship as a complement to their coursework. The program allows students to fulfill their departmental requirements and, if eligible, receive academic credit. While employed, students gain valuable work experience, obtain on-the-job training, and have an opportunity to develop a professional networking base for future careers in their field.
In addition to supporting our students, SCIP helps ITS recruit outstanding IT talent. Managers now have an additional tool to help recruit, hire, and retain highly qualified and specialized student workers. For the first time, we are able to hire students that participate in the dual-semester co-op program with the Cockrell School of Engineering. SCIP also allows managers to:
- Fill positions that require knowledge of internal systems and processes
- Build upon relationships with other departments on campus
- Support STEM initiatives and the mission of the University
The SCIP initiative would not be possible without recognition and support from various academic departments and colleges here at UT Austin. Thanks also goes out to the career services and human resources staff whose hard work and dedication are helping to establish and promote this program.
By providing students with the skills they need to transition to a successful career, SCIP champions the commitment of ITS to support the University’s research, education and service mission.
For additional information regarding this initiative, please contact Chris Enders or Angie Schoolar in the Central Business Office at CBO-HR@austin.utexas.edu.