Graduate Internship Credit

The Portland Metro area offers many opportunities for internships to graduate students. Many students complete one or more internships with local companies during their time at PSU. We believe internships provide a valuable training experience which significantly augments the student’s academic program. While some students choose to participate in an internship without receiving college credit, other students find it important that they receive college credit for their internships.

NOTE: Internship credits will not be counted towards the CS degree requirements

If you choose to receive credit for an internship you must have:

  • Completed at least 24 credits towards your PSU CS Degree by the time your internship begins, including at least 2 PSU CS graduate core courses with a grade of B or better;
  • Filed a CS Masters or PhD Plan of Study;
  • A PSU CS GPA of at least 3.0; and are in good academic standing as defined by the University and the CS Department.

You and your employer should complete and sign the Graduate Internship Approval Form and submit it, along with copies of the internship offer letter, a copy of your current DARS or transcripts, and your approved plan of study to the CS Graduate Advisor no later than the end of the first week of the quarter. We will forward your documents to the appropriate offices on campus and provide you with a copy of all the documents. Once registration opens, we process internship paperwork once a week on Fridays.

At the end of each quarter of the internship, make sure you submit a Graduate Internship Status Report form that is signed by both the student and your Supervisor. This will be due to the Computer Science Internship Director no later than 5pm Friday of finals week for the term.Failure to submit the Internship Status Report by the deadline for the term will result in the student receiving a "No-Pass" as a grade.

If you are an international student, you will also have to meet the requirements for Curricular Practical Training (CPT).

In order to get credit for your internship, you’ll need to submit a Special Registration form for CS 504. See the Graduate Advisor to get a copy for the current term.