Computer Information Systems Internship

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 251

       Course Name: Computer Information Systems Intership

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 10 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits in CIS, CAB, or CNS with a grade of C or better in each course and consent of instructor, department coordinator, or chairperson

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course consists of direct work experience in a computer information systems related environment at an approved business or industrial firm applying knowledge and skills learned to their daily assigned responsibilities.  The student will meet with a Computer Information Systems instructor who will evaluate their on-the-job technical skills.  Arrangements for the work experience will be worked out in conjunction with the Computer Information Systems coordinator.  In addition, the student will discuss work-related situations with the instructor.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply theoretical concepts and hands-on knowledge in a real world situation
  • Identify strengths and problem areas based on the personal evaluation
  • Problem solve work-related tasks
  • Identify and acquire appropriate work habits
  • Develop career strategies of an IT professional seeking employment

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction to the CIS Internship Experience
    1. Course objectives
    2. Requirements for successful completion
    3. Orientation to the work place
  2. CIS Technical Skills
  3. Individual Work Plan
    1. Educational objectives
    2. Assessment of skills
    3. Career goals (Short term and long term)
  4. The Work Place Environment
    1. Organizational charts
    2. Supervisor
    3. Responsibilities and goals
    4. Evaluations
    5. Job descriptions
    6. Procedure manuals
    7. Office resources
  5. Professional Organizations
    1. Affiliation
    2. Membership
  6. Communication Skills
    1. Working with individuals below and above your level in the organization
    2. Developing team goals
    3. Conflict resolution
    4. Decision making
    5. Problem solving
    6. Interpersonal communication skills
      1. Formal and informal oral communication
      2. Written communication
      3. Listening skills
  7. Occupational Skills
    1. Attitude and adjustments
    2. Developing good work habits
    3. Skills specific to your job
    4. Time management
    5. Stress management
    6. Management preparation
  8. Work Place Issues
    1. Technical
    2. Sexual harassment
    3. Professional growth training
    4. Promotions
    5. Ergonomic and safety issues
    6. Ethics
    7. Appropriate use of employers' resources
      1. Telephone
      2. Internet
      3. Copying software
      4. Copyrights
    8. Burnout
  9. American Disabilities Act
  10. Job Search Process
    1. Identifying career objectives
    2. Preparing an effective resume and cover letter
    3. Sources of employment opportunities
    4. How to interview effectively
    5. Networking
    6. Negotiating a salary
    7. Employee benefits
  11. Assessment of the CIS Work Experience
    1. CIS knowledge and technical skills assessment
    2. Self evaluation and reflection
    3. New CIS skills acquired

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Individual meetings to discuss work environment

Meetings with supervisor and student

Classroom experience with instructor

Students will meet once a week in an instructional setting to evaluate and discuss the technical skills used and on-the-job experiences

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Work a minimum of 10 hours per week in a computer-related environment

On-the-job performance strengthening technical skills, communications skills (oral and written, listening, reading), interpersonal skills, and problem solving skills

Participate in team building activities

Discuss job experiences in an academic setting

Share job experiences in classroom setting

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress


Employer, instructor, and student evaluations

Attend class weekly and participate in classroom activities.

Complete reading assignments by due date

Prepare and deliver classroom presentations based on assignments

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.