In Class Real World Experience
Computer Information Systems in Europe

Computer Information Systems in Europe is a study abroad program that was started in the summer of 2014.  The program offers CIS majors and minors an opportunity to complete two CIS courses while in Europe.  The location and the time frame abroad may vary but it will start shortly after the spring semester ends.  To date, this program has been located in Sweden and Germany.   During this program students will stay in a European University’s dorm and visit CIS consulting companies, various businesses, and cultural sites in Europe.

Contact Carey Cole (colecb@jmu.edu) for more information on this program.

Internships

The objective of the CIS internship Program is to foster students' experiential learning through their real business experiences in CIS related fields. All students in the Computer Information Systems program are highly encouraged to obtain relevant work experience in the information technology field before graduation. In most cases, CIS students should plan to obtain a summer internship between their junior and senior years.

Many CIS student internships are obtained through James Madison University's on-campus recruiting office. In order to participate in the on-campus interviewing process, students must sign up to use Recruit-A-Duke.

Please contact the CIS Internship Coordinator, if you have questions:

Dr. Thomas Dillon
dillontw@jmu.edu
540-568-3015

Internship Opportunities May Include:
  • Accenture
  • BAE
  • Blackboard
  • Booz Allen
  • Cambridge Associates
  • Capital One
  • CapTech
  • CGI
  • Chartis Consulting Corp
  • CSC
  • Deloitte
  • E*Trade
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fannie Mae
  • Freddie Mac
  • Grant Thornton
  • Highmark
  • K2M
  • KPMG
  • Leidos
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MAC Aerospace Corp
  • Navy Federal Credit
  • NewTide
  • Protiviti
  • PWC
  • RSM
  • Swift
  • Verified
Steps for CIS Internship Success

1. Attend a Recruit-A-Duke workshop.   Participating in a workshop gives access to open jobs and interviews, mock interviews, information on career fairs and resume referrals.  Recruit-A-Duke is provided by JMU's Career and Academic Planning Services office. 

2. Attend Career Fairs including Meet the Firms Night (September), Fall Career Fair (September), Internship Fair (March), and the Spring Career Fair (March).  See JMU's Career and Academic Planning Services office for the schedule of events.

3. Gain relevant CIS-related work experience.   Check JMU's JobLink for on-campus jobs.  Check with JMU Computing Support for on-campus jobs such as the Information Technology Help Desk and Computer Lab Assistants.  In addition, students often gain relevant work experience through JMU's Community Service Learning. CSL often has opportunities for unpaid/paid IT projects. Local internships in the Harrisonburg, Virginia region can often be found on the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's web site.

4. Enroll in CIS 361 - Computer Information Systems Internship. CIS 361 enables students with a major in CIS to receive acknowledgment on their JMU transcript of successful completion of a information technology-related internship experience. The internship requires 300 hours of approved computer information systems work experience. All students must have declared the CIS major and have completed COB 300. An additional requirement is that your internship supervisor provides feedback on your performance. 

Competitions

ITERA 

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) program received national recognition as the Information and Telecommunications Education and Research Association (ITERA) 2016 Program of the Year. A team of senior CIS majors competed in the final round of ITERA’s Case Study Competition. The competition engaged students in a months-long effort to solve a real-world telecommunications problem by applying technical and problem-solving skills. The panel of judges represented companies such as Cisco, Facebook and Excelacom.

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Other competitions that CIS students participate in include: Deloitte Competition, Accenture Innovation Challenge and AIS.

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