On Apr 19, 2016, at 2:45 PM, Mark Sherriff sherriff@virginia.edu wrote:

Undergraduates sometimes ask faculty to give them course credit as part of a program called Curricular Practical Training (CPT), where students do a paid internship but also must sign up for credit. We have seen an uptick in questions as to whether a student can get CS 4993 credit for CPT (it is getting to be internship season after all!).

The UGCC [CS Department Undergrad Committee] reviewed this and has decided that CS 4993 (or any other CS course) is not appropriate for CPT, and that faculty should not sign undergraduates up for a CS course for CPT in the future.

A major factor in this is that the university offers a course UNST 2820 specifically for undergrads who need CPT. The person who coordinates this class has been Kimberly Link khl3r@virginia.edu, who is Associate Director of the Internship Center. A course description for UNST 2820 is listed at the end of this.

The International Studies Office has told us that a student on CPT should never receive credit for the employment experience itself. That would be contrary to university standards. The reason we as a department do not allow CS 4993 to count for CPT or any other internship is because CS 4993's course description states that it for an "in-depth study of a computer science or computer engineering problem by an individual student in close consultation with departmental faculty." Most often the activity related to the student's internship does not meet this description; the work done for most paid internships does usually not involve our faculty in any way. Up to three credits of CS 4993 can count as an upper-level elective for our computing degrees, and it is important that all credits given for CS 4993 are at the appropriate level.

If a student wants to do a separate project based upon his or her internship work and is then fully supervised by a CS faculty member, then that's a good use for CS 4993 credit.


UNST 2820 (Seminar), Internship for Credit (1 credit)

SIS Description: This course is designed to support you as you complete your internship and help you reflect on and learn from your experience. Students who pursue a non-paying summer internship that requires them to receive academic credit can earn credit through this course.