It's never too late or too early to start looking for an internship. Many CSE students use the CSE Ugradjobs blog and the College of Engineering's Engineering Internship Program to find full-time, paid positions that last three to nine months. You can also find a variety of jobs and internships through the Career Center's Handshake database. Also, remember to attend the Allen School's Industry Affiliates Career Fairs in autumn and winter to meet recruiters from established and startup companies.
For detailed resources and information on how to obtain an internship, please see our career pages.
CSE 301 offers students the opportunity to explore and develop their careers through professional practice. The structured plan of education impacts student work-readiness through a number of professional development skill-building activities. To earn credit, students will complete a few assigments, including submitting a brief final report on their experiences. After completing the course, undergraduate students earn credit towards their degree with CSE 301 listed on their permanent transcript.
International students can defer a Summer internship (full or part-time) until the following Autumn quarter. However, if an International student takes a part-time internship during the standard academic year, they must register for the quarter in which their internship takes place. Domestic students can defer their internship credit to the next quarter. If the student needs to defer the internship credit further, they should contact the Allen School internship facilitator.
Once your Handshake Experience request is received, it will be reviewed by the internship team. You will receive an email from Handshake when the request has been approved. International students will not be approved until their CPT is also approved. When registration for the requested term opens, your add code will be posted on your Handshake Experience overview page. It may take until week 1 of the quarter to get an add code.
|Quarter||Registration opens||Priority deadline||Final deadline|
|Autumn||August 15||September 25||October 8|
|Winter||November 6||January 6||January 19|
|Spring||February 12||March 30||April 12|
|Summer||April 12||June 22||July 3|
If you are planning to register via MyUW/MyPlan in the Summer, then make a note on your Handshake Experience request so that the course administrator knows your plan. If you don't make a note on your Experience request, you will not be issued an add code until Autumn.
Once you have a Handshake account, you will need to navigate to the Experiences section of the website and signup for the “CSE 301 Internship Course” Experience. Select the term you are planning to register for CSE 301. If you are doing an internship in the Summer, you will do the Handshake Experience evaluations at the same time. The other assignments are turned in on Canvas site after you register via MyUW or MyPlan.
If you are planning to register via the University registrar in the Summer, then please make a note on your Handshake Experience request so that the course administrator knows your plan. If you don't make a note on your Experience request, you will not be officially registered until Autumn.
- There are more detailed instructions provided by Handshake. Once “Request an Experience” is selected, you will be taken to a page of questions that Handshake requires all schools to include. You are not required to fill out the form in its entirety, though you are free to do so should you wish. The employer and job title are the only required fields on this page. Any information you provide will be listed on your Handshake profile if you leave the box “Add Experience to Profile” checked.
- The end portion of the request is for information regarding the student’s internship offer. You are asked to provide the company name, internship start and end date, whether the internship is full-time or part-time, the worksite address, job description, and to note whether you are a domestic or international student. Then you will be asked to complete a personal evaluation of your work-related skills. Once the Experience has been requested, you will be taken to the Experience page. You must upload a PDF of your offer letter before the Experience will be approved. To understand where in the process your request is at, you can return to the Experience’s Overview page.
- The submitted information will be reviewed by the Allen School advising team. If all information has been filled out, and the offer letter uploaded, then you will be given initial approval. If you are a domestic student you will be sent an add code to register for the course at this time. If you are an international student, a member of the Allen School advising team will need to approve your CPT application before an add code can be issued. If the CSE 301 Academic Counselor is pending for an International student, that is a good indication that the CPT application hasn’t been approved yet.
ENGR 321 through the College of Engineering’s Internship Program and CSE 301 operate under a different fee structure where CSE 301 is a standard tuition rate while ENGR 321 is fee-based. Click for ISS CPT Application info.
|Domestic||Part‑time||Academic Year||CSE 301 (1 credit)||Standard Tuition Rates Apply; Deferred Registration|
|Domestic||Full‑time||Summer||CSE 301 (2 credits)||Standard Tuition Rates Apply; Deferred Registration|
|Domestic||Part‑time||Summer||ENGR 321 (1 credit)||$196|
|International||Full‑time||Summer||CSE 301 (2 credits)||Standard Tuition Rates Apply; Deferred Registration|
|International||Full‑time||Acadmic Year||ENGR 321 (2 credits, full-time status)||$392|
|International||Part‑time||Acadmic Year||CSE 301 (1 credit)||Standard Tuition Rates Apply; Deferred Registration|
* academic year indicates autumn, winter, spring. summer is a vacation quarter. Austin Browning (email@example.com) should be listed as Department Advisor and OPT approver for F-1 visa students. J-1 students contact cse301 by email for work authorization instructions.
If the student is working 20 hours or less a week, they are considered part-time and will receive 1 credit of 301 for that internship. A full-time internship, greater than 20 hours worked a week, is given 2 credits of 301.
Computer Science and Computer Engineering majors may use up to 2 credits earned per quarter towards their CSE Senior Electives requirement for a max of 2 credits. The other credits will apply to free electives.