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.

What You Should Know

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, an updated resume, and a feedback survey taken by the student and their on-site manager. After completing the course, undergraduate students earn credit towards their degree with CSE 301 listed on their permanent transcript.

×For spring and summer 2020 internships, please review the employment section of the ISS page on coronavirus information for F-1 and J-1 students.

The Department Advisor is Jenifer Hiigli (jpesicka@uw.edu). You MUST use the @uw email address; @cs.uw email addresses no longer work. F-1 visa students looking for OPT authorization (after graduation) can list Jenifer Hiigli (jpesicka@uw.edu) as their OPT approver.

J-1 visa students do not need to request CPT or do internship credit. Please see CSE advising for J-1 work authorization instructions.

CSE 301 To-Do List

  1. Accept an official offer for a qualified internship.
  2. Petition the department using the Handshake Experiences platform. You will need to submit a new petition each quarter you will be working an internship.
  3. Don't forget to upload your offer letter.
  4. Your Handshake Experience request will be reviewed by the internship team, and you will receive an email when it has been approved. When registration for the requested term opens, your add code will be posted on your Handshake Experience page.
    • Around the midterm, your supervisor will be emailed an evaluation they will need to complete for you to get credit in the course. During finals you will be sent a post-internship self-evaluation that is identical to the one you filled out when petitioning.
  5. Complete and submit the required assignments (outlined on the CSE 301 syllabus) on the CSE 301 Canvas site after registering via MyUW/MyPlan.

If you are planning to register via MyUW/MyPlan 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 issued an add code until Autumn.

Students working full or part-time during the Summer will register for 2 credits of CSE 301 for the following Autumn quarter. Students working part-time during the academic year will register for 1 credit of CSE 301 with at least 11 additional credits (max 17) to maintain full-time status.

Rules of Conduct

Students are expected to adhere to the CSE Recruiting Policy during their job search and period of employment.

Questions?

Contact cse301@cs.washington.edu.

Allen School Internship Frequently Asked Questions

General

You’re covered by GAIP for the summer if you had UW-paid coverage during the previous three quarters (fall, winter, and spring quarters). In this case, you’re automatically enrolled in summer coverage, and you remain covered even if you aren’t working or taking classes during the summer. Coverage ends on September 30. If you weren’t covered by GAIP during the past three quarters and you want to qualify for summer coverage, check your eligibility at the linked website.
We recommend you register for the College of Engineering's internship program if you have a full-time internship during the academic year. That will maintain your full-time student status and you won't need to take anything additional above those 2 credits. This is a special deal that the COE has with ISS and the US government. The Allen School does not have this arrangement, so the department cannot offer the same accommodation.

Add cods start being issued when the registration period opens for the quarter that you are registering for. You may not receive your add code until closer to the end of the registration period, but that does not mean you won't get into the class. If your Handshake Experience request has been approved, then you will be issued an add code and space will be made for you in the course. It is a good idea to check your Handshake Experience overview page for any comments from the internship administrators.

If you are deferring your Summer credits, you may not receive an add code until August. Summer is a vacation quarter for the Allen School, so processing times are different. If you need to be registered earlier, please contact your internship course managers.

Students who work an internship in the Summer can defer their credits to the following Autumn. This means that a student can work the internship, but doesn't have to register for the credits earned in Summer term-and therefore not pay extra tuition if they weren't planning to register for other courses-until Autumn quarter. This is the assumed way that the Allen School internship classes operate under, and that is why you are asked to make a note on your Handshake Experience overview page if you will be doing something different.

International Students

Due to the quarter system at the UW, you will need to register for the term which your internship dates fall into. This means, even if a your internship only ends a week after the term ends, you'll still need to register for that following term in order to adhere to the guidelines of the CPT requirements.

ENGR 601 is considered a "self-sustaining course," indicated by the cost of the course. International students are required to have insurance while at the University of Washington, and this insurance tends to be GAIP. However, international student taking ENGR 601 will need to have ISHIP, and as a self-sustaining course ENGR 601 is not eligible. You can email the ISHIP counselor to ask to be manually enrolled.
According to ISS
Students are authorized for specific dates of employment on their I-20. Students may not begin before the start date or continue after the end date. Students must apply for an extension with sufficient time to allow the assigned ISS adviser to issue a new CPT authorization before continuing beyond the end date of the current CPT.

If you need to change your internships and the new requested end date is prior to the start of the next academic quarter, complete the “CPT Update Request” form. If the new requested end date overlaps with the next academic quarter, the student must submit a new online CPT application.

International Student Services (ISS) has stated that students working remotely do need to apply for CPT if they are in the United States.

If you will be outside of the U.S. for the entire length of your internship, you do not need to apply for CPT authorization. We recommend you keep documentation to prove you were physically outside of the U.S. during the entire internship period.

Students holding F-1 and J-1 status who are employed in the U.S. must apply for a Social Security number. Dependents in F-2 status are not eligible for a Social Security number. (Students who will not work on campus but who receive a taxable scholarship can apply for an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) for tax purposes).

The Social Security Administration office nearest the UW is located downtown at 915 Second Avenue, Suite 901, Seattle, WA, 98104. Please review the ISS page on this topic for more information. The Allen School can help facilitate with the ISS if requested, but we are not able to provide direct support as we are not qualified for International Student Services.