You have many available options when looking for a job:  the resources of the Allen School, the College of Engineering, and the University of Washington are here to help you get where you want to go, so take some time to utilize the services, advice, and connections we provide.

Why Do an Internship?

CSE encourages all students to complete an internship. There are many reasons why the internship experience is an important one. This list was compiled by Professor Michael Ernst.

  1. If you haven't worked in a company, you are ill-prepared to make a decision about a job after graduation. (You are also ill-prepared to make the decision that you do not want to take a job but instead prefer to go to graduate school, because you don't have information about the corporate world.) The same thing goes for learning about companies of specific size (big company, startup, etc.), particular types of work (programmer, tester, program manager, etc.), and other factors.

  2. Working in a company exposes you to a different way of thinking and working. This breadth of experience is likely to stand you in good stead when you approach problems because you will be able to choose the most effective style rather than applying the same approach in every situation. Each new company or research group adds to your experience, but having at least one internship and at least one long-term UROP is essential.

  3. Related to the preceding point, internships require and provide different skills than research jobs, from interpersonal interactions to specific development tools. A company may be the only or best way to obtain these skills, which you will find valuable in your future career as an engineer.

  4. Working on real products with real customers is particularly rewarding for some people; they like to see the concrete impact their jobs have on customers, on coworkers, and on the industry.

  5. Knowledge of industry is essential even for people who will eventually find their careers in academia, if you hope that your research will have any impact on practice. You need to know the state of the art, how practitioners act, and what they really need. A superficial knowledge, or just listening to what they say they need, is not sufficient.

  6. Internships tend to pay much more than summer academic research jobs.

How to Get an Internship

Internship Credit

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 assignments, 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 more info and to register, see below.

Co-ops and Internships

It's never too late or too early to start looking. 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 Husky Jobs 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: Internship Credit

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.

CSE 301 is open to:

  • All undergraduate students with a part-time internship or a full-time internship during the summer.
  • Domestic students with part-time or full-time internships during the academic year (fall, winter, or spring quarters). 
  • International students with a part-time internship during the academic year (fall, winter, spring)
    • International students with a full-time internship during the academic year (fall, winter, spring) or who are doing multiple full-time internships back-to-back should sign up for ENGR 321, through the College of Engineering’s Internship Program.

CSE 301 To-Do List

  1. Accept an official offer for a qualified internship.
  2. Apply for credit by filling out the CSE 301 Credit Request Form. You must log in with your CSE credentials to properly submit this form. You will then receive an add code to register by the start of Period 2 registration.
  3. Complete and submit the required assignments (outlined on the CSE 301 syllabus).

Dates and Deadlines

Internship dates typically need to fall within the dates of the academic quarter, regardless of whether or not you are registered for that quarter. You can use the UW Academic Calendar to find these dates. It is OK to include quarter breaks as part of your internship time, but finals week is part of the previous academic quarter.

Counting Credit

Your first 2 credits of CSE 301 count toward CSE senior elective credit. After that, credits will count toward general electives.

Assignments

Students are required to complete and submit 3 short assignments through Canvas, by the last day of instruction for the quarter in which they are registered for CSE 301. See the CSE 301 syllabus for details.

CSE 301 Full-time vs. Part-time

 CSE 301 credit chart

CSE 301 vs. ENGR 321

Register for CSE 301 if…

  1. You will be doing a part-time internship
  2. You will be doing a full-time internship during the summer
  3. You are a domestic student who will be doing a full-time internship during the regular academic year (autumn, winter, spring)

Register for ENGR 321 if…

  1. You are an international student who will be doing a full-time internship during the regular academic year (autumn, winter, spring)
  2. You are an international student who will be doing 2 full-time internships in consecutive quarters.

The College of Engineering has their own process for registering for ENGR 321 internship credit. For more information, please see their website.

International Students

All F-1 Visa students must maintain full-time student status during non-vacation quarters. Students working full or part-time during the summer will register for 2 credits of CSE 301 for the following fall quarter.  Students working part-time during the academic year will register for 1 credit of CSE 301 and at least 11 additional credits (max 17), to maintain full-time status.

See the last page of the CSE 301 syllabus for more details.

 

F-1 Visa students will need to complete the online ISS CPT Application, in addition to the online CSE credit request form.

Steps to follow to receive CPT work authorization:

  1. Complete the online CSE 301 Credit Request Form.
  2. Complete the online ISS CPT Application.
    -In the “Department Adviser’s Name” field, type “Crystal Eney”
    -In the “Department Adviser’s Email Address” field, type “ceney@cs.uw.edu”
  3. Processing time after submitting the CPT form and letter to the ISS office can take up to 7-10 business days.
  4. ISS will send you an email when your updated I-20 with CPT authorization is ready to be picked up.
  5. Provide this authorization to your internship employer; they will keep a copy and return the original to you.
  6. In order to maintain your immigration status, you are required to register for CSE 301 credits, complete all program requirements, and earn credit.

Rules of Conduct

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

Questions?

Contact Jenifer Hiigli at jenifer@cs.washington.edu.