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IST 295B(p) / IST 495(p) is an alternative for IST internship students to receive full academic credit for the required IST 295B or IST 495 internship course by submitting a portfolio of technical work samples created from their full-time work experiences that are no more than two years old. The activities of their full-time position must be comparable to or exceed the duties of a normal internship.

Important, Please Note:

  • Do not register for credit at your local campus. The registration and transfer credit will be applied via the Assessment form once your portfolio has been approved.
  • Be sure to keep a copy of your portfolio for your own records. If you qualify for this program, please download the complete Portfolio packet and proceed by following the instructions very carefully.
  • Students who submit an acceptable portfolio that demonstrates adequate mastery of technical expertise and writing skills will receive credit for IST 295B or IST 495, but no grade. The credits will be designated on the transcript as “Credit awarded by portfolio assessment” (similar to transfer credit notation).
  • The registration fee is non-refundable. If minor portfolio changes are needed, the portfolio will be returned and can be re-submitted. If major changes are needed or the portfolio is deemed unacceptable, no credit will be granted and the fee is forfeited.


Any student enrolled in the College of Information Sciences and Technology or the Division of Undergraduate Studies, who was employed full-time for six or more months in an IT/IS related field within the past two years, may participate in this option if they have projects to cimpile into a portfolio.


You may send your portfolio prior to the deadlines you are given via the Office of Career Solutions. You are not obliged to turn in your portfolio early, but remember that the earlier you submit the portfolio, the earlier you will learn whether or not you passed and therefore whether or not you will need to pursue and register for the regular IST Internship. The portfolio submission deadlines will be given to you by the Office of Career Solutions upon review of the Intent to Register form and brief proposal.


Step 1:
Submit your Intent to Register Form (included in this packet) and Brief Proposal (Assignment #1) to the Office of Career Solutions at the beginning of the semester. All information can be found in the Credit by Portfolio packet. Keep a copy of your proposal to include in your portfolio. These materials should be sent electronically to  The subject of the email should be : Credit by Portfolio Proposal for....then add your name.

If you are not able to submit documents electronically,  then mail them to:

Office of Career Solutions and Corporate Engagement
The College of Information Sciences and Technology
The Pennsylvania State University
E114 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802-6822

Step 2:
Upon approval of your Brief Proposal, complete the project reports as stated on page four of the packet and compile the portfolio as described on page one. Make sure you include all written project reports as well as the Portfolio Cover Page/Verification Form, the Credit by Portfolio Assessment Application, any Disclosure Agreements and the check made payable to Penn State.  Please include your student ID number on the check.

Step 3:
Send your completed portfolio and payment to:

Financial Officer
College of Information Sciences & Technology
The Pennsylvania State University
E306 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802-6822

Include a check for IST 495(p) (1 credit) or IST 295B (p) (1 credit)- $390 made payable to “The Pennsylvania State University” with your portfolio submission.

Please put your student ID on the check.

Step 4:
IST faculty will review your portfolio. If deemed acceptable, credit will be applied to your transcript. If unacceptable, either the faculty will seek further clarification from you and review the portfolio again or the portfolio will be deemed unacceptable.

Step 5:
You will get credit notification (approval or rejection of portfolio) via e-mail prior to the start of the following semester to allow for schedule modification if necessary.


Career Solutions & Corporate Engagement

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Phone: (814) 865-4509

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