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IST students may be able to use substitute activities in their full-time position to fulfill the internship requirement by using the Credit by Portfolio option.  This option allows students to submit a portfolio of technical work samples, created from their full-time work experiences, that are comparable to, or exceed, the duties of a normal internship.

Students who are approved for Credit by Portfolio will be enrolled in IST 295B(p) for students obtaining an Associate degree or IST 495(p) for students obtaining a Bachelor degree, allowing them to receive full academic credit for the required internship course. 

IMPORTANT

  • Do not register for credit at your local campus. The internship credit will be applied via the Assessment Form once your portfolio has been approved.
  • Keep a copy of your portfolio for your own records.
  • Confirm if your employer/organization requires a Non-Disclosure Agreement to allow you to submit your work through Credit by Portfolio.
  • 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.

Eligibility

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.

Projects submitted as part of the portfolio must demonstrate that the student has a significant depth and breadth of knowledge and hands on practice in their related field.

Portfolio Requirements

  • Work samples must be no more than two (2) years old
  • Activities must be comparable to, or exceed, the duties of a normal internship
  • Samples must be of a depth and breadth that represent a deep understanding of the professional IT field

Process

  • Submit your Intent to Register Form and Brief Proposal to the Office of Career Solutions & Corporate Engagement (careers@ist.psu.edu) at the beginning of the semester. Email subject line should be "Credit by Portfolio Proposal for [insert your name]".  See Sample Portfolio Proposal for reference.
  • Keep a copy of your proposal to include in your portfolio.
  • If you are not able to submit documents electronically, please 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
  • Before moving on to next steps, you will need to wait for approval which will be communicated via email from careers@ist.psu.edu.
  • Be sure to review the information regarding Non-Disclosure Agreements -- these can add significant time to your portfolio process.

Upon approval of your Brief Proposal:

  • Complete the project reports and compile the portfolio as described in the Portfolio Instructions.
  • Include all written project reports, as well as:
  • Include a check made payable to Penn State University and include your student ID number on the check.

IMPORTANT NOTE for both options: NO ASSESSMENT WILL TAKE PLACE UNTIL NOTIFICATION OF THE ASSESSMENT APPLICATION AND FEES HAS BEEN RECEIVED.


Option #1 for hard copy portfolio submission

Mail or ship 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 $390 (USD) made payable to “The Pennsylvania State University” with your portfolio submission. Please put your student ID on the check .
  • Completed Portfolios should include:

OR

Option #2 for electronic portfolio submission

Submit an electronic copy to:

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.

You will be informed of the outcome of your portfolio assessment (approval or rejection of portfolio) via e-mail within two weeks of your submission.

  • Be sure to keep a copy of your portfolio for your own records. 
  • 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.

Deadlines

The credit by portfolio process can be started at any time.  Once you have an approved portfolio proposal, we request a completed portfolio to be submitted within one year of that approval date.  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.  These deadlines are set to meet graduation timelines.

In general, the College of IST requires portfolios be submitted a minimum of four weeks prior to the last day of classes in the semester in which you wish to graduate to allow for review and credit submission to fulfill graduation requirements. 

NOTE: this would NOT include time required for a Non-Disclosure Agreement. Please plan accordingly.

 

Contact

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E397 Westgate Building
Email: careers@ist.psu.edu
Phone: (814) 865-4509

Schedule an appointment: appointments.ist.psu.edu

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