Academics

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Students spend four days each week working at an internship, and each Friday is spent visiting companies in the area. Students receive 16 credit hours upon completion of the program.

  • IMS 340: Internship, 8 credit hours offered credit/no credit only. Students are full-time interns Monday-Thursday of each week. To get passing credit, students need to have positive feedback from their employer and be present & fully engaged at their internship every single day. Please see below for examples of companies at which students have previously interned.
  • IMS 396/397: Inside the Startup Environment, 3 credit hours. Each Friday, students will visit a variety of companies in their respective city, interacting with business leaders and participating in various activities. This is a graded course, and students receive a grade based on being present and engaged during each visit, as well as asking well thought out questions. Please see below for examples of companies students will visit. The course number differs based on the city of participation.
  • IMS 240/440: Client-Based Project, 4 credit hours. Over the course of the semester, students will work as a group to complete a project, likely for a client in the area. In order to receive senior capstone credit, students must enter the program with at least 80 credit hours. Students are graded on how well they demonstrate team leadership, their performance at a level of excellence while completing project-related tasks, their engagement with the client frequently and professionally and their ability to meet deadlines while delivering an excellent product. This capstone is also cross-listed as a Marketing capstone, which can be verified on a Degree Audit Report (DAR).

All of these courses count toward the ETBD major. For students who have participated in the Spring 2019 program and earlier, these courses fulfill the Emerging Technology in Business and Design Minor. Since Fall of 2019 the program courses and prerequisites together  fulfill the requirements of the Digital Innovation Minor.

To determine the best way to work this program into your schedule or for specific questions regarding the requirements, please contact program management.