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Internships & Capstone Projects

Internships

We strongly encourage you to meet the Department's Capstone Experience requirement through a credit internship. Visit the SUNY Potsdam Internship Program for help to identify internship opportunities and to arrange for getting academic credit for your internship experience. An internship will give you practical experience that is valued by prospective employers. Most CS internships are paid!

One of the best ways for you to identify internships is by attending our Board of Advisors meetings, held once per semester on campus.

AfterCollege, Inc., has arranged with our department to provide a Job Resource Center with listings of internship and job opportunities appropriate to CS students.

Haden Land, a 1984 CIS alumnus and Vice President for Technology for Lockheed Martin's Enterprise Solutions and Services, has endowed a scholarship for CS students who engage in off-campus internships in aerospace-related companies. The scholarship provides financial assistance for living expenses during the internship period.

The Ronald and Teresa Fishbeck Computer Science Scholarship provides financial assistance to students engaged in off-campus internships. This assistance can help to cover internship-related expenses such as room and board, tuition, and travel.

The internships posted here come primarily from our alumni and faculty contacts. They are intended to supplement the SUNY Potsdam Internship Program postings.

Capstone Projects

You must complete a "capstone experience" as part of your degree requirements, a unique feature of the CS program at SUNY Potsdam. Capstone experiences give you the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired in the classroom and lab, typically to the solution of a real-world problem. You will ordinarily complete a capstone experience in an internship (under the direction of an external sponsor from industry) or through a senior project (under the direction of CS faculty).

At the conclusion of your capstone experience, you present both oral and written reports about your project. Your oral report is typically delivered at a meeting of the Board of Advisors.

The applied nature of a capstone experience gives you a competitive edge in seeking employment following graduation. This is especially true if you complete your capstone experiences through an internship: interns are frequently offered full-time positions at their internship companies after graduation.

Take a look at some of our past capstone experiences.

2017
   
Josh Naar – Music Notation Software (Senior Project)
Rachel Stannard – CheckWise Payroll (Internship)
Eli Auslander – HoopNet (Senior Project)
John Kasowsky – IBM (Internship)
Sage Keefer – A Mathematical Theory of Communication (Independent Study)
Christopher Pavente – P=NP (Senior Project)
 
2016
   
Jaiden Lindsey – NEK (Internship)
Nick Marasco - IBM with z/OS mainframe group (Internship)
Jesse Peplinski - AXA (Internship)
Andy Hariraj – GE Global Research (Internship)
Greg Hughes – SCI (Internship)

2014

Brabim Baral, Adelphic Mobile, Waltham, MA
Andrew Barkley, Salisbury University REU, Salisbury, MD
Marc Dean, Adirondack Technical Solutions, Argyle, NY
Johnathon Holbrooks, Oneida Molding Plastics, Oneida, NY
Shayne Peterson, Cornell Cooperative Extension Internship, Plattsburgh, NY
Christopher Pray, Mindspark, Yonkers, NY
Collen Roller, Air Force Research Laboratories, Rome, NY
Jeremy Rose, New York Central Mutual Insurance, Edmeston, NY
Ryan Stanton, NYS Department of Health, Albany, NY
Laura Wessing, Logos Technologies, Rome, NY
Dillon Yeh, CTS (HNS Group), Potsdam, NY

2013

Tyler Barber, Construction Information Systems, Clifton Park, NY
Derek Gordon, REUMass Amherst, Amherst, MA
Matthew Hunger, IBM Poughkeepsie Internship, Poughkeepsie, NY
Lee Page, Information Sciences Institute, Arlington, VA
Timothy Simmons, University of Dallas, Richardson, TX
Parker Sims, Cornell Cooperative Extension Internship, Plattsburgh, NY
Jeff Snyder, exrx.net, LLC, Gardner, KS