Learning by doing
The School of Computing and Information is committed to providing exciting and challenging real-life opportunities to apply the skills, methodologies and cutting-edge concepts you learned in the classroom. This enhances your creative problem solving skills, teaches how to interact with subject matter experts, and reinforces the power of collaboration.
See your textbook theories come to life while building a portfolio that will help launch your career.
Faculty spotlight: Dmitriy Babichenko
How do you build a responsive website to raise funds for a non-profit? Can 3D printing be used to create medical stimulators for students to practice procedures? How do you build an alternate reality game to teach pharmacy students the drug development process? In his role as professor of practice, Dmitriy Babichenko taps into the 10 years he spent running corporate IT departments to help students develop solutions to real-world problems. Here’s a look at a few recent projects.
Cooperative Education Program
Computer science majors can also apply for a cooperative education position, which lets students rotate four-month terms between the workplace and the classroom. During co-op rotations, students are paid competitive salaries.
Students have the opportunity to apply for small team-based projects that provide them with real-world consulting experience. Small teams work together under faculty supervision to produce real deliverables for local stakeholders.
Alternative Spring Break
Alternative Break, through a partnership with the University Of Pittsburgh Office Of Pittserves, offers students the opportunity to participate in community-based projects both locally and abroad. This year, our students will have a unique opportunity to utilize their knowledge and skills by participating in service projects to support the communities of Quito and Chilcabampa, Ecuador.
This collaborative program between the School of Computing and Information and the Office of PittServes, launched in fall 2015, strives to leverage the talents and aspirations of students to create meaningful volunteer projects with local organizations. Utilizing a skill-based inventory, organizations have the opportunity to submit project proposals for student volunteers to complete during the fall and spring semesters.
This program encourages students to utilize their technical skillsets to better the local Pittsburgh community, while gaining invaluable real-world experience. Since the program launched, more than 100 students volunteer have partnered with 25 local community partners to complete more than 20 projects.
We host a variety of extracurricular activities to help students expand their skills and grow. Recent events include the Games4Health Game Jam, The Startup Blitz–held in partnership with the Innovation Institute, and the She Innovates Hackathon.
Students are encouraged to complete an internship as part of their degree. The University’s location in the heart of Pittsburgh offers students numerous companies–both large and small–to complete internships with and gain valuable real-world experience.
Within the last three years, our students have held internships at: