Curricular internships for study programmes in computer science disciplines

Master degree programmes in:
Computer Science and Computer Science – International

The academic regulations governing master degree programmes require the acquisition of 10 INTERNSHIP credits: ADVANCED LABORATORY 1 and 2 course credits (for 5 credits each). Each credit is worth 25 hours. Credits may be earned in one of the following three ways:

  1. The student, under the supervision of an academic tutor and a company tutor, may choose to complete an EXTERNAL INTERNSHIP at a company, university or research institute, within the framework of an appropriate agreement. During the definition of each individual plan, the academic tutor verifies the eligibility of the company and evaluates the training plan.
  2.  The student may choose to complete an INTERNAL INTERNSHIP at some organizational unit of the University of Udine. For internal internships, the ‘company tutor’ is the head of the unit where the student has to complete the internship training activities.
  3. The student may choose to take two ADVANCED LABORATORY exams, for 5 credits each. Each exam consists of a more in-depth study of a topic discussed in one of the courses that the student has already taken. In this case, the credits are registered as for any other exam, subject to the completion of the assigned projects.
Procedure for completing external and internal internships

Students enrolled on master degree programmes may submit application requests for internships at any time: there are no restrictions for master degree programmes.

  • For EXTERNAL internships:
    30 days before the start date of the internship, regardless of the affiliation status of the company (the company may be already affiliated with the University or the affiliation procedure is yet to be initiated):
    • students identify their academic tutor and the company within which to complete their internship;
    • the academic tutor verifies that the company is eligible for an internship;
  • if the company is not yet affiliated then the student asks the hosting party to complete the internship agreement (2 original copies) and the company sheet, at least 10 days before the start of the internship. The student delivers all the documentation to the Internship Office (Ufficio Tirocini);
    • the student fills out the training and orientation plan (PFO) with the help of the company tutor, who must sign the plan, and delivers an original copy to the Internship Office at least 10 working days before the internship starts;
    • when the procedure has been registered, an electronic copy of the plan is sent by email to the hosting part and to the intern, who also receives a log-book for recording his/her attendance;
    • at the end of the internship, the student delivers the log-book to the Internship Office, duly filled in and signed by the company tutor and by the academic tutor. The intern and company tutor each fill out some questionnaires, which the student must deliver to the Internship Office together with the internship log-book.
  • For INTERNAL internships, the procedure begins at point 4.

The written report on the work carried out during the internship may constitute the document discussed during the final examination.

Specific types of internship

Working students employed in the Computer Science field 
Students who have been working in the field of Computer Science for several years may apply for recognition of their work for internship purposes (without the need to affiliate the company) by submitting the documentation that attests to their working experience accompanied by a detailed report of at least 10 A4 pages which must contain:

  1. an introduction: motivations and objectives of the project;
  2. The type of analysis performed in order to identify the issue being addressed, the corresponding stakeholders and their requirements;
  3. How the project was organised (from the student’s perspective): roles and responsibilities, organisational and logistical details and infrastructures;
  4. The design work performed by the student: for instance, a user interface, an architecture or a back-end;
  5. What implementation tools were chosen and how they were used;
  6. Verification and analysis activities, such as tests of functions, performance, usability, acceptance and security.

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