Business Relationships

Xpanxion employees and UNK CSIT Students

The CSIT programs at UNK have strong relationships with employers in the Central Nebraska area. CSIT partner businesses in Central Nebraska, such as Buckle Inc. and Xpanxion, are almost always hiring and need more IT professionals to meet their business goals. These employers rely on student interns, as well as, graduates entering the workforce.

Award-winning Partnerships

CSIT partner businesses have earned four of the past eight University of Nebraska Walter Scott Entrepreneurial Business Awards, including this year’s recipient, Hollman Media LLC. The Walter Scott Entrepreneurial Business Award is designed to encourage existing businesses with a presence in Nebraska to create partnerships and links with the University of Nebraska in the area of technology. One reason that Hollman Media, LLC received this year’s award is their successful internship program. Ryan Levell, a summer 2012 CSIT intern, developed a mobile app that was featured in The New York Times. This success was also featured in an Omaha World Herald article, where Hollman Media president Travis Hollman stated, “[Ryan’s story] is reflective of what we originally hoped to accomplish through an intern program with UNK. I can't say enough great things about the InternNE program as well as the UNK faculty. The faculty side of UNK has always been extremely supportive of our company and our company's desire to keep its students in the Kearney area through new jobs in technology.”

100% Job Placement

100% of all dedicated CSIT graduates have gained professional employment or graduate school acceptance in their major area of study. Of the graduates in the last several years who were U.S. citizens, 36% decided to stay in the Central Nebraska area, 33% are employed in the Omaha/Lincoln area, and 23% are employed in regional states outside of Nebraska.

CSIT Student Job Website

The CSIT Department keeps a website updated with job announcements for students. These include both local part-time employment and national full-time employment for after graduation. CSIT students and alums should contact the Chair of the CSIT Department, Dr. Sherri Harms, at 308-865-8370 or harmssk@unk.edu for an account in this system. Businesses should also contact Dr. Harms to post a job listing to this site.

UNK Career Fair/IT Networking Breakfast

CSIT also provides networking opportunities for students to meet with business professionals and seek internships and full-time employment at two major events each year, the fall UNK Career Fair, held the first week of October and the spring Technology Networking Breakfast/Career Fair held the third week of February. Typically, there are over 30 businesses at these events to hire CSIT students for internships or full-time employment at these events.

UNK CSIT Student and Phynd intern

Internships

Internships are an important part of a student’s college experience and often provide a foot in the door for professional employment. CSIT students are able to choose from local internships to internships across the nation.

Presentation Opportunities

Each year, the CSIT Department provides several professional presentations and industry tours for current students. See the CSIT news for information on past presentations. Contact Dr. Harms if you are an IT professional interested in presenting to CSIT students.

Scholarships

CSIT business partners who provide scholarships for CSIT students include Buckle Inc. and Northwestern Energy.

CSIT Advisory Council

Provides leadership in and promote the development of the Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT) programs as it relates to and meets the needs of the students, UNK and the industry.

Online Courses

CSIT offers online upper-level and graduate-level courses to enable working adults the opportunity to complete their B.S. in Information Technology or their MSEd in Instructional Technology with an emphasis in Information Technology.