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CSIS alums are employed all over the world, from local businesses like Morris Press, Intellicom, ESU-10, and Good Samaritan Hospital; to Nebraska companies such as Sandhills Publishing, First National Bank of Omaha, and Mutual of Omaha; to national companies like Intel, Oracle, Principal Financial Group, The Buckle, Xpanxion, Baldwin Filters, Cabelas, Harris Corporation, Fiserve, ACI, First Data Resources,L3 Communications, PayPal, and High Moon Studios. Our alumni are employed in almost every industry imaginable - defense, banking, health care, gaming, retail, education, etc. We have employers who tell us that they prefer our graduates to any other programs' graduates.
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Why should I choose UNK to study this Computer Science (CS) or Information Technology (IT)? What is different about these majors at UNK?
You should choose UNK because this school will prepare you for a job. Most schools will give you skills useful in the work place but here at Kearney I have found that the professors really prepare you to hit the ground running after you graduate. UNK gives you the tools and experience to out-compete other graduates, at a great price. Professors at UNK are here because they like to teach and want students to succeed, not because they selfishly want to pursue their own research. At the same time you are getting a great education at UNK you will also enjoy a great social atmosphere and a very fun loving and open campus. You will not have a difficult time finding friends on campus. Jeff, December 2007 graduate; Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, IA
At UNK you get a unique experience for a computer science or computer information systems major. You have access to free tutors to help you out when you are having trouble with you classes. The professors in the UNK Computer Science & Information Systems department are also very helpful and understanding. They grade all of their students’ assignments themselves and do not have a teacher’s aid do it for them. This gives you a great opportunity to get feedback from the instructor and makes the content easier to understand. Michael A, May 2009 CIS graduate, Intellicom, Inc. Kearney, NE
How would you characterize the CS and IT programs?
I would characterize the UNK Computer Science and IT program as quite advanced. A big portion of today's technological industry is focused on web applications, and at UNK, you have the opportunity to learn many of the technologies that will put you ahead in this field. For example, Java applets and servlets are now being used by companies all over. Here at UNK, you will begin your education by learning Java. I would have to say that our quality faculty, and small class sizes, allow for a better overall learning experience. Jed, May 2008 graduate, Harris Corp, Bellevue, NE
What are you most proud of in CSIS department?
I am proud of the great things we get to do. In this major other students and I can actually create something that could be used in the future. Other majors write papers which aren’t nearly as fun. CSIS has a great group of professors that are knowledgeable and make coming to class seem like a joy rather than a chore. With computer science I find myself working on projects and programs just for fun. Even the homework and projects I get to do are enjoyable. I have made countless games and other programs for classes and I still play some of the games. I am also proud on how well everyone gets along and knows each other. Class seems more like a group of friends rather than a group of students. Mark, May 2008 graduate, Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, IA
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What kinds of internship opportunities are available to students in CS & IT majors? When do students typically apply for these?
There are many internship possibilities for students at UNK. From local businesses like The Buckle, Sandhills Publishing and Xpanxion to national companies like Principal Financial Group. I know that after a student passes their first year classes they are able to apply for paid experience at many companies around Kearney. I completed a summer internships with The Principal Financial Group, the summer before I graduated. Students usually start looking for internships their last two summers before they graduate (after their sophomore year). Local businesses will hire freshman and I know that Principal will hire interns after they complete their freshman year. Jeff, December 2007 graduate, Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, IA
To get prepared for graduation, and to help solidify your resume, it is important to take an internship somewhere. Twice a year, UNK has a career fair. While in progress, it gives students the opportunity to meet with potential employers. It was because of this career fair that I received my internships last summer. Students usually apply for internships during their junior year, but it is never too early to apply for an internship. The more experience, the better! Jed, May 2008 graduate, Harris Corp, Bellevue, NE
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