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Employment Opportunities

We have a limited number of graduate assistantships (GAs). GA positions include a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. We also have some student worker positions which are available to both graduate and undergraduates. Student worker positions do not include a tuition waiver, but they provide you with some extra income and experience working in the field. However, we cannot guarantee any employment, which is why we require financial information and proof of your ability to cover your own expenses before we will consider your application.

If you are an international student, please be aware that it is very hard for international students to find employment during their first semester. If you do well during your first semester on campus, then it may be possible to find an assistantship for the second semester.

All full-time graduate students are eligible for the out-of-state tuition waiver after their first semester of study at Northwest, provided they earn a grade-point-average of 3.33 or better. See Financial Assistance page for details.

Off-Campus Jobs:

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Internship and CPT(Curricular Practical Training)

Students in the MS-ACS program are encouraged to obtain summer internships. A summer internship will provide you with an opportunity to see how the concepts and skills learned in the classroom translate to real projects in industry.

It is the student's responsibility to make the appropriate contacts to obtain an internship. An internship may be either on campus or off-campus. A student may or may not be paid for internship work. Students may or may not earn academic credit for an internship. Students who desire academic credit will sign up for a one-credit-hour section of 44-699 Graduate Internship in Information Technology. For details about 44-699, see CSIS Internship Policies and Procedures View Word Doc.


The School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Northwest Missouri State University participates in the CPT (curricular practical training) program for international students. Note some restrictions on CPT:

The following documents provide more details regarding CPT and internship policies and procedures:

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Help for Job Interviews

To learn more about interviewing and creating résumés, enroll in 44-296 Professional Development Seminar. This is a one-credit hour, undergraduate course that will prepare you to interview for internships and full-time jobs. You will also learn how to create effective résumés. This course is NOT required and does NOT count toward the MS in Applied Computer Science program, but it is highly recommended.

In the meantime, here are some helpful hints that might be of use. These are general documents and apply to a wide variety of situations. You must adapt the suggestions to fit the situation. Applying for a student job on campus is not the same as applying for a full-time job upon graduation. Basic rules apply to both situations, but details may differ. Use these documents as a guideline.

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