Computer Science & Information Systems Learning Opportunities

  • There are numerous ways for you to continue your education outside of the classroom at MSU Moorhead. Maybe you’d like to pursue your love of technology by joining a technology-centered student organization. Or perhaps you’d rather get to know your classmates better by living in the same residence hall. There are also ample opportunities to conduct and present research at local, regional and national conferences. In addition, more than 25 percent of graduates from the program earn valuable, hands-on experience as juniors or seniors by pursuing internships in Fargo-Moorhead’s thriving technology industry. With the outstanding preparation this program provides, students are poised to excel in graduate studies or many computer-related careers, which project rapid employment growth.

  • While internships aren’t required as part of the Computer Information Technology curriculum, many students complete an internship during their junior or senior year to help prepare for their future careers. The Fargo-Moorhead community is full of budding technology startups in addition to well-known corporations that will help you gain real-world experience where your interest lies. Students have completed internships at the following companies:

    • Microsoft Business Solutions
    • IBM
    • 3M
    • NAVTEQ
    • Cargill
    • Otter Tail Power Company
    • U.S. Bank
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • Corporate Technologies
    • SEI Information Technology
    • Intellisol Corporation
    • Sanford Health
    • American Crystal Sugar Company

    The Minnesota State University Moorhead Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) organization is a computer club that takes part in competitions, hosts events, presents workshops on various technology, and more. You can visit MSUM ACM’s webpage for information on meetings and upcoming events.

    Open to all STEM-related majors (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the STEM Learning Community gives you the option to live and learn in an environment that promotes faculty and peer-to-peer connections. You’ll be exposed to research opportunities, have a Dragon mentor who can provide academic support and student organizations information, and interact with your classmates both in and outside of the classroom.

    MSU Moorhead’s Student Academic Conference (SAC) provides an opportunity for student researchers to present their work to faculty, administration, peers and the community in a formal academic setting each April. You’ll have the chance to present your hard work in a variety of ways—panel discussions, workshops, multimedia presentations, displays and demonstrations—and gather constructive feedback to help you better analyze and continue exploration.

    The Computer Science and Information Systems Department offers 24 hours per week of drop-in tutoring in Bridges 163 for the Introduction to Programming courses. Tutors are upper-level students who have excelled in these courses. Tutors are capable of assisting students in many classes, but most specifically the following:

    • CSIS 140 Introduction to Information Systems and Internet Technologies
    • CSIS 152 Introduction to Computers and Programming I
    • CSIS 252 Introduction to Computers and Programming II