The Master’s Practicum
Carnegie Mellon University’s ICT Center of Excellence in Rwanda is offering the opportunity to have a team of master’s students work for a full semester on a project from any company that requires a solution involving ICT.
This program, called the Master’s Practicum, gives our students practical experience solving real problems. There is no cost to the company to sponsor a Master’s Practicum Project.
How Practicum Sponsorship Works
If your company is interested in becoming a practicum sponsor and engaging our students in the practicum experience, we ask that you submit a proposal that defines a problem that requires a solution involving ICT.
Each student on the team is expected to work 20-24 hours a week on the practicum project for the duration of a semester, resulting in a total of over 400 hours of work per student.
Start-up companies may find the practicum to be a particularly useful and unique method for solving their technology and business problems in a timely manner by using a CMU MSIT student team to augment the start-up staff.
Interested in becoming a practicum sponsor and engaging students to solve a problem? Key steps involve:
- Submit a clear and concise project description with realistic goals that can be met within the semester-long practicum session. Project descriptions should be submitted no later than August 15 for the fall semester and December 15 for the spring semester.
- If your project is selected, discuss with the faculty advisor to see if your project is feasible.
- Conscientiously work with the team to ensure success.
- Resolve any IP, confidentiality issues or restriction on presentation/paper details before the start of the practicum. This is normally done through a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).
- Provide any necessary software and hardware prior to the start of the practicum.
- Review all submitted deliverables and provide timely feedback.
- Identify a contact person in the company who will be able to:
- meet with the student team on a regular basis throughout the semester;
- respond promptly to student questions via email and telephone when necessary;
- provide feedback to the practicum faculty advisor for evaluation purposes, particularly at the end of the semester; and
- participate in the final student practicum presentations.