Master's Practicum-Carnegie Mellon University Africa - Carnegie Mellon University

Master's Practicum

Carnegie Mellon University Africa is offering the opportunity to have a team of master’s students work for a full semester on an industry problem. Private companies or public organizations submit business problems they are facing and for which they are looking for a solution. These must be engineering type problems that require ICT based solutions.

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 online or follow the guidelines and submit a pdf by email to  

Each student on the team is expected to work 24 hours a week on the practicum project for the duration of a semester, resulting in a total of over 360 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.

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Practicum Guidelines

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Frequently Asked Questions about Practicums at Carnegie Mellon University Africa

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What makes for a good practicum?

What if my practicum will take longer than a semester?

Are practicum courses offered year round?

Can I hand-pick the students on the team?

What is the difference between participating in a practicum and hiring your students as interns?

Can I require students to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements and/or Intellectual Property documents prior to the start of a practicum?

Do I need to provide office space for the team?

What time commitment is expected of me as a practicum sponsor?

What oversight does the university provide for the practicum team?

How much does a practicum cost?

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