Careers and Internships
Internships are often linked to final job placement and so are considered together in more detail on this page. To go directly to career information scroll to the bottom of the page.
While internships may be experienced in a wide variety of areas and organizations Harding has a special relationship with two companies, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PWC) and Cook Systems International.
PWC has actively recruited MIS students in the past for summer internships which have led to full time employment in the IT Auditing field. Students have received excellent compensation as well as excellent training and support. As of Fall 09 PWC will be recruiting Harding MIS students for a new fall internship program.
A career in IT Auditing is a hands-on people driven experience that includes frequent client-facing interactions, travel to client locations, advanced training in technical platforms, and rewarding compensation and benefits. Numerous Harding Alumni enjoy careers in this field in various cities across the US.
Cook Systems International. The MIS department has formed a relationship with Cook Systems’ CollegeCareerCorps. This is a program that integrates students into professional technology teams in entry-level positions to work on real information technology projects. The students join a team that includes experienced information technology professionals to work on actual IT projects on a long-term basis. Students typically work 20 hours a week and continue with the same client partner for up to two years.
Because partners contract directly with Cook Systems, projects don’t have to begin and end during a single semester like a traditional internship. These "super-internships" provide real services to partners and long-term employment as well as professional level experiences to participating students.
Students often see ask what does an IT auditor do, or what does a systems administrator do. Below are some broad job category descriptions. Graduates typically enter as assistants in these fields and progress to the full level of responsibility described within a few months or years depending on the field.
A career in IT Auditing blends technology skills with business analysis to identify and address risks in the largest companies in the world. IT Auditors work almost entirely in the offices of their clients, meeting with IT management and learning about key business processes. By leveraging client relationships, IT Auditors plan and execute validation procedures around companies' IT Controls in a number of domains including IT security, application change management, and backup / recovery procedures. The nature of IT Audit work is mixed between working on behalf of investors as external auditors, and working on behalf of the client in a consulting or internal audit type role. Whatever the job may be, every day brings a new challenge and a chance to learn new technical and soft skills.
A systems/business analyst designs new IT solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity. Working closely with the client, they examine existing business models and the flows of data in the business. They discuss their findings with the client, and then design an appropriate improved IT solution. They draw up and cost specifications and produce outline designs of new IT systems, specifying the data, files and logical operations the system will perform, and the way data will be viewed by the user. They present their design to the client and, once approved, they work closely with the client team to implement the solution. Source and more detail.
Network/Systems/LAN Administrator/Manager, Information Technology Specialist
Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet system or a segment of a network system. Maintain network hardware and software. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May supervise other network support and client server specialists and plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures. Source and more detail, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Computer databases, test and implement the database applying knowledge of database management systems. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases. Source and more detail.
Desktop/Help Desk Support , IT specialist
Provide technical assistance to computer system users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, via telephone or from remote location. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems. Source and more detail.