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International One Semester Plus Internship Program

IT/Business/Industrial Technology Certificate Programs

Illinois Institute of Technology offers a one-semester International IT/Business/Industrial Technology Certificate Program, which includes a six-week internship. The program has three main components:

Students take three courses in Information Technology or Business for one semester in the spring or fall.

Students take English and Cultural Awareness courses six hours per week for one semester in the spring or fall. 

Students participate in a six-week internship at a local company at the end of the program.  Please note: Start dates for this program are January and August only.

Students who successfully complete this program will receive a Master’s Certificate in IT/Business/Industrial Technology from the Professional Learning Programs at IIT.  In addition, students who satisfactorily complete the six- week internship will receive an internship certificate.  Also, many IT courses completed in the International program with a grade of A or B can be credited toward a Master’s degree in Information Technology and Management (ITM) or Industrial Technology and Management (INTM) upon acceptance into the ITM or INTM program.

Business and Information Technology Courses

IT/Business/Industrial Technology courses are offered in the day and evening at our Main Campus in Chicago.  Many IT courses are taught in a lab environment so that students are given the opportunity to work in a lab environment. This allows international students the chance to be comfortable with the technology while in the classroom with the instructor on hand to answer questions.

When possible, international students will study alongside American students. Examples of courses offered include:  Embedded Systems, Multimedia, Wireless Applications, Oracle, UNIX, .NET, Network Security, Project Management, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Marketing and many more.

English and Cultural Studies

Students in the International Program will have six hours of English Conversation classes per week with occasional cultural field trips within the Chicago area. 


Students who begin in the Fall or Spring will participate in a six-week internship at a local company after they have completed one semester of course work.  The internship will be considered part of their grade in their certificate program.  The internship gives students a first hand look at how US companies operate. It also gives students a good understanding of the work process and deadline requirements. 

Companies who have participated in the internship in the past include: Motorola, Lucent Technologies, Teleprime Inc., The Bus Bank, Rosetta Wireless, TLC Animation Company, NuVant Systems Inc., AllCell, CreateASoft Inc., Calamos Investments and many more.  New companies join the program each year.  Internship placements are determined based on the students’ qualifications and the companies’ needs.  Student requests for placement at particular companies or in specific fields are not guaranteed and companies who participate in the internship program are subject to change at any time.

Program Dates

All one-semester plus internship programs start in the Fall or Spring semesters and include 16 weeks of classes followed by a six-week internship at a local American company.

Room and board

Housing on IIT’s main campus is limited.  When available, students may live in the dorms at the McCormick Student Village (MSV) or in on-campus apartments at Gunsaulus Hall.  All dorms and apartments consist of a double occupancy room and a meal plan of 14 meals per week at the IIT cafeteria.