IS 397 Health IT Internship (Credits: 3)


This course provides the opportunity for IS majors, particularly those enrolled in the Health IT certificate program, to earn academic credit while employed in a professional internship position that is related to Health IT. The course is repeatable to a maximum of six credits. Pass/fail grading only. Requires a GPA of 2.5 or better, at least 30 credits completed towards graduation, and co-enrollment in the Career Center’s PRAC Department permission required.

Enrollment Procedures:

  1. First, arrange your internship with the UMBC Career Center. Register your internship for PRAC 98 or 99 on UMBCworks using these instructions or schedule an appointment with Jen Spencer Heilman ( online or by calling 410-455-2216. Once registered, the Career Center will send you an email confirmation for your enrollment in PRAC 98 or 99, with instructions for requesting credit.
  2. Once your credit request is sent via email, make an appointment by emailing the IS397 instructor Dr. Joshi ( and confirm your interest in taking IS397.
  3. Dr. Joshi will enter permissions after checking a few things, like your GPA and number of credits you have taken so far, and if all looks good, she will give you permissions to register for the class.
  4. You need to then register for IS397

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. How do I get an Internship?
A. There are two primary methods to getting an internship: If you have no job or placement you should meet with a staff member at the UMBC Career Center and discuss resources for your search and learn about current opportunities. If you already have a job in the IT or business field you should visit the Career Center or complete the online PRAC registration in order to link your current position to the internship program. If you have a position and you are not sure if it qualifies for IS397 credit, contact the IS397 instructor.

Q. The Career Center has sent me an email confirmation for my enrollment in PRAC, now what do I do?
A. Make an appointment with the instructor for IS397 by emailing them. The instructor will make sure you are eligible for the class and give you the syllabus and permissions to register for the class.
If you are registering prior to the last day of the regular add date for the term, you will be given electronic clearance and you can then go online and register. If you are registering for IS397 late in the term, there will be an extra step involved to get you added to the class that the instructor will discuss with you. (IS397 is open until about 1 month after the start of classes in the Fall and Spring.)

Q. I have been given electronic clearance to register and I have tried adding the class but it doesn’t show up on my course list with the number of credits I thought I would get.
A. IS397 is a 3 credits course.

Q. I notice there is a PRAC class listed on my class list, is that the same as IS397?
A. No. You must be concurrently enrolled in PRAC and IS397. PRAC is also a Pass/Fail class and it separately noted on your transcript. PRAC has its own set of requirements/assignments. Contact the Career Center for questions about PRAC and see the Intern/Co-op/Service/Research tab on your UMBCworks account for these assignments.

Q. Do I have to pay for IS397?
A. If you are part-time student, then you pay by credit count as usual. If you are a full-time student and are taking it as part of your Fall or Spring semester then the price is included in your full-time tuition.

Q. IS397 was the greatest course I ever had, can I do it again?
A. Sure – up to a point. The limit is 6 credits no more than 3 per semester. You do need to think about your transcript. It is great to have 1 internship listed but does it do you better to have it listed again or would you be better served using your time to include another structured elective course and potentially improve your GPA? Contact your IS Advisor for advice.