SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield recently received word that its Computer Science Department has been added to State Farm Insurance's list of academic departments for targeted recruiting schools. Academic programs from target schools are selected based on curriculum, makeup of the student body, and unique strengths the department provides for computer science majors.
Ted Mims, UIS professor of Computer Science and department chair, said that after a thorough evaluation by the company's systems department, "The people at State Farm indicated that our program is among the highest quality available. They were especially impressed with the online curriculum."
Mims added that this new partnership provides some significant benefits to UIS students who are majoring in Computer Science. "Our students will be able to take advantage of a number of new opportunities," said Mims, "such as additional, meaningful work and research internships; classroom presentations by corporate leaders who manage technology; and campus visits by employment recruiters."
Mims also noted that UIS is one of only three official targeted providers in Illinois of students for State Farm's prestigious Summer Internship Program, an 11-week internship that offers real-world work experience along with professional and personal development classes.
State Farm is a leader in providing financial services including insurance, banking, and investment products to clients throughout the U.S. Its systems department, based in Bloomington, Illinois, supports one of the largest private networks in the country.
More information about UIS' Computer Science program is available at http://csc.uis.edu/.