Students meet with a Miami alum at Lightspeed Venture Partners in Palo Alto
student working with her supervisor at a digital marketing agency
A group collaborates around a conference table
Miami alum Macy Mills works with a coworker in a coworking space in San Francisco
program manager meeting with two cincinnati students at union hall

Curriculum

Prerequisites: Students are required to take ESP 201 and either IMS 418 or IMS 419 prior to their participation. Students may register for IMS 418 or IMS 419 as they wish prior to applying to the program, or they may choose to enroll the semester before participation in the program. Students will all be added to a particular section of ESP 201 the semester prior to their participation in the program. This section will consist only of students participating in the Digital Innovation programs. Students will be exempt from ESP 201 should they have already taken it, however this will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

  • CSE majors are required to take a different prerequisite. CSE majors must take CSE 383, Client/Server Programming (offered fall semester). This course does not need to be taken prior to submitting an application, but it needs to be taken prior to participation.

Students spend four days each week working at an internship and each Friday is “class day” spent visiting companies in the area. Students receive 16 credit hours upon completion of the program.

  • IMS 340 - Internship, 9 credit hours. Students are full-time interns Monday-Thursday of each week. They are also required to complete at least 2 networking events each week, ranging from coffee with networking connections to large networking events. This courses is taken as credit/no credit. To get passing credit, you need to complete all of your networking events, have positive feedback from your employer and be present & fully engaged at your internship every single day. Please see below for examples of companies at which students have previously interned.
  • IMS 390C - Friday “class day” visits, 3 credit hours. Each Friday, students will visit a variety of companies in their respective city, interacting with business leaders and participating in various activities. This is a graded course, and students receive a grade based on being present and engaged during each visit, as well as asking well thought out questions. Please see below for examples of companies students will visit
  • IMS 440 - Senior capstone project, 4 credit hours. Over the course of the semester, students will work as a group to complete a project, likely for a client in the area. In order to receive senior capstone credit, students must enter the program with at least 80 credit hours. This is a graded course, and students are graded on how well they demonstrate team leadership, their performance at a level of excellence while completing project-related tasks, their engagement with the client frequently and professionally and their ability to meet deadlines while delivering an excellent product. This capstone is also cross-listed as a Marketing capstone, which can be verified on a Degree Audit Report (DAR).

IMS major, co-major or minor? All of these courses will count. The program can also be petitioned as a thematic sequence (for non-IMS majors) and is within the College of Creative Arts.

The San Francisco program can also be petitioned to fulfill the Global Perspectives requirement of the Miami Plan. View the steps to complete a petition.

To determine the best way to work this program into your schedule, meet with program management.




The Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco

San Francisco

Program participants will spend four days a week working for a startup in the Bay Area. Each Friday will be spent visiting 2-3 Bay Area companies like Twitter, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, SalesForce, Chegg, PeopleConnect and more. Students will also build a large network of contacts through attendance at various networking events throughout the semester. Additionally, students will complete a senior capstone project with a client in the Bay Area.

Internship Companies

company logos for peopleconnect, blue board, upfizz, prynt, softbank, remoov, infuse.us, Hitcents, bamboo, vyrill, credit sesame, hello Scout, Entelo, tapingo, curology, pilot 44, Steelhead Ventures, Snapchat, the hustle, salesforce, giving assistant, arka, runway, fg, and the materialist

Friday Visit Companies

company logos for facebook, airbnb, barracuda, salesforce, twilio, apple, twitter, reddit, palo alto networks, quantcast, google, pinterest, svb, nokia growth partners, MuleSoft, linkedin, survey monkey, brigade, zendesk, DataFox, aol advertising, realtor.com, techcrunch, twitch, twitter, vsco, doordash, hired, instagram, and foundation talent




An aerial view of downtown Cincinnati

Cincinnati

Program participants will spend four days a week working for a Cincinnati company. Each Friday will be spent visiting companies large and small around the Cincinnati area, from startups to larger corporations. Internships and visits will be with companies like The Brandery, CincyTech, Oracle, Differential, Roadtrippers, Frameri, 84.51 and more. Students will also build a large network of contacts through attendance at various networking events and their own required outreach to individuals in the Cincinnati area throughout the semester.

Internship Companies

The company logos for empower media marketing, scripps, cladwell, fifth third bank, P&G, lisnr, 84.51, cerkl, roadtrippers, spatial, talmetrix, growella, connxus, gaslight, tilr, and frch design worldwide

Friday Visit Companies

The company logos for Frameri, Ahalogy, Gaslight, OCEAN, Topic, Roadtrippers, Differential, Findlay Kitchen, 50 West, Exact Media, Brandimage, Cladwell, HCDC, Casamatic, FamilyTech, Madtree Brewery, P&G, Gild Collective, Nation Kitchen and Bar, tilr, GNGF, Cerkl, ThrivEra, Losant, and Astronomer