Computer Science and Statistics

College of Arts and Sciences

SEA Course Overview

The key element of the SEA Program is that it is a fully cooperative effort between the university and the participating industrial sponsors. The success of the program will require a sharing of responsibilities between the URI faculty, the sponsoring companies, and the student. This partnership is described in the URI SEA Program Comp flyer and in detail below:


URI Faculty

The faculty will represent the university in assuring that students enrolled in the SEA Program have a clear plan for an apprenticeship project that, upon successful completion, will meet the requirements for receiving academic credit. The faculty will also have final authority for determining satisfactory completion and grades. A designated faculty advisor will act as the point of contact to the industry sponsor for the duration of a student’s apprenticeship.

Industry Sponsor

The industrial partner will provide a professional, team-oriented environment where a student can contribute to an on-going project that utilizes software engineering skills. The sponsor will provide a direct supervisor who will guide the student’s progress, and who will be a liaison with the designated faculty advisor. The supervisor will give timely feedback to both the student and the faculty advisor concerning the student’s progress.


The student will perform and represent himself/herself and the university as a member of the computer technologies profession, contributing as a valued team member on a real-world software engineering project. The student will keep his/her industry supervisor informed of progress, and of any issues or difficulties arising during the apprenticeship.

Time Frame

B.S. in Computer Science students are expected to enroll in CSC 499 for one semester* as part of their degree requirements, unless specifically exempted by a curriculum modification approved by the department. Students may register for CSC 499 in the spring of their junior year, the summer following their junior year, or the fall of their senior year. Enrollment in a second semester of CSC 499 is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the first semester’s work. For B.A. Computer Science students, CSC 499 does not count toward the major but may be used to satisfy upper-level courses in general.

*Students beginning the B.S. program prior to Fall 2014 were required to complete 8CR of CSC 499 (two semesters).

Work Hours

Each semester, CSC 499 carries four university credits toward graduation. Accordingly, students in the program will be expected to work on their project 15 to 20 hours per week during the academic year. Students should not work more than 20 total hours in one week when classes are in session and during the final examination period.



The amount of compensation for industry sponsored projects is to be negotiated by the student but will typically be $10 – $18 per hour with industry. Some students have worked for free for non-profits. University sponsored projects may or may not include compensation depending upon the availability of funds.

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