We create IT experiences for students that will prepare them to be competitive in IT career fields upon graduation.

Student Professional IT Experience (SPRITE)

The Department of Information Technology (DoIT) within the Division of Student Affairs offers a program of professional IT experiences for students who may be considering a career in IT. The SPRITE program is designed to provide student workers with a multi-year experience of professional IT competencies tailored to fit the student’s area of interest. Students who participate will receive a co-curricular transcript detailing the various training and experiences they received during their tenure. Students accepted into the program work as paid student workers within the department while learning how a professional IT organization works.

Program Goals

Expose students to a broad range of IT disciplines.
Provide self-guided and supervised training and experiences to give students the skills they need to be competitive.

Areas of Concentration

Participants will be exposed to multiple areas of professional IT work such as;

  • Service Desk
  • Applications Development
  • Systems Administration
  • Databases
  • Project Management
  • Business Analysis

Training and assessment will also be given in a variety of soft-skill competencies necessary for successful entry-level IT professionals. Areas of training include;

  • Teamwork
  • Verbal Communication
  • Decision-Making
  • Problem-Solving

How It Works

Candidates may apply for the SPRITE program by attending an Intern Fair. These are offered prior to each long semester. If selected, a participant will begin the program as a paid student worker, and be expected to work 10-20 hours per week.

PHASE 1 – On-Boarding

In phase 1, participants are given general IT on-boarding for a period up to 4 weeks. During this period, participants will complete a variety of online training courses and experiences to introduce them to the culture of the department.

PHASE 2 – Orientation

Upon completion of phase 1, students begin their experience as members of the service desk team and will actively support customers. During phase 2, students will also be exposed to all teams within the department and complete various soft-skill training experiences. Phase 2 lasts 2 long semesters.

PHASE 3 – Specialization

Upon completion of Phase 2, students may select, subject to availability, a position with another departmental team. This phase will give participants in-depth experience in their preferred area of IT.

For More Information

Contact Kerry Pickens at kerryp@doit.tamu.edu or call 979-862-7990.