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Dr. Rhodes and students

Computer Science & Information Technology

Juniata’s department of IT, CS and digital media offers agile and comprehensive programs covering not only the basic skills of information technology and digital media but also blending interdisciplinary instruction from other departments such as environmental science, business, theatre and communication. The result is a variety of extensive real-world experiences for all students, coupled with a comprehensive education in networking, web design, databases, software development and more.

Get Involved:

  • Association for Computer Operations Management
  • Association for Computing Machinery Communication and Media Club
  • Information Technology Association of America - TechAmerica
  • Information Technology Industry Council
  • Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals
  • International Webmasters Association
  • Juniata Activities Board
  • Professional Association for Computer Training
  • TechServe Alliance
Professional organizations on campus

What Our Alumni Are Saying:

While at Juniata, I worked for the help desk, solutions center and then as a student server manager for Campus Network Security. In Innovations for Industry, I worked on a secure file transfer project for the Tax and Trade Bureau in Washington, D.C., and built a website from scratch for a medical center. It’s the real situations with real solutions that sets the IT/CS department at Juniata in a class above the rest.

-Arianne Waddington ’11

Our Recent Graduates in the Workforce

Michael Cassatt ’12, Aimee Reinaker ’11, David Lamberson ’13, Jakub Szulaczkowski ’12 and Elizabeth Donovan ’12 received a $25,000 KIZ grant for their new student business: Techno Mango, L.L.C. Each student in the venture has received $5,000 from the JCEL Student Seed Capital Fund, funds that have been earmarked by the Huntingdon County Keystone Innovation Zone for new ventures that fall within certain types of industries, such as information technology, life sciences, renewable energy and advanced manufacturing.

Travis Raup ’11 is currently employed as the assistant manager of web services and databases for the American Anthropological Association. A Juniata graduate, and IT board member, Lisa Myers ’81, gave Travis a heads-up that the position was available.

Arianne Waddington ’11 is currently employed by the Glendale Area Medical Association. She was the project leader on an Innovations for Industry project for the GAMA in the fall 2010 semester. Now Arianne will be working for GAMA full time.

Andy Waplinger ’12 whose work at Juniata’s Digital Media Studio led him to an internship at the Showtime hit show Weeds, was hired before graduation as a video and editing intern at Rokenbok Toys in Solana Beach, Calif.

You can read about more outstanding Computer Science graduates.

What Can You Do With a POE in Computer Science?

Bachelor’s Degree

[Entry Level]
  • assistant analyst
  • facilities manager
  • LAN administrator
  • manufacturing engineer
  • programmer analyst
  • software developer

Graduate Degree

[Experience Often Required]
  • associate consultant
  • consultant
  • multimedia developer
  • programming supervisor
  • systems analyst
  • systems integration consultant

Possible Employers:

  • bank and investment firms
  • business & industry
  • colleges & universities
  • consulting firms
  • consulting organizations
  • hotels/restaurants
  • research and developing firms
  • state/federal government
  • technical/professional journals
  • telecommunications organizations

Related Occupations:

  • chief information officer
  • computer security specialist
  • data base manager
  • educator
  • electronics engineer
  • mathematician
  • network specialist
  • processing auditor
  • robotics technician
  • senior project manager
  • software sales agent
  • statistician

Stay on Target the Next Four Years

Freshman Year

Increase Self-Awareness
  • Identify interests, values and skills by using FOCUS
  • Meet with a Career Counselor and/or take NDSS 100 Career Planning
  • Develop a professional resume and upload it to JuniataJobs.com
  • Attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops throughout the year
  • Test your interests through student organizations, volunteer work and a summer job/internship

Sophomore Year

Explore Relevant Work Experience
  • Research specific careers and related qualifications
  • Become active in student organizations relevant to your POE; consider a leadership position
  • Update your resume on JuniataJobs and attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops
  • Set Social Networking sites to “private” and maintain professional behavior
  • Attend events with Juniata alumni to build your network;create a profile on Juniata Connect
  • Get a job or internship related to your field of interest

Junior Year

Prepare for the Professional World
  • Make employment/graduate school choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and participate in Career Workshops
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Build a professional wardrobe and attend the Etiquette Dinner
  • Simulate a Mock Interview
  • Get an internship related to your field of study

Senior Year

Implement Career Choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and secure quality references
  • Meet with a Career Counselor for your “Senior Meeting”; consider registering for NDSS 205—21st Century Career Search
  • Create a LinkedIn Profile and network with professionals for job leads/grad school information
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Apply to targeted employers/graduate schools: Follow-Up

Notable Internship Sites:

  • Allegheny Energy
  • American Education Services (AES)/PHEAA
  • Best Instrument, Inc.
  • Black and Decke
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • GE Transportation
  • National Drug Intelligence Center
  • National Security Agency
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLPr
Acquire on-the-job experience

Career Services Staff

  • Darwin V. Kysor, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
  • Michael J. Pennington,
    MHRM, M.Ed.
    Assistant Director