Students wishing to receive academic credit for an internship enroll in an Internship course in their major or minor area of study under the advisement of a full time professor (Faculty Internship Advisor). Students complete academic work in conjunction with their internship, and are graded by their Faculty Internship Advisor on their work, typically along with an evaluation from their on-site supervisor.
Internship courses must be registered in the same semester that the internship is completed. For instance, an internship completed in the summer may not be registered for an associated Internship course in the fall.
Students may notreceive academic credit for the same internship twice. To register a second internship with the same company, the student should be working in a different department, with a new supervisor, or with significantly increased responsibilities.
Click here to review the Student Internship Credit Agreement. Click here to review the Employer Internship Site Agreement.
To be eligible to register an internship for credit, students must:
have completed 30 credits of coursework
have declared their major
be a matriculated student
Individual departments may have additional prerequisites for Internship courses; contact your Advisor or major Department Chair to verify departmental eligibility.
International students must inform the Office of International Student Services (OISS) of any internship to obtain approval and work authorization.
Students on an F-1 visa must receive academic credit for all internships, and must meet eligibility requirements to do so. F-1 students may only register an internship in their major area of study (internships in the minor cannot be approved). See the F-1 Student Internships flyer in your Handshake Resource Library for more information.
Find a Faculty Internship Advisor
Students must secure a faculty advisor from their intended internship department. Faculty Internship Advisors will sign off on the internship, advise the student during the Internship course, and submit a grade for the course. Not every professor is authorized to be a Faculty Internship Advisor, and some departments pre-select Faculty Internship Advisors for students. Contact the CCD or your major department if you need assistance in obtaining a Faculty Internship Advisor.
Submit Internship for Credit Request Find the link to the Internship Request Form on Handshake (“Experience") Complete this form with the details of your internship. The CCD will review your submission and respond to you with next steps.
Signatures & Registration
When your Internship for Credit Request is approved, you will receive notification from the CCD, and emails will be sent to the following for electronic approval:
Your on-site supervisor at your internship
Your Faculty Internship Advisor
The Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
Office of International Student Services (if applicable)
During Fall and Spring Semesters all students receiving credit for their Internships must attend a mandatory Mid-Semester Check-in Meeting at the CCD. These are group sessions of 5-10 students and last approximately 30 minutes. During all internship semesters, students are required to submit evaluations of their internship experience at mid-semester and end of semester, and supervisors are required to submit an evaluation of their intern’s performance at end of semester.
The deadline to register an internship is the Add/Drop deadline set by the Registrar for the given semester. Extensions to register past the Add/Drop deadline may be granted on an individual basis. Contact the CCD for information.
Summer Session Internships
Because credit-bearing Internships are registered as courses through the Registrar’s office, students must pay per-credit tuition if they wish to receive credit for their Summer Internship. Contact the Registrar’s office or Student Accounts for pricing details.
Summer Session Internship courses are registered in Summer I with a deadline in early June (consult the Academic Calendar to verify Add/Drop deadlines for specific summers). Students who receive offers after that deadline should consult the CCD. Summer Internship Course registration is subject to faculty availability. Check with your department as early as possible to ensure that a Faculty Internship Advisor is available for summer.
During the semester of the internship, students must work a minimum 40 hours per credit earned. Please make sure you are on track to fulfill this hour requirement:
*Note that this is a minimum requirement to earn the number of credits you are requesting. It does not dictate when you may leave your internship; that is agreed upon between you and your supervisor.
Information Needed for Your Submission
The following information will be asked on the Internship for Credit (Expereinces) request form. Be sure to have all of this information before you begin to fill out the request form:
Name of the organization
Complete street address of organization (street, city, state & zip)
Name, title, and contact information for your internship supervisor
Internship start and end dates
Weekly internship schedule (Calculate your total anticipated hours from the first day of classes to the last day of classes and make sure it meets the minimum requirement)
Your Faculty Internship Advisor (the professor who advises your course and grades you) If your department does not pre-select this person, you must find your own before registering - consult CCD or your department for assistance
Complete detailed job description for the internship
Develop 2-3 academic learning objectives for your internship