If you would like to earn academic credit for an internship, you must register for the credit before beginning your internship experience; the course must also be taken at the same time as your internship. Enrollment in academic credit is typically restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, but exceptions for first-year students may be made on a case-by-case basis with faculty approval.
How many credits you can earn for each internship depends on the number of hours you will be on-site at the internship and the number of hours of academic work you will complete for your faculty supervisor. Each academic credit requires a minimum of 30 hours on-site at your internship and 5 hours of academic work as assigned by your faculty supervisor. For example:
- 1 credit = min. 30 hours on-site and 5 hours of academic work
- 2 credits = min. 60 hours on-site and 10 hours of academic work
- 3 credits = min. 90 hours on-site and 15 hours of academic work
- 4 credits = min. 120 hours on-site and 20 hours of academic work
- …and so on; you can earn up to 16 credits total for internships before graduating
All required hours must be completed during the term of enrollment in order to receive credit; hours completed before or after the term of enrollment do not count.
To earn academic credit, you will need to secure an internship, find a faculty supervisor, complete the required paperwork, complete both the on-site hours and academic assignments, and fill out a self-evaluation at the conclusion of your internship.
Below is the required registration paperwork; all completed paperwork is to be returned to Career Development and Civic Engagement.
- Checklist – Explains the timeline and expectations of a credit-bearing internship
- Registration Form – Due before internship start date
- Experiential Activity Agreement – Due with registration form
- Learning Plan – Due within two weeks of start date
For more information or assistance with the registration process, please contact Bobbi Sullivan.