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Career Connections

Academic Internship Course (for-credit)

Are you a rising junior or senior?

The Academic Internship Course (for-credit) is available to juniors and seniors who wish to pursue an opportunity linked to their areas of study. Internships are supervised by an Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor who helps facilitate learning and self-reflection. Learn more about the guidelines and process for obtaining an Academic Internship below. 

Start the process early!

We recommend that you meet with your CAC Internship Specialist to discuss the Academic Internship search and application process within the first two weeks of the semester prior to your planned internship, but no later than 3 weeks before the add/drop date for classes in the semester you plan to intern.


Read the complete Academic Internship Program (for-credit) Guidelines hereHighlights include:

  • Rising Junior or Senior? Academic Internships (for-credit) are open to rising juniors and seniors. Sophomores who wish to complete an Academic Internship must submit a written appeal to the CAC, contact cacintern@lakeforest.edu for details.
  • Transfer Students in their first semester at the College will not typically be approved to pursue an Academic Internship.
  • Approvals: Before the Career Advancement Center will approve an Academic Internship, students must be approved by the Dean of Students, the Title IX Coordinator, their Faculty Academic Advisor, and their Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor. The Career Advancement Center will request the above approvals on the student’s behalf.
    • In The Loop participants require additional approval from Jennie Larsen, Director of Center for Chicago Programs (larsen@lakeforest.edu).
    • International students require additional employment authorization: 
      • F-1 Visa international students, contact Erin Hoffman, Associate Dean of Students (x5200 or hoffman@lakeforest.edu)
        • J-1 Visa international students, contact Alexandra Olson, Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office, (x5231 or aolson@mx.lakeforest.edu). 
      • Start Date: International students may not start an internship before they receive their employment authorization.
  • Area of Study: Internship must be aligned with student’s area of study.
  • Location: The bulk of the internship work must take place at the site. Remote internships will typically not be approved.
  • Credit Limit: A student will not typically receive more than a total of three internship credits while at the College. A maximum of two credits will be awarded for each internship. Exception: Students in the “In the Loop” Program may earn a fourth internship credit during that program. One credit = approximately 150 hours of on the job experience.
  • Commission-Based internships will not be approved.
  • Retroactive Credit is not permitted. In order to earn academic course credit, students must complete the Academic Internship Course concurrent with the internship experience.
  • Acceptance of Offer: Once an offer has been accepted, the student is expected to decline subsequent interviews and stop applying for positions. It is expected that students honor their commitment to their employer once they have accepted an offer. The Internship Specialist is available to help assist students evaluate their offer before committing.
  • Start Date: You should not start your internship before securing approval from the Career Advancement Center.

Interested? Take these steps:

  1. Review the complete Academic Internship Program Guidelines.
  2. Connect with your Faculty Academic Advisor to ensure that an Academic Internship will fit into your academic plan.
  3. Complete the Academic Internship Course - Interest SurveyYou will be assigned to a Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor who will help you with your internship search. 
  4. Meet with your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor (see list on right) to discuss the Academic Internship approval process.
  5. Work with your Career Advisor to create your resume, craft cover letters, and prepare for interviews. Please note, for the Creative Arts and Communication and Law and Public Service pathways, your Career Advisor and your Internship Specialist will be the same professional.
  6. Complete and submit the Academic Internship Course Application, once you have secured an internship. You must contact your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor for access to the application. 


Deadlines to secure an internship and submit the Academic Internship Course Application:

Fall/Spring: Students should work with their Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor to complete and submit their Academic Internship Course application no later than one week prior to the add/drop date for classes to allow time for approvals.

Summer: Summer applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, the preferred registration deadline for summer internships is one week prior to the first day of the May Term.  All requirements and hours must be completed by July 31, unless the student receives special permission from their Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor and the Director of the Career Advancement Center to finish after this date. Learn more about summer internships on the Summer Internships page.

Non-Credit Internships

Students who are not yet eligible for an Academic Internship, have earned all available internship credits, or wish to obtain an internship that does not meet the Academic Internship Program Guidelines may choose to pursue a Non-Credit Internship. Please be aware that certain organizations only offer internships for academic credit, which must be obtained through your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor. In the case of Non-Credit Internships, students will work with their Internship Specialist to secure an opportunity, if available.