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We can help you create an internship search plan.
For-credit internships are available to juniors and seniors who wish to pursue an opportunity linked to their areas of study. Internships are supervised by a Faculty Internship Supervisor or Internship Specialist who helps facilitate learning and self-reflection. Learn more about the guidelines and process for obtaining a for-credit internship below.
Read the complete for-credit internship guidelines here. Highlights include:
- For-credit Internships are open to juniors and seniors; international students must receive employment authorization (contact Ashley Sinclair, Director of Off-Campus Study for more information)
- Before the Director of Internships will approve an internship for-credit, students must be approved by the Dean of Students, their Faculty Advisor, and their Faculty Internship Supervisor or Internship Specialist. Additionally, international students need approval from the Director of Off-Campus Study and students admitted to the In The Loop Program require approval from the Director of the In the Loop Program.
- Internship must be aligned with area of study
- The bulk of the internship work must take place at the site
- Student will not normally receive more than three internship credits total; a maximum of two credits will be awarded for each internship
- 1 credit = approximately 150 hours of on the job experience
- Commission based internships will not be approved
Interested? Take these steps:
- Review the complete for-credit internship guidelines.
- Complete the Phase 1 Application to receive pre-approval from your Faculty Academic Advisor, the Dean of Students, and the Career Advancement Center to pursue an internship for credit. You will be assigned to a Faculty Internship Supervisor or Internship Specialist who will help you with your internship search.
- Complete the for-credit internship interest survey. This step is only relevant if you are interested in pursuing an internship more than three semesters from now.
- Meet with your Faculty Internship Supervisor or Internship Specialist (see list on right) to discuss the for-credit internship process including important guidelines, deadlines and required paperwork. Note that students must be approved by the Dean of Students, their Faculty Advisor, and their Faculty Internship Supervisor or Internship Specialist before the Director of Internships will approve an internship for credit. Additionally, international students need approval from the Director of Off-Campus Study and students admitted to the In The Loop Program require approval from the Director of the In the Loop Program.
- Connect with your Faculty Advisor to ensure that a for-credit internship would fit with your academic plan
- Work with your Career Advisor to identify resources and methods to help you secure an internship. Your Faculty Internship Supervisor or Internship Specialist can also share organizations who have hosted for-credit interns in the past.
- Once you have secured an internship, obtain an offer letter from your on-site supervisor. Check with your Faculty Internship Supervisor or Internship Specialist to ensure the offer letter includes all required information.
- Complete and submit your required for-credit internship registration. All relevant parties listed above must review and approve the registration prior the appropriate deadline (see below).
Deadlines to obtain an internship and submit all for-credit internship registration materials:
Fall/Spring: Students should work with their Faculty Internship Supervisor to complete and submit Phase 2 at least one week prior to the add/drop date for classes to allow time for approvals. The Phase 2 application is completed through the same system as Phase 1.
Summer: The preferred registration deadline for summer internships is the first day of the first summer session. All requirements and hours must be completed by July 31, unless the student receives special permission from their Faculty Internship Supervisor and Director of Internships to finish after this date. Learn more about summer internships on the summer internships page.
Students who are not yet eligible for a for-credit internship, have used all available internship credits, or wish to obtain an internship that does not meet for credit internship guidelines may choose to pursue a non-credit internship. Some internships are only available for-credit through Faculty Internship Supervisors; in these cases, students will work with their career advisor to search for non-credit internships, if available.