Internships for Credit

Career Development can support students seeking academic credit for internships.

Amount of Credit Allowed

Students select how much credit they would like to receive; their options range from .25-3 credits. The amount of credit students receive is dependent upon how many hours they work at their internship site: students must work 120 hours at their internship site for each 1 credit they receive. Internships for Academic Credit is a credit/no-credit course.

Internship Requirements

Career Development can only offer internship credit to students who have already obtained an internship. Students must be actively working at their internship site during the semester(s) for which they are enrolled in the course. Career Development cannot offer credit for internships that have been completed before the student has enrolled in the course. 

Internships must be at least 8 weeks long in order to enroll in the course. Due to certain circumstances, exceptions for the 8-week rule can occasionally be made. If you have an internship that is less than 8 weeks long and you would like to earn credit, please email Francesca Scotese <fscotese> with additional information for a decision to be made.

Enrollment Process (For both IDS 194 and Department-Level Courses)

Once a student has obtained an internship for which they would like to receive academic credit, they will complete the online agreement form.

It is important to note that the agreement form requires you to upload:

  1. A description of your internship signed by your employer. This description should be written by your employer and should include an explanation of your responsibilities, training that you will be receiving, and the level of supervision that you will have. 
  2. For Department-level credit only: A completed department-credit contract. 

The Summer 2021 enrollment deadline for all sections is June 3rd.

Important for students seeking department credit: Some departments choose to collaborate with Career Development when offering students department-level internship credit while others offer courses without Career Development collaboration. If you are a student interested in receiving department credit, check with your department to ensure that you are enrolling in the correct course before completing the enrollment process described above.

Required Academic Assignments 

In addition to their internship hours, students must also complete academic assignments to receive course credit. Once students are enrolled in the internship course, they will be added to a WISE site. In this WISE site, students will submit academic assignments as outlined by the course syllabus.

Other than the final paper for department-level credit, all assignments will be reviewed by Francesca Scotese. Francesca will also conduct mid-semester check-ins with site supervisors to ensure that students are on track to complete the hours required for the amount of credit they have requested.

For more information on the academic requirements for this course, please review the IDS 194 syllabus or the Department-Level Syllabus for Spring 2021.

Guide to Responsibilities

Each party has an important role in this process. Please refer to the table below to understand the different responsibilities of each party from the beginning of the process to the end.

Creates job description and hires student Applies and agrees to job description
Creates syllabus and assignments Submits assignments as outlined by syllabus
Signs internship agreement Signs internship agreement Signs internship agreement
Sends signed Internship Agreement form to Registrar
Provides ongoing supervision of intern at worksite Maintains contact with internship site and students Completes assignments, uploads journals to WISE, and is attentive to course communication
Conducts exit interview with job performance evaluation Receives supervisor performance evaluation and uploads a copy to WISE
Reviews assignments and submits final grades
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