Each campus department has different requirements for internship credits. Internships defaults to the judgement of faculty internship advisors when determining if an experience warrants academic credit. If you are unsure about your department's protocol for internship credit, contact your chair or administrative assistant. Below are general guidelines often followed when assigning academic credit, but be sure to check with your department for differences in policy before proceeding.
Determining Academic Credit for Internships
As was mentioned above, Internships leaves credit decisions to the discretion of the faculty internship advisor. Internships come in a variety of different forms depending on the field of study and the needs of the student. Paid or unpaid, the student must be acquiring or honing skills specific to their major while under the direct supervision of someone considered a master in the field. Internships are not meant to benefit the employer as "free labor," but should directly benefit the student. For more information on the parameters of an appropriate internship, please see the U.S. Department of Labor Internship Program Fact Sheet.
To ensure that each internship provides a meaningful experience, students are required to fill out an Experiential Learning Agreement (ELA) which outlines not only the details of the internship (compensation, timeframe, supervisor's contact information, etc.) but also requires the student to submit a job description and learning objectives. Ideally, the student should work with his/her faculty advisor to determine appropriate learning objectives.
You may choose to assign additional academic assignments to your students to further enhance their internship experience. These types of assignments may include: reflection papers, journals, end-of-internship presentations, portfolios, posters, blogs, etc.
General Guidelines and Information
- 1 academic credit = a minimum of 45 hours of work, although some departments do go over the minimum (Faculty Senate Procedure #201.35)
- Credits are assigned under "98" number courses (198, 298, 398, 498, 598, 698) in their respective departments
- If a "98" number does not currently exist for internships in your department, the Registrar's Office can activate one for you
- 6 internship credits can be applied toward graduation as either major requirements or elective credit
- Credit can be offered as a Traditional Grade or as Credit/No Credit
- An override slip is needed for the student to register for the course on Cyberbear
- Internships and internship credit are offered each semester throughout the academic year
- Depending on the dates of the internship, students may need to take credit in a semester other than the one the internship took place; however, the two should coincide as much as possible.
- All internships taken for credit must be reported to Internships via the Experiential Learning Agreement