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Get Academic Credit!

The first step in getting credit for an internship is to talk to a faculty advisor in your department.  Ultimately, it is up to your faculty internship supervisor whether or not an internship warrants academic credit.  Every department at the University handles internships differently.  Review the requirements and guidelines associated with your department by visiting their website or talking to a faculty member.

General Guidelines (NOTE: This does not apply to all departments)

  • 45-50 working hours = 1 academic credit hour
  • 6 internship credits can be applied toward graduation
  • Academic credit for internships is available through "98" level courses (i.e. 298, 398, 498,..)
  • A registration override signed by a faculty advisor is required to register for internship credit
  • All internships taken for credit must be reported to Internship Services via the Online Learning Agreement

Jeremy Brooks

UM intern Jeremy Brooks feeds a pair of moose calves during his internship with Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Steps for Getting Academic Credit

  1. Talk to a faculty advisor and review departmental procedures, requirements, etc.
  2. Communicate with the internship supervisor where you will be interning. Please note that many companies/organizations require interns to take at least 1 credit hour to be eligible for the position.
  3. Once everyone is in agreement regarding the details of the internship, complete an override slip and register for the credit.
  4. Print the Online Learning Agreement Worksheet to help you collect the necessary information before attempting to fill out the form online.
  5. Discuss Learning Objectives and a Job Description with your faculty advisor and internship supervisor to tailor the internship to your specific academic and career needs and goals.
  6. Fill out the Online Learning Agreement through your Griz eRecruiting account.
  7. Complete any additional requirements assigned by your employer or your faculty advisor.
  8. Complete an internship evaluation and encourage your supervisor to do the same.  See an example of the Student's Final Evaluation and a Supervisor's Final Evaluation.