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 

  • 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
  • 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 signed by the faculty advisor is needed for the student to register for the course on Cyberbear to get credit
  • 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

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 Experiential 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 Experiential Learning Agreement through your Handshake 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.