Academic Credit Internship Registration Requirements
Internships for credit involve a very specific academic component, which is detailed and agreed to by all parties in advance of the internship experience.
An academic internship involves the application of disciplinary or interdisciplinary concepts to a work experience. It should be thought of as similar to an applied research project that integrates knowledge from the classroom with experience from the internship.
The academic focus of the internship for credit should be woven through the internship experience in a meaningful way under the expert guidance of the faculty member.
You must have an internship secured in order to register for a class.
- During the advising period, the student must obtain permission to receive credit from the faculty supervisor.
- Registration for the Internship Seminar 494 course will be completed via KnightLine.
- If the Internship Seminar 494 is not available on KnightLine, students have the option of obtaining credit through an individualized internship with a sponsoring faculty supervisor. It is the student’s responsibility to find a faculty member who is willing to individually supervise them. The faculty supervisor, the student’s academic adviser, and the divisional associate dean must sign a special course registration form, which is available through the registrar’s office. The Internship 494 option on the form must be checked.
- The nature of the internship experience (i.e. the job responsibilities), primarily determines which internship course the student registers for. A student with an internship experience within their major would register for that discipline’s internship course (i.e. an art major with a graphic design internship would register for ART 494). However, when the internship experience is outside of that student’s major the student would register for HUMA 494, NSCI 494, or SSCI 494 based on the nature of the experience (i.e. a music major with a business internship would register for SSCI 494).
- Students and advisers should check the college catalog to determine whether an internship course will count as an elective towards the student’s major. If not listed as a major elective in the college catalog, the internship course can only be applied to major requirements through the course substitution process, available through the registrar’s office.
- Normal tuition policies apply to internships taken for credit.
- Students are required to work a minimum of 120 hours at the internship site during the length of the course. More hours may be required depending on the specific course.
- Students can only take each internship course once per site, with a maximum of 8 internship credits taken.
- Students must be of junior or senior standing, but an exception to this prerequisite can be made if approved by the divisional associate dean.
- Students must have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA to be eligible to register for a credit-bearing internship. Students with a lower than 2.50 cumulative GPA must obtain approval to register for an internship seminar by the faculty supervisor.
- Students must be interning during the semester they are taking the internship course (i.e. the internship must be taken simultaneous with the course). An exception can be made if approved by the division associate dean.
- Students can receive credit for their internship regardless of whether it is paid or unpaid.
- Students are not allowed to receive credit if they are interning with a family business, or have a relative as their direct supervisor.
Division of Humanities & Fine Arts:
- RELS 494: Tony Pichler
- ART, ENGL, THEA, or WMGS 494: David Duquette
- HUMA 494 (for students in the division of humanities and fine arts whose major programs are not listed above): David Duquette
- NSCI 494 and all other majors within the division of natural sciences: your appropriate academic discipline coordinator
- BUAD 494: Paul Bursik; for additional information on receiving credit for a business internship see “BUAD 494 Internship” on the business administration course offerings page.
- SOCI 481 or 482: Kim Kaczmarowski
- SSCI 494 and all other majors within the division of social sciences: your appropriate academic discipline coordinator.
Internship Learning Agreement
Complete an internship learning agreement, which may differ depending on the discipline; therefore, consult with your class instructor. learning agreements are to be signed by the student, site supervisor, and class instructor. A copy of your learning agreements should be given to the career services office by the first week of class so the college can keep accurate record of all internships completed.
Class instructors will complete site visits at their discretion. The mid-semester site visit may address fulfillment of supervisor expectations, reflection by the intern about their learning goal progress as outlined in the internship learning agreement and implementation of ideas for an improved learning environment.
All faculty supervisors will submit an end-of-semester evaluation to all student interns regarding the internship experience and to all work-site supervisors regarding student performance. These evaluations may differ between disciplines.