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Courses & Credit

The Greene Center offers multiple academic course options for students to enroll in. For the current 2019-20 academic year, students can consider:


CASC 104: Design Your Life (+ Career) (1 Credit)

Design Your Life (+Career!) is an eight-week dynamic course that applies a design-thinking framework and mindset to career exploration and development. Students will learn to get curious, try stuff out and talk to people through experiential activities in and out of the classroom, self-reflection, readings and discussion. Through successful completion of this course, students will be able to architect their experiences at Rochester and beyond, and be better equipped to adapt to change and disruption while navigating academic and career decisions.


CASC 394: Independent Internship (1 - 4 Credits)

There are no specific admission requirements for this type of internship, and any student can try to arrange one. These internships are available in the fall and spring semesters only and usually carry four credits. Internships can be taken along with three other four-credit courses as part of a normal semester’s schedule.

The Greene Center encourages you to identify an internship faculty sponsor in your academic department prior to applying to CASC 394, as the connections you make to your studies will be richer through that sponsorship.

The Greene Center oversees CASC 394. Independent Internships are subject to independent study policies regulated through the College Center for Advising Services (CCAS). Note that if your internship is outside of your primary academic division, and you cannot find a faculty sponsor in an associated department, these will be considered elective credits that will count toward your graduation credits, but not toward your major or degree requirements. 

Course Requirements

Due to the higher number of course credits, you will be assigned weekly readings, analytical journals and an end of semester paper. Exact assignments will be negotiated with the instructor as part of the academic learning agreement process.

Internship Requirements

  • At least 10 to 16 hours per week in a professional setting
  • Encompass non-clerical work, as the purpose of an internship is to acquire experience at the professional level
  • Academic component must be supervised by a Greene Center Advisor
  • Obtain an instructor permission code from The Greene Center, register online, and complete the Independent Internship Registration Form**

**It is highly advisable to begin meeting with The Greene Center the semester prior to your internship, to ensure you can complete registration by the third week of classes.


CASC 394i: Special Internship (0.5 Credit)

All undergraduate students are eligible to register for CASC 394i, which is available all academic terms with no associated tuition fees. It can be utilized for both paid and unpaid internship opportunities. Students may elect to register for CASC 394i for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) allowance needed for a student on an F-1 or J-1 visa
  • Internship employer requiring registration for academic credit
  • Transcript notation
  • Maximize learning

Course Requirements

  • Complete the Academic Learning Agreement (PDF) (DOC) and upload to Blackboard
  • End-of term reflection assignment(s) in Blackboard
  • Internship supervisor feedback form (can be waived if needed)

Registration Process

Registration Information 

Obtain an instructor permission code from The Greene Center, register online, and complete the Independent Internship Registration Form**


Clinical Research Readiness Program (Online, 0 Credits)

Students interested in working with human subjects in a health-related research or internship position can complete all necessary certifications by completing this zero-credit, self-paced online course. Check out the registration details for further information.


More Information

For more details regarding both CASC394 and CASC394i and their registration requirements, please visit the Internship website.