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Getting Credit

Students can earn academic credit for internships in the profit and non-profit sectors. We believe that a supervised work experience can provide a valuable educational experience that augments the regular academic program of students.

Combining Academic Inquiry with Work Experience

A full-time faculty member or a career and internship advisor supervises the academic portion of the internship. The academic work that needs to be completed is determined by mutual agreement between the student and faculty sponsor. The academic credit awarded ranges from four to sixteen hours.

The work experience portion is supervised by the staff where the internship takes place, and the amount of work varies anywhere from 10 to 16 (and even up to 40) hours a week in four-credit internships taken during the academic year. Special options are available for students wishing to register for internships during the summer.

Guidelines for Internship Admission

Internships for credit are part of the Independent Studies Program. For admission to these programs, students should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Students need the agreement of a faculty sponsor, the Deans’ Office, and the supervisory personnel of the agency or office where the internship is going to be.
  • Credit arrangements are subject to the regulations of the faculty sponsor’s or internship’s department.
  • Students can take no more than one four-credit Independent Studies course (including an internship) per semester.
  • Students can take no more than eight credits of Independent Studies courses (including internships) with the same faculty member.
  • All internships for more than four credits, with the exception of the Washington Semester Program, Art New York, and the Internships in Europe programs, require the approval of the Internship Committee, which should be requested prior to the start of the semester in which the internship is proposed.

Independent Internship Options

Departmental Internship Programs

Many academic departments have specific internship information on their websites. See the departmental internship programs page for a complete list.

Independent 394 Departmental Internships

There are no specific admission requirements for this type of internship, and any student can try to arrange one. These internships usually carry four credits and are taken along with three other four-credit courses as part of a normal semester’s schedule. It is not usually advisable to overload while doing an internship.

Notes:

  • It must involve at least 10 to 16 hours per week in a professional setting.
  • The work performed may not be clerical. The purpose of an internship is to acquire experience at the professional level.
  • A full-time member of the teaching faculty must supervise the academic component that complements the direct work experience. The faculty sponsor and the student determine the exact nature of the academic work. See Guidelines for Internship for Credit for information on expected content and grading.
  • In order to register for the internship course (394), students must get an instructor permission code from their faculty member and complete the Independent Internship registration form.

CAS 394 Independent Internship

Students are always encouraged to first seek an internship faculty sponsor in their academic department, as the connections they will make to their studies will be richer through that sponsorship. Students who are unable to find a faculty sponsor, or who are undertaking an interdisciplinary or extracurricular internship can discuss receiving credit through the CAS 394 independent internship option.

Similar to departmental independent internships, there are no specific admission requirements for this type of internship, and any student can try to arrange one. These internships usually carry four credits and are taken along with three other four-credit courses as part of a normal semester’s schedule.

  • It must involve at least 10 to 16 hours per week in a professional setting
  • The work performed may not be clerical. The purpose of an internship is to acquire experience at the professional level.
  • A full-time member of the Career and Internship Center staff must supervise the academic component that complements the direct work experience. The sponsor and the student determine the exact nature of the academic work. See Guidelines for Internship for Credit for information on expected content and grading.

Learn more about getting credit for internships at the Career and Internship Center website.

CAS 394i Special Internship  - .5 credit – available all terms beginning Summer 2017

Open to undergraduates in Arts, Sciences and Engineering, CAS 394i is designed for those who wish to or who are being required to register for credit for employer policies or immigration requirements. There is no tuition charged for this credit, internships can be paid or unpaid. It is available to international students seeking CPT authorization. Learn more about getting credit for internships at the Career and Internship Center website.

International Students Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

International students seeking Curricular Practical Training (CPT) allowance on their student visa will also need to complete the CPT process through International Services Office (ISO) PRIOR to starting their internship, and should follow the CPT instructions.

Timelines for Departmental or CAS 394 Internship

  • Four-credit independent internship courses must be approved by the end of the third week of the semester.
  • Three-credit independent internship courses must be approved by the end of the fifth week of the semester.
  • Two-credit independent internship courses must be approved by the end of the seventh week of the semester.
  • Half-credit special internships can be registered at any time during the semester, but students must register prior to starting their internship. International students pursuing CPT must receive their CPT clearance from ISO prior to beginning their internship hours.