Internships are offered for credit through specific H&S departments and programs (consult the catalog for details). Typically, H&S programs require students to have completed a substantial portion of a major or minor course of study before they are eligible to undertake an Internship; in this way, students are prepared to get the most out of these experiential learning opportunities. Some programs also limit the number of credits that can be applied towards graduation requirements in the major or minor. Note that no more than 12 credits in any combination of internship projects can be counted toward the 120 credits required for graduation.
All credit-bearing Internships require approval in advance. Students must submit a learning contract for approval before the semester or term in which the internship will take place. Because learning contracts require approval by the faculty sponsor, the faculty sponsor’s department chair, the site supervisor at the work location, and the H&S Dean's office, students are advised to begin the learning contract process well in advance. Late learning contracts will not be accepted. Be sure to review the H&S Guidelines for Credit-Bearing Internships, including responsibilities of student, site supervisor, and faculty sponsor, before submitting the Learning Contract.
Once the Internship has been approved, the Dean's office works with the office of the registrar to facilitate the student's registration in the appropriate section; students and faculty will receive confirmation of the approval and registration via email. Note that in order for registration to take place:
- students must be in good academic standing without warning for grades (warning for credits alone is acceptable)
- students must not have any holds on their student account
- students must have room in their schedules to permit the addition of the internship course.
Note that students being paid for a community-based internship with work study funds may not enroll in a credit-bearing internship.
Students may also enroll in credit-bearing internships during winter and summer sessions. For these opportunities, students must also submit a learning contract to the H&S Dean's office no later than the published deadline for H&S (for winter/summer session internship enrollment). Students enrolled in Internship courses during the winter or summer sessions will be charged per-credit tuition, at the rate established by the Office of Extended Studies (607-274-3143).