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Academic Internships


An Academic Internship is a stand-alone course that formally integrates the student's academic study with practical experience in a cooperating organization. It is an on- or off-campus activity designed to serve educational purposes by offering experience in business, non-profit, or government settings.

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An Academic Internship offers students an opportunity to work with qualified professionals in applying the skills and knowledge learned within the classroom to an on-the-job experience.

  • Interns tend to do better in their overall coursework and graduate faster because they are better able to see the relevance of coursework to real-world situations.
  • Students have the chance to “test” their career interests with an internship and will acquire work experience they can list on resumes and employment applications.
  • Interns tend to receive higher grades because they are better able to see the relevance of coursework to real-world situations.
  • In some cases, academic internships can provide students with money for school tuition and expenses.

Enrollment & Requirements

Academic Internships are supervised by a faculty member or designated internship coordinator within academic departments. Some university depart­ments and programs require students to do an internship; in other departments and programs, students have an option to pursue an internship for academic credit.


  • Typically, students must be individually hand-enrolled in these courses.
  • Internships are given the course designation 195 or 295.


  • Academic internships can be paid or unpaid.
  • For every one unit of academic credit received, students must work 45 hours.