With the approval of an academic department, an internship may be eligible for academic credit. To earn credit, a student must develop a plan with a faculty supervisor to complete academic work, usually readings and a substantive paper, in connection with the experiential learning provided by the internship. Students register for academic internships in the same way as for directed study, tutorials, or independent study.
- Art and Art History (in Art Museum Practice)
- Environmental Studies
- French and Francophone Studies
- Gender Studies
- Theatre and Arts
Students interested in earning academic credit from departments not listed above will need to submit a request for academic internship to the Instruction Committee. Requests are due by week 6 of the term BEFORE the one in which you would like to complete the internship.
In order to request academic credit from the Instruction Committee, you must have a faculty advisor who agrees to support and supervise the academic portion of your internship. This does not have to be your faculty academic advisor, but should be a professor in a department most closely related to the focus of your internship, as credit will be granted from that department. For example, if you are seeking credit for an internship in marketing, you should seek out a faculty member from the area you will be marketing, perhaps Government if promoting a candidate in an election. When approaching a faculty member to ask if she or he will agree to support your internship, it is helpful to have the following information:
- Where will you be doing the internship?
- What duties will you have as an intern?
- How is this related to your academic studies?
- What academic product will result from this internship (e.g., literature review, research paper, weekly journal)?