Independent Academic Internships (IAI)
If you would like to receive academic credit for an internship that is not part of an existing class or graduation requirement, see below.
Internship: A form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields that they are considering for career paths; internships also give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.
Employer: A for-profit, non-profit, or public agency that will supervise and work directly with a student. Students will use the Agreement below to vet the employer.
Paid v. Unpaid: Unpaid interns are technically volunteers at non-profits. Unpaid internships at for-profit organizations is strongly discouraged unless the employer strictly follows the Department of Labor guidelines.
Internship Hours: A credit-bearing (academic) internship usually requires a minimum of 150 hours of on-site work per course credit. Variation in the number of on-site hours may be due to the number or type of related reading/writing assignments that are required in a particular internship course, or the nature of the fieldwork in which you are engaged.
Academic Interest: Students will be required to related their internship to their academic areas of study and learning goals. The credit earned through an internship is based not only upon the field experience completed, but also upon the thoughtful integration of that experience with your knowledge of the literature, methods, and content of the academic discipline related to the internship.
Internships scheduled during fall or spring semesters may be completed as part of a student’s full-time academic load (eight courses) or added and charged as an additional course. Internships completed during summer will be charged a reduced rate of $500 for course credit. Please contact the Bursar at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Apply to Internships: Career Advisors are available through TritonTrack to assist with finding and applying to internships.
Secure an Internship Offer: Offers can be received verbally, but a written internship offer is strongly recommended. International students, please refer to this website regarding the approval process in connection with visa requirements.
Internships Abroad: If the internship will be completed outside of the United States of America or territories, contact Thandi Dinani, Associate Dean of Global Education, at email@example.com to discuss the country and logistics. Students must obtain approval of risk management and sign a waiver of liability.
Employer Information: Make a copy and begin filling out the IAI Proposal and Agreement with internship details and employer information. Contact Maddy Gumprecht, Employer Relations and Internships Coordinator in Career Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the employer and receive support in completing the IAI Proposal and Agreement. If the employer is deemed unsafe or illegitimate, academic credit may not be provided for the internship.
Academic Details: Identify a professor who will support, guide, and grade the academic proposal associated with the internship. Work with the professor to complete the academic portion of the IAI Proposal and Agreement.
Signatures: Once the IAI Proposal and Agreement has been completely filled out, notify Maddy Gumprecht. Maddy will review the document and send it to the following for digital signatures via SeamlessDocs:
Employer Contact / Site Supervisor
Employer Relations and Internships Coordinator
Associate Dean of Faculty
Associate Dean of Global Education (if applicable)
Travel Waiver: Once the IAI Proposal and Agreement has been signed and finalized, complete the Travel Waiver if traveling domestically or internationally for the internship. For questions, contact Tonya Womack '05, Risk Manager & Environmental Health & Safety Manager at email@example.com.
Deadlines: The Contract and Travel Waiver must be completed and timestamped prior to the end of add-drop each semester. Academic credit cannot be applied retroactively. Additionally, a statement of hours, self-evaluation, and employer evaluation must be submitted to the sponsoring professor and firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the end of the semester in which the internship was completed.