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 with questions.


Students will need to complete the IAI Proposal and Agreement via SeamlessDocs. (Marketing Internships, please contact the Internship Faculty member for your link.)

Friday, December 1, 2023 : Deadline to submit Winter Term 2024 Independent Studies/Practicums/Internships for Credit 

Tuesday, January 30, 2024 : Deadline to submit Spring Term 2024 Independent Studies/Practicums/Internships for Credit