Internship for Credit Class (CPSY 404)
The Internship for Credit class allows you to earn academic credit through completing class assignments while you’re gaining real-world experience through your internship. Students will reflect critically on the process of setting and working toward individualized learning goals, gain feedback from supervisors on strengths and areas for growth, learn about and assess organization fit, expand their network of professional contacts, and reflect on how their internship experience will impact their future career ideas and plans.
This is a Pass / No Pass course offering upper division elective credit.
Both paid and unpaid internships are eligible.
How to Participate
- Apply for and receive an internship offer.
- Ensure that you and your internship satisfy the criteria outlined below.
- The application for the fall term is now closed. The application for the winter term class will open on Monday of week 4.
Students can take this course a total of two times, earning up to 12 credits for each course taken. There are limited spots available each term. Students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note that for the summer term only, you can earn between 3–12 credits. For all other terms you can earn between 1–12 credits.
- The internship must run for at least eight weeks over the term.
- The internship must be project based or involve industry-specific learning activities or skill development.
- Unpaid internships that can be used for credit must follow the Fair Labor Standards Act internship criteria.
- The organization must define your position as an internship and allocate time and resources to identifying mutual goals and providing supervision, feedback, and evaluation.
- The site supervisor must provide orientations, training and feedback, work with the intern to create learning goals, conduct a mid-term conference, and complete a final written evaluation. Interns are expected to have direct and consistent contact with their supervisor.
- Interns should have a consistent internship schedule for the 10-week term.
- You cannot apply for credit after the internship is completed.
The internship for credit course helps you develop and reflect on professional skills gained while interning in a field of interest. Some elements of the course syllabus include:
- Pre-internship assessment
- Reflection essays
- Meetings and evaluations with your site supervisor
- Meetings with your Career Center instructor
- Resume creation
- Final report
- Post-internship assessment
To earn one credit, you must complete 30 hours of internship work over a 10-week term. You can earn a maximum of 12 credits per term. You earn academic credit through the successful completion of academic assignments listed on the course syllabus.
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