What is an Internship for Credit?

  • An Internship taken through Internship Services is a credit bearing internship. These were formerly called Applied Study Terms, or ASTs.  To earn credit, students are enrolled in an Internships & Prior Learning class at the same time as their Internship experience. Students pay tuition for the class. The class requires written work, plus the work done on the internship.

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What do Internship credits fulfill?

  • Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE): The Internship course can fulfill your ECCE Engagement and/or ECCE Elective requirements.
  • General Elective: If you have all of your general education and major requirements completed, but still need additional credits to reach the 120 that is required to graduate, the Internship course can be used as a general elective.
  • University Requirement: If you are under a UIS catalog prior to 2007 the Internship Course can be used to fulfill your University Requirement

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When can I take an Internship for credit?

  • You are eligible to take an Internship for credit during your Junior or Senior Year, after you have completed at least 3 of your 300 or 400 level courses required for your major.

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How many credits of the Internship course can I take?

  • You earn credit by taking the appropriate Internship course- EXL 300: General Applied Study Term or EXL 301: Project Applied Study Term
  • You can take 2-12 credits* of AST.  Please refer to your academic advisor or Internship Services staff for assistance determining how many credits that you need.
  • *College of Business and Management students are allowed to take 6 credits  (students interested in earning up to 8 credit hours should consult Dr. Dyanne Ferk or Dr. Leonard Branson).
  • If you take more than 6 credits, there are additional requirements: Guidelines for Internship Course Beyond 6 Credit Hours

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How many internship/project hours do I have to work?

  • You have to work 50 hours at your internship for every credit that you register for.  For example, 3 credits = 150 hours.
  • Please note: students under UIS catalogs prior to 2007 who are fulfilling University Requirements are required to work 40 hours for every credit.  For example, 8 credits = 320 hours.

When do I start looking for an internship?

  • You should start looking for an internship or project early in the semester BEFORE you plan to complete your Internship for Credit.

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What do I do first!?

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Can I do an internship where I currently work?

You may be able to complete your internship at your current place of employment if the following are true and your academic advisor approves:

  • You currently work in your field of study.
  • You are working in a new position, or you will be assigned new duties, projects, etc. that will provide you with a new learning experience.
  • You have a work supervisor who is willing to supervise your work for the credit-bearing Internship, participate in a site visit with a UIS faculty member, and fill out an evaluation of you at the end.

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What does the Internship course involve?

  • The Internship course, EXL 300 or EXL 301, is offered online, on-ground, or in a blended format.
  • See the Curriculum page for details on the Internship course requirements.

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Types of Internships: General, Study Abroad/Travel, Project

Traditional Internships

  • Most Internships for credit take the form of a traditional internship.
  • With traditional internships you work for a for-profit or non-profit employer in order to gain real work experience.
  • The focus is on getting an opportunity to test out the theories and knowledge obtained in your classes in the field.

Study Abroad/Travel, Project

  • However, it is possible to do a Project instead of a traditional internship.
  • The Project is very independent in nature requiring good organizational skills and attention to self-imposed deadlines. Examples of a Projects include–
    -a research or writing project (fiction or nonfiction);
    -an entrepreneurial endeavor such as starting a business
    -creating new software;
  • A Study or Travel Abroad experience can also be used as a Project: Guidelines for Internship Study Abroad
  • Students doing a Project enroll in EXL301.  The curriculum requirements for the project are identical to those for a traditional internship because the project is considered an equivalent to the internship experience.

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Updated: July 2015