Internships and Prior Learning

The Office of Internships and Prior Learning supports active learning for UIS students, including internships, service learning, and prior learning assessment.

REMOTE OFFICE HOURS (updated July 14, 2021)

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.
  • Open Zoom Sessions: Tuesday, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.; Wednesday, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

ZOOM Access

Meeting ID: 979 8438 9577
Password: IPL


  • The Office of Engaged Learning at UIS received over $45,000.00 in grant funding from the state of Illinois to help off-set the cost of paid internships for our students.  Check out our information page for further details.
  • For students planning a fall 2021 internship/project, please review this resource page for specific internship guidance.
  • UIS is delivering courses virtually to our students for the Spring semester. We are teaching and working remotely to continue to serve students and support faculty and staff. Please contact our office via email or phone.
  • You can find additional information on the UIS COVID-19 Homepage.
  • Learn more about IPL through our 2019-2020 Impact Report & UIS College Reports

Internships and Prior Learning Services

IPL consists of 3 programs: Internships, Prior Learning Assessment, and Service-Learning.  These programs provide an opportunity for students to earn ECCE Engagement credits and/or fulfill degree program requirements.

  • Internships enable students to obtain real-world experience in their area of study. Students earn credit by completing a course concurrently with a field experience: either an internship (IPL 300) or a project (IPL 301).
  • Prior Learning Assessment gives students an opportunity to earn credit for past college-level learning. Students earn credit by completing an online course (IPL 305 or IPL 501) and developing a portfolio about their experiences.
  • Service-Learning courses allow students to engage with the community and develop an understanding of civic responsibility by providing community service to non-profit agencies as part of their coursework.

Contact us!  Complete this online form to schedule an appointment or seek assistance from the IPL Office.