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.

OFFICE HOURS (updated September 29, 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 for the 2021 – 2022 academic year to help offset the cost of paid internships for our students.  Check out our information page for further details.
  • Visit the UIS COVID-19 Homepage for Fall 2021 semester COVID guidelines.
  • Learn more about IPL through the OEL 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.