Students can earn academic credit for internships in most degree plans.
What is an Internship?
An internship may be either paid, unpaid or partially paid (in the form of a stipend). Internships may be part-time or full-time; typically they are part-time during the university year and full-time in the summer, and they typically last 6-12 weeks, but can be shorter or longer.
Internship positions are available from businesses, government departments and non-profit groups and organizations.
How do I get credit for an internship?
To obtain credit for an academic internship you must come by Career Services and meet during a brief appointment with a member of the Internship Development staff. They will go over all of the steps and paperwork required to obtain credit. This can be done Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Please schedule your appointment by calling 512.863.1346.
No appointment is necessary and it usually takes about 10 minutes to go over everything. We encourage you to call ahead to be sure one of the Internship Development staff will be available.
Some things you may want to think about prior to obtaining the paperwork is what department you would like the credit in, which faculty member in that department would supervise you and where you would like to intern.
For more information on the criteria for academic internships and opportunities, please review the Beyond the Classroom webpage on Internships & Research Programs found in the Academics section of the University’s main page.
How many hours do I have to do to get credit?
The number of hours you have to work on site varies depending on how many credits you are going for. For every one credit hour you must complete a minimum of 40 hours of on-site work throughout the semester according to University policy. Of course keep in mind that if your internship site requires more hours than that to successfully complete your internship, you must adhere to their requirement. The rule of thumb is whichever is more is the one you must follow.
Paperwork for Internships
All academic internships require students to complete an Internship Learning Agreement and Contract prior to the start of your internship. Students are now able to access Moodle to complete the online orientation program. Instructions are provided below. Should you have additional questions or need to meet with the Internship Coordinator about your specific internship situation, you are strongly encouraged to make an appointment through the Career Services Office in the Prothro Center. In addition, all academic interns are required to complete and email hours logs weekly for fall/spring internships and monthly for summer internships. (Exceptions to this policy are those students participating in the New York Arts Program, Washington Semester Program or Texas Politics course)