Credit-bearing internships must be set up in advance. All learning packet materials, complete with signatures, must be turned in prior to beginning the internship. Internship credit will not be given retroactively. No exceptions!
Most CIA students can get credit for an internship. However, there are exceptions within certain majors, so it is important to check with your department head, the Career Center or Academic Services prior to the experience.
Credit-bearing internships, normally recommended for students after their sophomore year and for juniors and seniors, are part of your academic program, and must offer a learning component that advances your skills in your field. They are formal collaborations among you, your employer, CIA faculty, and the Internship Coordinator.
For more information on receiving credit for your internship, download CIA's Credit-bearing Internship Policy.
To organize a credit-bearing internship, you must follow this process before the internship begins:
You will work closely with your faculty sponsor and the Internship Coordinator to make sure that your internship provides a positive learning experience and that you are meeting your employer’s expectations and your department’s program requirements. At the end of the internship, the employer will complete an evaluation form and you will write a 750–800 word reflection paper. (Credit will not be awarded until the employer evaluation and the reflection paper are turned in.) A copy of the evaluation and the reflection paper will be sent to your faculty sponsor, who will assign a pass/fail grade.
Experiential Learning Specialist
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Director of Career Center
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