Internships for Credit

Internship/Co-op Criteria

Internships are typically one-time work experiences related to a student’s major or career goal. The internship plan involves a student working in a professional setting under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals.

Internships can be paid or unpaid and the student may or may not receive academic credit for performing the internship. If your internship requires college credit or you want to maintain your student status while completing an internship, below are options for receiving credit for an internship through Career Services. You may also want to check with your department to see if they have an applicable course which would allow you to apply the credit toward your major.

Internship Options (undergraduates only)

Academic Credit (LAS 499)
  • Combines a supervised work experience with a structured academic learning plan for which a student receives academic credit
  • May be full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid
  • Recognition on your transcript (letter grade)
  • 1-4 academic credits (typically 1 credit per 10 hours worked per week)
  • Tuition paid for number of credits taken
  • Faculty sponsor is selected and academic work is assigned by them
R-Credit (LAS 298, 398, 498)
  • Can be paid or unpaid
  • Recognition on your transcript (S/F)
  • Credit does not count toward graduation, but keeps a student enrolled
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) (LAS 298, 398, 498)
  • Used for F-1 Visa holders (International Students)
  • Can be paid or unpaid
  • Recognition on your transcript (S/F)
  • Credit does not count toward graduation
  • Final authorization through International Student Advisor

Register For An Internship

Have your internship supervisor email a copy of your position description, the number of weeks of the internship, and the number of hours you’ll be working each week to Taren Crow at

Contact LAS Career Services by calling 515-294-8691 or by selecting “Request an Advising Appointment” with Taren on CyHire to set a time to fill out your internship paperwork.

Each internship opportunity requires a Learning Contract to be completed within the first week of the internship:

Evaluations of a student’s performance are to be completed at the end of the internship experience: