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 direct supervision and monitoring of experienced, 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.

Please note that for an internship to qualify for any of these courses, the internship should require at least 10 hours per week for a minimum of 8 weeks. The internship supervisor should be an experienced, practicing professional providing direct, on-site supervision. Please also make sure that your internship meets the following requirements:

  1. Internships cannot be a continuation of a full-time, part-time or summer job.
  2. Internships must be NEW experiences; thus, students must start their internship and be enrolled in course credit during the same semester (no retroactive credit will be awarded).
  3. Internships are not allowed with organizations owned or managed, fully or in part, by family members nor can internship positions be supervised, directly or indirectly, by family members.
  4. Internships involving direct payments from clients and customers to students are not allowed.
  5. Internships at organizations that have student ownership or promises of ownership to the students are not allowed.
  6. Internships cannot be used to receive credit for any other class.

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
  • Recognition on your transcript (letter grade)
  • 1-4 academic credits (1 credit per 10 hours worked per week)
  • Tuition charged for number of credits taken
  • Faculty sponsor is selected and academic work is assigned and graded by them
R-Credit (LAS 298, 398, 498)
  • Can be an internship or co-op
  • Recognition on your transcript (S/F)
  • Credit does not count toward graduation, but keeps a student enrolled
  • No tuition is charged, may qualify for fee exception
  • Freshmen and sophomores are enrolled in 298, juniors in 398, and seniors in 498
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • Used for F-1 visa holders (international students)
  • Final authorization through International Student Advisor
  • Students enrolled in the ISU Students and Scholars Insurance Plan–including international students and graduate students on assistantship (C-Base)–are required to pay the health fee

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 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.

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