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For Credit or Not For Credit?

For Credit, or Not for Credit, That Is the Question…

If you’re intrigued by the idea of an internship, but aren’t sure if you should complete one for credit, start by answering these questions!

  1. Does your program require an internship? If so, your program might arrange field placements. Check with your advisor!
  2. Can you commit the time? A three-credit internship requires 135 hours of on-site and supplemental work.
  3. Are you eligible for a credit-bearing internship? You must have completed at least 24 credits and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  4. Do you have room for an internship course? If your internship will count as an elective, be sure you won’t need those elective credits later.
  5. Will your financial aid be affected? Ask someone who knows for certain!

If it’s not the right time for a credit-bearing internship, don’t despair! An internship can still be a great learning experience, especially if you develop a contract and use a framework for reflective practice to guide you.