Earning Academic Credit for Internships
To earn academic credit for your internship, you need to have an academic component to your experience. Here are the various options you can pursue. If you are an international student, completing an internship for credit is required to get work authorization.
- Enroll in CLA 3896, Internship Reflection: Making Meaning of Your Experience
- Enroll in CLA 3890, Internship Reflection: Building on your Summer Internship Experience
- Pursue Departmental Internship Courses with 3896 Designator
- Do an Internship Through a HECUA Program
- Do an Internship While Learning Abroad
CLA 3896, Internship Reflection: Making Meaning of Your Experience is a one-credit, online course open to all CLA students who are pursuing an internship. You’ll earn credit as you consider how your internship fits in with your future career plans.
Process for enrolling in CLA 3896:
- Find and accept an internship.
- Make sure your internship will take place for at least 12 weeks during the term you plan to enroll in the course.
- Make sure your internship is a minimum of 10 hours per week, totaling 120 hours worked.
- All internships taken for credit in the College of Liberal Arts are required to have the information submitted by the student through GoldPass powered by Handshake. View the directions for how to request an experience. You will need information such as your supervisor’s first and last name, email address and a list of responsibilities to complete the experience form.
Requesting an experience through GoldPASS will prompt your Internship site supervisor and the course instructor to approve the internship experience. Once your internship has been approved, your course instructor will contact you with a permission number to enroll.
If you need assistance with completing this process, please contact the course instructor.
In this 7 week, online fall course, students reflect on their summer internship experience to analyze and identify which components from their internship work, environment, and professional relationships energized them, and which core career competencies they developed. Students will intentionally examine multiple perspectives to crystallize their values, interests, and strengths, and create next steps for their career and life. Through this process, students will practice leveraging their internship experience for upcoming professional opportunities, as well as gain the tools for creating an authentic professional identity, grounded in their liberal arts education, in an evolving job market and world.
The course instructor will provide you a permission number to enroll in August, only after you complete the following prerequisites:
- Completion of a CLA Site Agreement by July 1 (z.umn.edu/studentinstructions).
- Completion of a non-credit online Canvas module done concurrently with your internship which includes activities such as a Learning Agreement and Final Evaluation.
- On track to complete 120 hours at your summer internship before fall semester begins.
International Students needing CPT (Curricular Practical Training) authorization are not eligible to take this course due to enrollment requirements. CLA’s Internship Coordinator will contact you once your CLA Site Agreement has been approved to support you with completing the prerequisites
Search the "3896" course number and department designator in ScheduleBuilder to see if an internship course is offered in your major. Generally, internship courses offered through departments have a heavier concentration on the application of major-related theories or concepts during the internship experience. Some CLA departments offer in-person or online internship courses and others offer it as an "Individualized Instruction" option. Check with your advisor if you have questions.
Quick Tip: Internship courses with the "3896" designator meet the experiences requirement for earning the Career Readiness Certificate.
HECUA (Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs) programs are 16-credit, semester-long experiences that include social justice-oriented classroom studies, fieldwork, and an internship.
There are four HECUA programs in the Twin Cities:
- Art for Social Change: Intersections of Art, Identity, and Advocacy (formerly City Arts).
- Environmental Sustainability: Science, Public Policy, and Community Action.
- Inequality in America: Policy, Community, and the Politics of Empowerment (formerly the Metro Urban Studies Term [MUST]).
- Making Media, Making Change: Digital Technologies, Storytelling, and Activism.
Learn more about the University's Center for Community-Engaged Learning.
Planning on learning abroad? You can do an internship abroad and earn academic credit for a course connected to the experience! While there are a few additional requirements in the learning abroad application process to do an internship, onsite staff will place you at a site that meets your interests so you don’t have to find it on your own.
See frequently asked questions and what internships are available. In the “Program Features” filter, search “Internships” with your area of interest. CLA students frequently participate in internships in cities like Madrid, Florence, London, Rome, Dublin, Montpellier and more!