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 ID 3896, Internship Reflection: Making Meaning of Your Experience

ID 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 ID 3896:

  1. Find and accept an internship.
  2. Make sure your internship will take place for at least 12 weeks during the term you plan to enroll in the course.
  3. Make sure your internship is a minimum of 10 hours per week, totaling 120 hours worked.
  4. 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.

Pursue Departmental Internship Courses with 3896 Designator

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.

Do an Internship Through a HECUA Program

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.

Do an Internship While Learning Abroad

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!