The information on this page should answer most of your general questions about earning academic credit for an internship. To view the complete policies pertaining to academic internships, please click here. If you have additional questions about academic internships, please make plans to attend an upcoming Internship Planning Workshop, stop by the office during our Walk-In Hours, or call the office to schedule an appointment.
How can I earn academic credit for an internship?
Students, who meet the eligibility criteria, can earn academic credit for an internship by enrolling in the academic internship course: INTN (interdisciplinary) or (Departmental Prefix) 397. This course is offered during both the fall and spring semesters, as well as during a 9-week summer semester.
Students are eligible to participate in the academic internship course for interdisciplinary (general elective) credit if they meet the following criteria:
**Students may be required to meet additional criteria to receive academic credit in their major or minor, such as class standing ot prerequisite courses. Students should check with their Faculty Advisor (A&S/CPS) or Academic Advisor (Holt) to find out if there are additional criteria to participate in an internship for major/minor credit.
How many credits can I earn for an academic internship?
Students can earn 2, 3, or 4 credits per semester for participating in an academic internship.
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**Most departments require students to earn 4-credits in order to receive academic credit in the major/minor.
How do I register for the Academic Internship Course?
Students register for the Academic Internship Course by submitting a Credit Approval Form to Career Services by the posted deadline for each semester as found on the Career Services calendar. Typically, this form should be submitted after you have received an offer for an internship from a company or organization. If you are seeking interdisciplinary (general elective) credit, this form must be signed by your Faculty Advisor (A&S/CPS) or Academic Advisor (Holt). If you are seeking credit in your major/minor, this form must be signed both by your Faculty/Academic Advisor and your Department Chair/Internship Representative.
If you are an International Student studying on an F-1 Visa, you must also submit an International Student Approval Form (Available on the Curricular Practical Training page of the International Student & Scholar Services web site) to the Office of International Students & Scholar Services. This form must be signed by a staff member in Career Services, your internship employer, and your internship instructor from Rollins.
How do I get my internship approved for academic credit if it has not already been pre-approved by the Office of Career Services?
If you found your internship through Jobs for Tars, most likely it has been pre-approved to receive credit from Rollins. Please check the individual listing to see if your internship has been pre-approved.
If you found your internship outside of Jobs for Tars, your internship employer will need to submit a position description to the Office of Career Services so our staff can review it and make sure it meets the Rollins Internship Criteria; and therefore, will provide you with a meaningful exposure to a college-level career field. Please read and follow the steps on the Internship Approval Instructions Handout to assist your employer with completing this step.
Once Career Services, receives the internship position from your employer, it will be reviewed and then both you and your internship contact will receive an e-mail from Career Services letting you know if the position has been approved for academic credit or if we need additional information about internship daily tasks and anticipated projects.
What are the requirements for the Academic Internship Course?
Students receive academic credit for participating in a pre-approved internship not just for the work you do for your internship employer, but by engaing in reflection about this experience through completing assignments as part of the academic internship course. This course runs concurrently with other fall and spring semester courses. In addition, during the summer, students can enroll in a 9-week academic internship course.
The course has 1 required in-person meeting at the beginning of the semester, a Mandatory Academic Internship Orientation, and after that the course is taught virtually through Blackboard and e-mail correspondence with your Rollins instructor. Dates for the Mandatory Orientation Sessions each semester can be found on the Career Services Calendar.
For more information about the academic internship course (except for students seeking International Business or Communication Studies credit), please visit the Office of Academic Internships web site where you can view a sample course syllabus.