Credit vs. Non-Credit Internships

Academic Credit

  • Meet with your faculty advisor to find out what your major requires for an internship to be taken for academic credit.
  • Meet with the Assistant Director For Experiential Learning in the Career Center to get the paperwork necessary to earn credit.
  • For credit internships are recorded on your transcript.
  • Internships can be 1, 2 or 4 credits.
  • Generally you will earn 1 semester credit hour for 36 hours of work at your internship site--there are a few exceptions so be sure to check with your department.

It is critical that you meet with a faculty member in the department in which you hope to earn credit. Each department has different processes and standards in awarding internship credit. For example, some departments may require that you keep a journal and complete a final paper as part of your experience. In addition, you and your supervisor will evaluate your performance and experience. Again, your faculty internship coordinator and the Assistant Director For Experiential Learning in the Career Center will help you to get the necessary paperwork rolling if you wish to earn academic credit during your internship.

Non-Credit

  • Arranged between you and the employer.
  • A Non-Credit Internship will not be recorded on your transcript.
  • Consult with the Assistant Director of Experiential Learning in the Career. Center to discuss goals and objectives for your non-credit internship.
  • Complete the Non-Credit Internship Form at the Career Center.

This option allows students who do not need or want academic credit to gain formal recognition of their internship. If you select this option you will receive support and assistance from Luther in planning your internship. Prior to the internship you will work with the Assistant Director For Experiential Learning in the Career Center to formulate learning objectives to ensure that you can articulate what you hope to gain from the internship. You, your site supervisor, and the Assistant Director For Experiential Learning will work together in formulating a learning plan to ensure that everyone is in agreement on your activities during the internship and to minimize misunderstandings.