Office of Career Services

Academic Internships

Students can earn academic credit for internships in most degree plans. 

What is an Internship?

An internship may be either paid, unpaid or partially paid (in the form of a stipend). Internships may be part-time or full-time; typically they are part-time during the university year and full-time in the summer, and they typically last 6-12 weeks, but can be shorter or longer.

Internship positions are available from businesses, government departments and non-profit groups and organizations.

How do I get credit for an internship?

To obtain credit for an academic internship you must begin by making an appointment with the Internship Coordinator in the Career Services Office (Prothro Suite 140).  You can scroll down to read the Student Guide to Academic Internships to provide some additional information.  The initial meeting will be an orientation to go over all of the steps and paperwork required to obtain credit.  For questions, please call Career Services at 512-863-1346.

The meeting to go over all the required paperwork usually takes about 15-20 minutes.  We also offer group orientation sessions, please check with Career Services to see when those are offered.

Some things you may want to think about prior to obtaining the necessary academic internship paperwork is what department you would like the credit in, which faculty member in that department would supervise you and where you would like to intern.

How many hours do I have to do to get credit?

The number of hours you have to work on site varies depending on how many credits you are going for.  For every one credit hour you must complete a minimum of 40 hours of on-site work throughout the semester according to University policy.  Of course keep in mind that if your internship site requires more hours than that to successfully complete your internship, you must adhere to their requirement.  The rule of thumb is whichever is more is the one you must follow. 

“Paperwork” for Internships

All required academic internship paperwork is done electronically via the Google Drive.  Upon completing our in-person orientation process, you will be given access to the online documents within one week of that appointment.  All academic internships require students to complete an electronic Internship Learning Agreement and Contract prior to the start of each internship.  Should you have additional questions or need to meet with the Internship Coordinator about your specific internship situation, you are strongly encouraged to make an appointment through the Career Services Office in the Prothro Center.  In addition, all academic interns are required to complete a weekly timesheet log for all academic internships.  (Exceptions to this policy are those students participating in the New York Arts Program, Washington Semester Program or Texas Politics course.)

For students looking to create an internship with an organization (whether on-campus or off-campus), we have developed an Internship Proposal Form to help you in this process.  You will turn the completed proposal form in to the Southwestern University Internship Coordinator prior to the start of your internship.

Student Guide to Academic Internships

Southwestern University Internship Proposal Form

Sample Academic Internship Contract