Academic Internships

Students can earn academic credit for internships in most degree plans. 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 shorterInternship positions are available from businesses, government departments and non-profit groups and organizations. 

Forms & Requirements 

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 about your specific internship situation, you are strongly encouraged to make an appointment through the Center for Career & Professional Development.  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.)

Student Guide to Academic Internships

Southwestern University Internship Proposal Form

Sample Academic Internship Contract

Creating and Internship 

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 Center for Career & Professional Development prior to the start of your internship.

Internship Proposal Form