Academic Internships

Earn academic credit for the time you invest gaining hands-on, high impact experience during an internship.

Prepare for your Academic Internship

Students can earn academic credit for internships in most degree plans. These internships allow students to acquire field or on-the-job experience and are structured so that the students are encouraged to relate their classroom activities and learnings to their professional experience.

Interested in completing an academic internship? Reach out to The Internship Office today or attend an upcoming Information Session.

Curious about all of Southwestern’s internship programs, or have questions on where to begin with finding an internship opportunity? Attend an Internship 101 Information Session, hosted the first Tuesday of every month at 4 pm through April, 2024.

Planning to do an unpaid or low-paying internship, learn about the Funded Internship Program and application process at a Funded Internship Info Session.

Get ready to network with employers by attending one of the Prepare for the Fair Information Sessions leading up to the spring 2024 Internship & Career Fair on March 5 from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm.

Spring 2024 Information Sessions (All sessions are located in Prothro 233): CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

  • Tuesday, March 5, 4:00 - 5:00 pm - Internships 101
  • Thursday, March 7, 4:00 - 5:00 pm - Funded Internship Info Session
  • Tuesday, March 26, 12:30 - 1:30 pm - Funded Internship Info Session
  • Tuesday, April 2, 4:00 - 5:00 pm - Internships 101
  • Wednesday, April 10, 12:30 - 1:30 pm - Funded Internship Info Session

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Academic Internship Application Process

BEFORE THE INTERNSHIP: We have a new application process for academic internships. If you are interested in doing an academic internship here are your next steps:

1. Please complete the Experiential Learning Application with (HireSU).

  1. Use SU email credentials to log-in
  2. Click on the Experiential Learning box in the upper left hand corner
  3. Add new application

2. Once your Experiential Learning application has been approved, you can submit an academic internship placement form.

Before you complete and submit this form, make sure to secure a faculty supervisor, an internship placement, and site supervisor. Also determine your learning objectives.

You will need to secure a faculty advisor from the department in which you are seeking academic credit. Start this process early as you may need to contact multiple faculty members, if your first choice is unavailable during the semester of your academic internship.

Need help finding an internship? Schedule an internship advising appointment with the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) here. Be sure to additionally attend CCPD’s upcoming professional development events, including the Internship & Career Fair, hosted every fall and spring semester.

You may also research internship opportunities on the university’s internship and job platform, HireSU, and/or connect with SU alumni in your professional field of interest on PirateConnect.

Once you find an internship, be sure to confirm a site supervisor at your internship location. This can be a direct supervisor or boss, but it must be someone who will work with you one-on-one as a mentor during your internship experience. They will need to agree to develop learning objectives with you as well as review timesheets and complete a student performance evaluation at the completion of your internship.

Notes to keep in mind about your placement form:

  1. You may begin your placement form even if you do not have all the required information and save it as a draft. Start this form early - it can be a work in progress as you gather all the required information for your academic internship.
  2. Once you submit your placement form, if additional info is required you will receive an email - please make edits and then resubmit it.
  3. Your placement form will be approved by your faculty supervisor and site supervisor.
  4. Once your placement form is approved, the Registrar will enroll you in the approved academic internship course number.


  • 1 credit: 40 site hours
  • 2 credits: 80 site hours
  • 3 credits: 110 site hours
  • 4 credits: 120 site hours + ePortfolio
  • 5 credits: 160 site hours + ePortfolio
  • 6 credits: 200 site hours + ePortfolio
  • 7 credits: 230 site hours + ePortfolio
  • 8 credits: 240 hours + ePortfolio, unless the student is doing a Psychology capstone

DURING THE INTERNSHIP: All internship site hours and tasks, along with the following additional activities, must be completed by the agreed-upon deadline in order to earn academic credit for internships:

  1. Timesheet of all hours worked at the internship site through the Experiential Learning module on HireSU. (Exceptions to this policy are those students participating in the New York Arts Program, Washington Semester Program, or Texas Politics course.)
  2. Any additional activities required by your faculty advisor, such as a journal, reflection paper, or research paper. Your faculty advisor will provide this information in their syllabus.
  3. A reflection slide (template provided) detailing your experience and what you learned from the internship. The Internship Office will assist interested students in turning these into a poster to be presented at the Research and Creative Works Symposium (RCWS) or High Impact Experience (HIE) Poster Presentation. 
  4. If doing an internship for 4+ credit hours (except Psychology capstone students), you must complete an ePortfolio. Nine required ePortfolio assignments will be provided, if applicable. 
  5. Midterm and end-of-semester evaluations completed by your employer.
  6. Self evaluation.

International Internship

Students may receive funding through the Funded Internship Program if they are participating in an international internship that is offered as an approved internship abroad program. Students apply for programs through Via and must be approved by the Office of Study Abroad and International Student Services

International Students

International students (F-1 visa) may participate in an internship or training program only under  specific circumstances:

  • The internship or training must be an approved Academic Internship in the United States and the student must have approved CPT or OPT prior to the start of their internship or training. Students should consult with the Office of Study Abroad and International Student Services for assistance.
  • Or, the international student is participating in an internship or training program outside of the United States. In this situation, the international student is not eligible for the Funded Internship Program. To receive academic credit, the international student may participate in an approved international internship program and receive academic credit from a third-party provider (not directly from SU).