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CUA Summer 2019 - For-Credit Internships

Registration for Summer 2019 begins on March 18, 2019

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 For-Credit Internships

For-credit internships combine hands-on experience with academic coursework, giving you the chance to apply what you've been learning in the classroom and reflect on what you experience in the workplace.

Looking for an internship? 

Contact Career Services (202-319-5623;; Pryz 127) and read their how-to guide for finding summer internships.

Already have an internship? Looking for credit?

  1. Ask your department if they already have a program in place (see list below).
  2. If you are an Honors student and your department does not provide an option, please contact Dr. Paxton at paxton@cua.eduThe approval process must be completed no later than May 18th.
  3. If the above options are not available to you, please contact Colin Pears at to inquire about registering for UGS 495. The approval process must be completed no later than May 18th.

Majors in the following departments can also earn internship credit through their department:


More Information

What kind of credit can I earn for an internship?

Each internship counts for three credits. Generally, non-departmental internships are counted as elective courses, though an internship could satisfy distribution or major requirements with the permission of your academic dean.

You may earn credit for at most two internships, for a total of six credits. You may earn credit for at most one internship per academic term. Internships-for-credit arranged the an academic department or the University Honors Program count toward this limit.

Are there any pre-requisites for for-credit internships? Are there any other restrictions?

Students should be in good academic standing at the university to be considered for a summer for-credit internship. Each internship and student situation will be reviewed before the internship is approved.

To be considered for credit, internships should have a minimum of 140 contact hours and include very little clerical work.

How will the internship be supervised?

During the semester of the internship, in addition to attending all scheduled work sessions, you must maintain regular contact with the faculty advisor.

  1. You will normally attend 5 to 7 meetings with the faculty advisor overseeing the internship, but these meetings can be structured and scheduled as the faculty advisor directs. For example, some faculty members who are advising more than one internship may prefer to meet with several interns at once in a seminar format, whereas others may prefer to meet with interns individually. At these meetings, you and your faculty advisor will discuss such topics as the relationship between previous course work and the subject matter of the internship and the culture of the workplace. The emphasis should be on reflecting critically on the experience of work.

How will the internship be evaluated?

 Your grade on the internship will be determined by the faculty advisor based on three factors:

a) Grades on assignments as specified in the internship application. It is recommended that a minimum of one page per week be written by the student with a substantial paper due at the end of the internship.

Writing assignments may be structured at the discretion of the faculty member. Typical weekly assignments may include:

  • Keeping a journal.
  • Interviewing the internship supervisor.
  • Writing a reflection paper on the experience and how it has affected the student’s decision either to continue seeking employment in the area of the internship or to change directions.

b) The interim and final evaluations from the internship supervisor. The student will be required to write a response to these evaluations that should demonstrate thoughtful reflection upon the feedback offered by the supervisor.

c) Completion of the required meetings with Career Services. These meetings will not be evaluated as such, but the student will not receive a grade if they have not been completed.