Can I get academic credit for my internship?
Yes! Students of all majors are eligible to enroll for 1-3 credit hours for their internship experience. Students may also elect to receive a zero credit transcript notation for their experience. The internship courses are designed to promote individual career development and self-awareness by integrating classroom learning with practical work experience.
What are the eligibility requirements for academic internships?
- Must be at least sophomore status with a minimum 2.2 GPA
- Must be able to acquire 135 work hours from the time of registration until the end of the semester in which you will be receiving credit.
Important things to note:
- No retroactive credit will be given.
- You MUST submit materials 5 business days before the add/drop deadline.
- You MUST register prior to the add/drop deadline for the semester in which you will be completing an internship. Please view the academic calendar for specific dates.
- If completing an internship during the summer, you may either take it for summer term credit and pay per credit hour or you may do a 0 credit transcript notion (at no cost).
- Not all internships will qualify for CE course credit. Please see the Internship Coordinator to verify eligibility.
- All courses are Pass/Fail. One-three credit courses count as general elective credits.
- Students may complete a maximum of four Career Education credits in total, with a maximum of three for internships.
What is required of me for each option of the academic internship?
- 1 credit option: Job Description, Learning Agreement, Learning Objectives, Performance Evaluation, Online Reflection through CANVAS,1 Informational Interview, Updated Resume, Log of Hours, Return Interview.
- 2 credit option: Job Description, Learning Agreement, Learning Objectives, Performance Evaluation, Online Reflection through CANVAS, 2 Informational Interviews, Updated Resume, Log of Hours, Return Interview.
- 3 credit option: Job Description, Learning Agreement, Learning Objectives, Performance Evaluation, Online Reflection through CANVAS, 2 Informational Interviews, 8 page Reflection Paper, Updated Resume, Log of Hours, Return Interview.
- 0 credit option: Learning Agreement, Job Description, Learning Objectives, Updated Resume, Performance Evaluation, Log of Hours, Return Interview.
How do I register for an academic internship?
- First, complete the Learning Agreement and Learning Objectives with your internship supervisor.
- Once you have a signed Learning Agreement, Job Description, and at least three Learning Objectives completed in the outlined format click HERE to register for the internship course.
Is there any funding available for unpaid internships?
- Funding is available for students doing unpaid internships in Northeast Ohio. Funding is not guaranteed and each award has specific guidelines that must be met. You may not receive both sources of funding for the same internship.
- Please refer to the most recent information and application materials. No awards will be made retroactively. Students must apply and register for their internship course in advance of the required number of hours to be worked.
Charles J. Stillwell Scholarship
- Students who completed academic internships: Consider applying for the Charles J. Stillwell scholarship! This scholarship awards two students $3500 each for outstanding performances at internships.
- Eligibility: Students who completed an academic internship course at JCU Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or who are currently enrolled and completing an internship this semester (Spring 2018) are eligible.
- Click HERE to view the application.
The Belda Fund Award
- Students of all majors working in unpaid internships in NE Ohio are eligible for up to $500 per fiscal year (June 1 to May 31) in reimbursement for travel costs to/from internship site. Requires enrollment in CE-199, 102, 103, 104 or in a qualifying internship course through your academic department.
- Download and print the Belda Application for UNPAID internships Fall 2017.
The Michael J. Lavelle Community Partnership Fellowship
- Students of all majors working in unpaid internships at a non-profit organization are eligible
- Please contact Brandi Mandzak in the Boler School of Business for an application form and eligibility requirements.