What is an academic internship? How do I earn credit for my internship?
An academic internship at Loyola connects the internship experience to an academic course in the student’s major or an area of interest. There are over forty academic internship courses for undergraduate students. Students must register for an academic internship course in order to receive academic credit for an internship at Loyola.
Which academic programs require students to complete an academic internship for graduation?
Currently the programs that require an academic internship include: HSM, HMSV, SOWK, ENVS. Please consult with your academic advisor to confirm.
Who teaches academic internship courses?
What are the requirements for the academic internship course?
Requirements vary depending on the course. For example, some academic internship courses require you to be in your third or fourth year, and some require pre-requisite courses. To find more details about the academic internship course in your program, please find the program site and contact person here.
If I enroll in an academic internship course, will the course instructor help me find an internship?
The process varies depending on the program. For example, some academic internship courses have a list of past internship sites, while others encourage you to find your own internship, working with the Career Development Center. To find more details about the academic internship course in your program, please find the program site and contact person here.
I already have an internship. Who approves my internship site for credit?
To earn credit, you will need to enroll in an academic internship course. Please find the list of courses offered each semester here. Usually the faculty member teaching your class will approve your internship. Please find the internship coordinator for your program to inquire about the process for requesting enrollment and having your internship site approved.
A company I am interviewing with requires that students earn academic credit to apply. Can I get academic credit for it?
If you are interested in earning academic credit for an internship, contact the internship coordinator of your program and include the internship description. If the internship coordinator decides that the position is appropriate, and if the course is being offered, you will be able to enroll in the academic internship course.
If I am earning credit through an academic internship course, can I still be paid for my internship?
Yes! Loyola University Chicago supports the National Society for Experiential Education’s position regarding paid and unpaid internships:
“... to favor paid work positions for students whenever pay can be arranged in work environments that have the potential for meeting the student's goals …Credit is for what students learn; pay is for what they provide to the field sponsor. The two are neither mutually exclusive nor conflicting … “(National Society for Experiential Education, 2011)
However, please also check with your department’s internship coordinator for any specific requirements for your program.
Can I earn credit for an internship that I did in the past?
Academic internship courses are designed to run simultaneously with your internship; thus, if you’ve already completed an internship, it is unlikely that you will be able to take an academic internship course after the fact. To confirm the process in each department, please find the internship coordinator for your program.
Can I receive academic internship credit by interning with a family business or a relative serving as the on-site supervisor?
No, students are not allowed to receive academic credit if they intern with a family business or if a relative is serving as the on-site supervisor.
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