Academic Credit for Internships
Credit through disciplinary areas. International Studies students can receive credit through the internship courses offered within academic departments (such as Political Science and Public Administration; History; Languages, Literatures and Cultures; etc.). Those disciplinary courses are generally only available to students who are double-majoring (or sometimes minoring) in those areas, and will generally count as an elective toward that major (or minor). Depending on the nature of the experience, such an internship may also count as an elective toward the student’s concentration within International Studies. Students pursuing such internships should make arrangements with the respective department, and contact their advisor or the director of International Studies if they would like to request that the disciplinary internship course be validated as an elective for the International Studies major and/or counted in fulfillment of the International Educational Experience requirement.
Credit through International Studies. Students also may receive academic credit directly through the International Studies Program, by enrolling in INS4941. Students interested in doing so must follow these steps:
- Prior to the semester in which the internship will be undertaken for credit, the student must have successfully completed three upper-level courses within the major, including INS3003 Introduction to International Studies, and have a minimum GPA of 2.75.
- The student should identify an internship opportunity, and complete and submit any application materials as required by the sponsoring entity. For guidance, see the Internships page of this website.
- Upon acceptance, the student must secure an offer letter from the on-site internship supervisor (on official letterhead, with an electronic copy being acceptable) indicating the following: the nature of the student’s responsibilities; an approximate indication of the student’s work schedule during the semester in question, for a total of at least 150 hours; and a statement of the supervisor's willingness to provide a written evaluation of the student’s performance the end of the term. (If the student has received an offer letter that does not meet these criteria but which relates to an established institutional internship program, such as those run by government agencies, that letter may be acceptable. Consult with the director of International Studies for assistance.)
- The student must complete the Internship Agreement found on the Forms page of this website.
- The offer letter and Internship Agreement form must be submitted to Dr. Clayton McCarl, director of the International Studies Program, by the corresponding deadline, as follows: March 15 for summer internships (Summer A, B, and C); April 1 for fall internships; or November 1 for spring internships. In certain cases, a student who has spoken with Dr. McCarl about their application for a specific internship, prior to the deadlines stated here, will be granted an extension to supplied the required materials.
- A student who would like to use their internship in fulfillment of the International Educational Experience for International Studies must also submit the Request for Approval to Register in INS3950 International Educational Experience, found on the Forms page of the Canvas group site for the International Studies Program.
- International students (those holding F1 or J1 visas) who seek to pursue internships in the U.S. must submit a completed CPT form to the International Center by the dates indicated in step 5 above.
- The names of students whose internships are approved will be notified via email that they have been given permission to register for the internship course INS4941.
- All students whose internships will take place outside the U.S. must meet with the International Center to complete any necessary paperwork by: April 1 for summer internships (Summer A, B, and C); May 1 for fall internships; or December 1 for spring internships.
- The student should consult with their on-site supervisor regarding the preferred method for keeping track of their hours. In most cases, an Excel spreadsheet will be appropriate. The student will submit this record of hours to the on-site supervisor, not to the director of International Studies, and that on-site supervisor will attest to the completion of the total hours (see next item).
- By the final day of classes of the semester which corresponds to the student’s internship (the Friday before final exams begin—student should refer to the UNF Academic Calendar to determine that date), the student must submit to Dr. Clayton McCarl the following: the on-site supervisor’s letter, evaluating the students’ work and affirming that at least 150 hours were completed (supervisor may alternatively submit this directly to Dr. McCarl); and a reflective paper of 4-6 double-spaced pages addressing the following questions (in essay, not question-and-answer format): What did you learn during this experience? How has this experience impacted your future academic or professional plans?
- After reviewing these materials, Dr. Clayton McCarl will enter a grade for INS4941.
Last revised 2/6/2021