Marianne Able Career Services Center

Internships for Credit

Academic Internship Program

Along with the chance to gain knowledge about an industry or particular company and a possible full-time job offer, registering an internship for academic credit also provides the following benefits:

  • Students gain credit towards the completion of their degree and get valuable professional experience at the same time.
  • Students gain an opportunity to draw on and apply classroom-learned skills in a professional setting through reflective assignments and coursework. 
  • Learning objectives are created and attended to in a collaborative and intentional manner between students and internship employers/supervisors.
  • Faculty Internship Advisors oversee each student’s experience. 
  • Internship participation is recorded on the transcript and students can earn the credit equivalent of up to two free elective courses. 
  • Employers are required to evaluate student’s performance and share feedback with the student at the conclusion of their internship.
  • Many employers require academic accountability for their internship program offerings.

Registration Process

Once a student has secured an internship or plans on securing an internship for the upcoming semester and want to register it for academic credit follow the steps below.

  1. Review the eligibility requirements, program policies, and registration steps: Internships for Credit
  2. Complete the Experiences form in Handshake with additional information and details about your internship. ALL online forms and approvals must be completed by the last day to add a class for the semester in which you are registering
  3. Once you have submitted all required online forms you will meet with Career Services to review the information and Career Services will route your online internship forms to your employer to the Faculty Internship Coordinator for your academic program to review and approve
  4. Once faculty approval is received Career Services works with the Registrar's Office to register you in the internship course (PLEASE NOTE: You do not register yourself for the internship course through Banner)

Resources

Eligibility Requirements

Undergraduate Day Students on the Thomas Jefferson University - East Falls Campus

  • 60 credits earned (EXCEPTION: Architecture students must have 90 credits)
  • If a transfer student, at least 15 credits earned at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA (cumulative and in major)
  • Internship opportunity must be related to major and/or career goals

Graduate Students on the Thomas Jefferson University - East Falls Campus**

  • Good academic standing within one's academic program
  • Internship opportunity must be related to major and/or career goals

**Students in the following graduate programs should register their internships through the Career Services Center and follow the internship guidelines outlined: Architecture, Constuction Management, Engineering, Geospatial Technology, Global Fashion Enterprise, IMBA, Interior Architecture, Real Estate Development, Sustainable Design, Surface Imaging, Textile Design, Textile Engineering/Technology, User Experience & Interaction Design.

**Students in all other graduate programs should speak with their program director in order to follow internship registration guidelines for their specific program.

International Students
International Students must be approved for Curricular-Practical Training (CPT) (PDF). For additional information about CPT students should contact Hannah Bar-Giora, Director of International and Exchange Student Programs, (215) 951-2660, BarGioraH@jefferson.edu.

Credit Options

  • 0.5-Credit Internship: Students must complete 144 hours at the internship over the course of the semester (at least 12 weeks in length).
  • 1-Credit Internship: Students must complete 144 hours at hte internship over the course of the semester (at least 12 weeks in length).
    *Note: this option only available to graduate students in the above programs
  • 3-Credit Internship: Students must complete 144 hours at the internship over the course of the semester (at least 12 weeks in length)
  • 6-Credit Internship: Students must complete 288 hours at the internship over the course of the semester (at least 12 weeks in length).
    *Note: this option only available to undergraduate students
  • Sample syllabi for each credit amount