Internships for Academic Credit

Undergraduate students who wish to earn academic credit for an internship must apply for permission from their academic department to register for an internship class. The classes are each overseen by an instructor in the department who may require students to attend class meetings, provide examples of completed work, keep an internship journal, etc.

Your specific major or minor may require a particular internship course. Please use this internship course selection tool to determine which course you should take.

If you are wondering if your internship is appropriate for academic credit, how your internship will be graded, class assignments, etc., please ask the course instructor. The acceptability of your internship will be evaluated using the position description provided as part of your internship application.

Summer internships offered through University Extension

If you are taking a Moody College internship during the summer, you have the option of registering for the course through University Extension (not available for students enrolled in the UTLA or the UTNY program). The prerequisites, course instructors, guidelines for approval, course deliverables, and syllabi are the same as for the in-residence courses but tuition costs will be significantly lower. All internship courses will also be offered in-residence for students who need to earn in-residence hours, or need to enroll due to insurance, financial aid/scholarship, or another reason.

Receiving Course Credit

Moody College internship courses are only offered on a pass/fail basis; this will not count against the total pass/fail courses (5) that students are allowed overall. Each course has its own unique prerequisites.

The Moody College of Communication allows a maximum of 6 internship credit hours to count toward your degree (only 4 hours are allowed for students under catalogs prior to 2018-2020).

You must take the internship class during the same semester or summer session that you complete the internship. Retroactive credit for internships will not be granted under any circumstances.

Work Hours

Each course requires a certain number of work hours. These hours should begin around the first class day of the semester or summer session and must be completed by the last class day of the semester or summer session. Internships lasting less than 9 weeks in a long semester, or less than 6 weeks in the summer, may require additional approval from Moody College.

Acceptable Types of Internships

Remote or Virtual Internships 

COVID-19 UPDATE: Experiential work performed online will be acceptable for internships that occur during the spring of 2021.

  • The Intern is provided access to the workplace using non-UT licensed remote technology such as Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, or other collaborative technology in place at the employer.
  • Reimbursement is available to the intern for purchase of hardware or software needed to perform work in a remote status.
  • Employer provides the intern with training and onboarding for work in a remote or virtual workplace situation. 
  • Structured and weekly defined project activities are predetermined for the intern throughout the semester duration.
  • Consistent and regular face-to-face supervision of the intern is in place using collaborative remote technology to provide frequent feedback and mentoring.
  • Supervisor makes a good faith effort to integrate the remote intern into the organization’s work culture - such as participation in team meetings, use of resources, and access to other staff members. 
  • The intern must be engaged in some kind of meaningful activities related to the field they're receiving credit in. 
  • The position has a specific beginning and end date consistent with the summer or fall semester.
  • Direct supervision provided by a working professional currently active in, and with considerable experience directly related to, the work to be performed by the intern.
  • The intern receives substantive experience in the field, which can be documented in student’s internship report, work samples, or a portfolio.
  • The employer must provide all resources and tools for the student-intern to complete assigned internship tasks/projects.
  • The employer must be bonded and/or hold sufficient business and liability insurance to cover students completing their internship tasks on and off their business premises.

On-Site Internships

  • Specific beginning and end dates consistent with fall, spring, or summer semester.

  • Direct, on-site supervision by a working professional currently active in, and with considerable experience directly related to, the work to be performed by the intern.
  • The intern must be engaged in some kind of meaningful activities related to the field they're receiving credit in.
  • Internships must be at an established place of business and not a home office.
  • The intern receives substantive experience in the field, which can be documented in student’s internship report, including work samples.
  • The employer must provide all resources, workspace, and tools for the student-intern to complete assigned internship tasks/projects.
  • The employer must be bonded and/or hold sufficient business and liability insurance to cover students completing their internship tasks on and off their business premises.

Questions about specific internship opportunities should be directed to the faculty member who oversees each internship course.

Click here to review the internship requirements and guidelines from your department.

Course Deliverables

Generally, interns must provide materials for review at the mid-point and end of the semester. Usually, these deliverables are internship journal entries and job summaries, however interns may be required to include more detailed items such as work samples. Specific details will be included in the course syllabus. Interns must also complete an end-of-semester evaluation of their internship experience.

Employers are also asked to provide mid-semester and final evaluations of the interns. The course instructor will contact employers at the appropriate time to collect these evaluations.

International Internships

Any student traveling internationally for a university-related purpose, regardless of credit or funding, must obtain authorization prior to departure. This includes self-sourced internships.  Students who do not comply with the international travel policy can face disciplinary sanctions (see official policy here.)

If you plan on traveling abroad for academic purposes, please follow the steps below.  Students are required to complete all steps prior to departure.

  1. Apply for Travel Approval
  2.  Register the Travel

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