Academic Internship Credit Information


Requirements to Participate:

  • Junior Status: Semester long internships (fall, spring or summer) require at least junior status in order to receive academic credit.
  • Summer Tuition: Please note that summer tuition is required to enroll for a summer internship. 
  • A Faculty Sponsor: During the semester and summer sessions, your Faculty Sponsor is typically your academic advisor. It is important that your Faculty Sponsor be familiar with the industry in which you are interning.
  • A Site Supervisor: Your Site Supervisor will be who you report to at your internship site. While you can work in a relative's office, your Site Supervisor cannot be a family member or relative. 
  • International Internships**: Internships located at any site outside of the United States have an earlier registration deadline and students must complete both the standard registration process below and register with the Center for International and Cultural Education ( 

**If you are you an international student looking to complete an Academic Internship in your home country of record, follow the domestic procedures and deadlines**

Registration Deadlines:

  Domestic Internships International Internships

Summer 2018

Fall 2018

J-TERM 2019

Spring 2019

Summer 2019

May 23, 2018

September 12, 2018

November 29, 2019 (January 2, 2019)

February 17, 2019

May 17, 2019

March 31, 2017

June 12, 2017

September 29, 2018

November 17, 2018

March 17, 2018

Registration Process:

Registration for International Academic Internships, click HERE
Registration information for January Interim Career Exploration, click HERE

  1. Obtain an internship
  2. Complete application form
    1. Determine Learning Objectives with Faculty Sponsor
      1. Utilize this template to assist with completing your application.
  3. Submit application form
  4. Application approval
  5. Assignments

1. Obtain an internship 

Explore internship opportunities by interest area, browse through Handshake using your Gustavus email, or schedule an appointment to meet with a Career Development Specialist (to schedule an appointment, call 507-933-7575 or stop by Career Development in the lower level of the Jackson Campus Center).

If you aren't sure where to start review this page for additional tips on finding opportunities. 

2. Complete registration forms

Fall or Spring Semester Internship:

  • Complete the online application form, found through Handshake AND Internship Agreement form.
    • Students will be required to determine Learning Objectives with their Faculty Sponsor, utilize this template to write your Learning Objectives prior to starting your application in Handshake. 
    • Faculty will receive an email for approval through your online registration form completed in step 2. 
    • For assistance with the form, watch this video.
  • Internship Agreement (to be completed by the Student)

Summer Internship:

Unless otherwised noted above, forms should be submitted to Career Development once complete.

***Registration information for January Interim Career Exploration, click here***.

3. Submit registration form

Students who seek to earn academic credit for an internship must submit all required completed registration forms via Handshake by the applicable deadline (listed below), for approval. 

Academic Internship Registration Deadlines:

  Domestic Internships International Internships

Summer 2017

Fall 2017

Spring 2018

Summer 2018

May 17, 2017

September 14, 2017

February 21, 2018

May 23, 2018

March 31, 2017

June 15, 2017

November 15, 2017

March 29, 2018

Time Requirements and Credit Information:



Credit to Hours

Fall and Spring

14 weeks

0.5-1 credit = 10-12 hours per week
2 credits = 20 hours per week
3 credits = 35+ hours per week


 Minimum 10 weeks 0.5-1 credit = 10-12 hours per week
2 credits = 20 hours per week
3 credits = 35+ hours per week

Interim Career Exploration

***Registration information for January Interim Career Exploration, click here***
 4 weeks  1 credit = 30+ hours per week

4. Registration Approval

Career Development will review and approve completed registration forms and forward the request to the Registrar's Office to add the internship registration before the applicable deadline. The Registrar will then register the student for the number of academic credits requested. The internship course should appear on the student's schedule in WebAdvisor.

5. Assignments

Career Development CANNOT REQUIRE that you complete assignments throughout your Internship or Career Exploration. ASSIGNMENTS AND LEARNING OBJECTIVES ARE DETERMINED BY FACULTY SPONSORS. 

Career Development suggests that students complete the assignments below to facilitate reflection on your experience:

  • Reflections Reflection assignments are designed to help you reflect on your internship and learn to articulate what you have learned and gained from your experience. These skills will be crucial when interviewing for your next internship or a job after graduation. Students are requested to complete two reflections throughout their experience, all reflections must be submitted via GoogleForms:
    • Mid-term reflection assignment guides can be found here.
    • Final reflections assignment guides can be found here.
    • Students must submit all reflections via GoogleForms.
    • Faculty sponsors may require specific reflections, journaling and writing prompts. Assignments dictated by faculty sponsors should be completed in leu of the reflections above.

International Internships

*If you are you an international student looking to complete an Academic Internship in your home country of record, follow the domestic procedures and deadlines*

Students who register to earn credit for an internship at any site located outside of the United States must complete the applicable Semester and Summer Registration Forms and also complete registration through the off-campus study online application system through the Center for International and Cultural Education ( Additional fees will apply. 
The registration deadlines for international academic internships are earlier than those for domestic academic internships. See the Registration Deadlines section above for specific deadlines.
International Travel Documents and Travel Warnings:

Passports can take up to 14 weeks for processing. Visa can take even longer and may require in-person arrangements at the appropriate embassy (typically in Chicago or Washington D.C.). View a list of embassies

Gustavus will NOT sponsor or approve registration for academic credit for an internship in a country with a current travel warning. The U.S. Department of State provides an updated list of countries with alerts and warnings. 


Contact Jess Franta 507-933-7509

Updated 8/31/17 JF