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Internship Course Credit Approval Process


Internships allow students to put their history skills to work, test out career options, gain valuable practical experience, and build relationships with professionals and organizations in their areas of interest. Internships often provide not only useful work experience, but also letters of recommendation, personal references, and sometimes even a job offer.

Academic Internships

Students can receive course credit for internships only by enrolling in Hist 49800 with the consent of the undergraduate advisor before beginning the internship. Students can earn 1 credit for 3-4 hours of internship work per week over 15 weeks, 2 credits for 6-8 hours internship work per week over 15 weeks, or 3 credits for 10 hours per week over 15 weeks. Credits are Pass/No Credit. No credit may be given, retroactively, for internship work undertaken without being properly enrolled in advance.

Approval Process

  • Find an Internship. An internship can be considered for history credit only if it is related to the study of history. It is the student’s own responsibility to apply directly to institutions offering internships. Each student must have an assigned internship supervisor at the work site. The internship supervisor must agree (by signing the Internship Work Agreement) to supervise the work and to participate in the evaluation of the student’s performance during and at the end of the internship. Interns may not be supervised by undergraduate students.
  • Departmental Approval. Submit the Internship Work Agreement to the undergraduate advisor and gain permission to register for Hist 49800.
  • Complete Internship. To complete the internship and receive course credit, the student must submit the items below to the undergraduate advisor by the last day of classes.
    • A two-page paper summarizing what the student has learned and accomplished in their internship.
    • A daily log of the student’s work at internship. The log can be just a few sentences for each entry and should focus on the content of the work accomplished.
    • A supervisor ’s evaluation.


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