Academic Credit for Unpaid Internships

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Internships are valuable experiences, whether they are paid or unpaid positions. It is possible to get academic credit for internships that are unpaid. The steps for getting credit vary within each of the seven schools at WashU.

For students in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, or the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, consult the  Academic Credit & Internships handout (PDF).

For students in the College of Arts & Sciences, follow these steps:

  1. Secure an internship.
  2. Identify and ask a faculty member to sponsor your internship.
  3. Complete the Internship Learning Agreement (PDF) webform.
  4. Register for the course number as advised by your faculty sponsor.
    NOTE: Credit cannot be awarded retroactively.

For more information, consult the Academic Credit & Internships handout (PDF). You can also view a spreadsheet showing the Summary of Departments Offering Internship Credit (PDF) within the College of Arts & Sciences.

Details about the academic credit process for students enrolled in the Olin School of Business can be found through the MGT 450A-Internship in Business document (PDF).