Internship Credit Guidelines

-100 hours over 10 weeks (fall/spring) or 6 weeks during the summer

-Must have faculty approval before internship begins

-May be paid or unpaid

-Sophomore status or higher

-Rigorous academic component

-1 internship may not be used for multiple internship courses

*Full UCC Guidelines Document

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Letters of Credit Eligibility

Recently many internship sites are requiring students to earn academic credit for an unpaid internship.  Show the employer our Letter of Internship Recognition and if that doesn't work, Brandeis can write you a letter stating that you will be receiving credit for your internship, after you have confirmed your internship course enrollment. 

Types of Internship Courses

89a/b Internship Seminars--Syllabus-based, faculty-led course with other undergraduates

92a/b Independent Internship & Analysis--One-on-one study with a faculty around an internship and academic area

93a Independent Research Internship--Work directly with faculty on new research project discovering new scientific results and oral presentation.

INT 92g 1-Credit Summer School Course

Internship Seminars (89a/b)

These unique courses emphasize a style of peer learning that enhances the internship experience both academically and analytically as students help each other connect their real-world experience to classroom learning:

Internship Course: 89a/b Internship Seminar

Every fall and spring; in summer through the Rabb Summer School

min 8 hr/week Internship concurrent with bi/weekly group seminar

Academic Requirements:

Varying by Department; per course syllabus
Grading: Letter grade
Start By: Contacting Hiatt, UAH or faculty member
Enrollment: Get enrollment code from faculty after internship approval

  • This lecture and syllabus-based course is taught by Brandeis faculty and meets bi/weekly during the semester.
  • Students have individual internship placements relative to the discipline, but meet as a class to discuss readings, theory, site experiences and academic reflection.
  • All 89a/b Internship Seminars carry a rigorous academic component. Examples of expected academic requirements include readings, papers, journals and oral presentations.
  • Usually open to Sophomores, Juniors and/or Seniors.  Instructions and prerequisites vary from course to course, so check the Registrar's course catalog.

Internship Seminar Offerings (See Bulletin for more info)

BUS 89a Work in the Global Business Environment (offered fall and spring)

  • Normally students must arrange an internship placement and approval prior to registration and the internship is concurrent with the seminar.
  • Encourages students to pool experiences and lessons drawn from various business environments and to analyze and discuss them in the context of related readings.
  • Professor Suderow

ENVS 89a Environmental Internship (offered fall and spring)
  • Early registration (April and October) encouraged.
  • Students work in environmental internship placements tailored to the students' academic program, interests, and skills. Internships are in public and private organizations focused on environmental policy, research, regulation, enforcement, and education. A classroom component is designed to provide an opportunity for analysis and discussion of the internship experience.
  •  Professor Goldin

HSSP 89a Internship Seminar (offered fall and spring)

  • Prerequisite: Open only to HSSP majors.
  • A supervised internship in a health care or policy organization. Internship placement must be approved by the HSSP internship instructor and should focus on some aspect of health and public service. This could include work in a department of public health, hospital or health care agency, health advocacy organization, or other appropriate government or private-sector organization. Students are required to attend a biweekly internship course and submit a 20-to-25 page research paper relating to their internship.
  • Professor Cynthia Schampl

JOUR 89: Contemporary Media and Analysis Internship Seminar (offered fall only)

  • Prerequisite: AMST 15a, 137b, or 138b.
  • Usually reserved for Journalism minors only.
  • Brings together students who are independently engaged in various media internships and provides an opportunity for them to exchange their experiences with other students and to discuss and analyze related readings. Students who choose to satisfy the journalism minor's internship option must take this course.
  • Professor Farrelly

LGLS 89a Legal Studies Internship Seminar (offered fall and spring)
  • Prerequisites: LGLS 10a and one other LGLS course or permission of the instructor.
  • Usually reserved for LGLS minors only.
  • Biweekly class and a supervised law-related internship in a public agency or nonprofit organization. Examples of internship activities include investigating discrimination cases, negotiating between consumers and small business, and researching victim assistance policies.
  • Internships must be arranged through or approved by instructor.
  • Professor Stimell

Pol 89A: Political Science Internship

  • Prerequisites: Contact the instructor, Ryan LaRochelle ( for a form, which must be filled out and approved before students are permitted to enroll in the course.
  • The seminar is organized around a fundamental question in the discipline: Can academic political science and its theories and empirics help us understand and practice real-world politics?  Throughout the course will we examine whether political scientists can do a better job of informing citizens and improve the practice of democracy. 
  • In addition to their work at their internship sites, students in the course are required to submit an evaluation by their internship supervisor, complete a daily log and journal of their work in the field, write a term paper that evaluates the applicability of political science research to a question or problem at their internship site, and present their paper in class.
  • Ryan LaRochelle

SJSP 89a Social Justice, Social Policy Internship Seminar (offered fall only)

  • Prerequisites:  Signature of Ms. Nancy Feldman, LGLS admin, required. 
  • Supervised internship in a social justice, social service, social policy, or social research organization. Students will meet as a group and will complete research assignments. Class plus 8-10 hours per week at internship placement. 
  • Professor Stimell

WMGS 89a  Internship in Women's and Gender Studies: When Violence Hits Home (offered fall only)
  • Combines fieldwork in violence prevention programs with a weekly seminar concerning violence against women and children. The seminar examines the tensions and commonalities between "family violence" and "feminist" approaches, with an emphasis on feminist scholarship
  • Professor Hunter