In order to be eligible for an internship course, an internship must:
-Last 100 hours over 10 weeks (fall/spring) or 6 weeks during the summer
-Have faculty approval before internship begins
-Have a rigorous academic component (designed by a faculty)
-Not be used for multiple internship courses
Internship Approval & Enrollment Forms
Internship Credit: Academic Internships
Currently matriculating Brandeis undergraduates have the opportunity to obtain academic credit for internships conducted throughout the year, in addition to the usual transcript notation, by combining the internship with Brandeis internship course. A student may count up to 8 credits of internship courses towards his/her degree requirements. Internships may be paid or unpaid, domestic or international.
Not all programs offer an internship course option, and those that do structure them in various ways. Check to see if the appropriate academic department offers an Independent Internship & Analysis course (92 a/b, 93 a/b) or Internship Seminar Course (89 a/b) course before approaching a faculty member.
Brandeis Internship course options and rules vary depending on the academic term of the internship:
Students who complete an internship in the summer may either
- enroll in the concurrent Rabb Summer School One-credit INT 92g Internship course, or
- with prior approval, enroll in a 4-credit internship course, in a relevant academic program, in the fall semester after the summer internship. **Option not available for International Students**
Students who have secured an internship for a fall or spring academic term may, with faculty approval, enroll in a concurrent, 4-credit internship course, if available in a relevant academic program.
For additional information on Internship Requirements & Course Guidelines, see items below:
Reasons for Enrolling in an Internship Course
-Internship Courses May Be Part of Your Major/Minor Options
Internship Courses May Be Part of Your Major/Minor Options
Over 26 academic programs offer an internship course as an elective option. Internship Courses help students academically develop an internship from both an experiential and an academic context. Courses are faculty-led and designed to maximize the student's learning and professional skills.
Some internship situations require that the student earns academic credit including international students wanting to use CPT authorization or students interning at an organization requiring them to earn credit in lieu of pay.
-Your Internship Employer Requires You to Earn Academic Credit
Some organizations will require you to earn credit because of their interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Your employer may require a letter indicating that you’ll be receiving credit. Please refer to the Credit Eligibility Letter Page/Form for more information.
International Student Requirements
If you are an international student, you will need to meet specific work authorization criteria in order to complete an internship in the United States. If you are going to use CPT, you must enroll in an internship course in your major of study at the same time as you are doing your internship. You must have a declared major to use CPT. International students not enrolled in a curricular endeavor that accompanies their internship risk violating their visa status. Check with the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) for specific information on appropriate visas.
Important Details About Academic Internship Courses
Prior Approval & Eligibility
A faculty member MUST approve your internship in advance in order to evaluate your responsibilities and intended learning objectives. In 99% of the cases, faculty will not enroll you in an internship course without prior approval of your internship and participation in the goal setting, so make sure you complete this first.
Academic internship courses, per the UCC Internship Guidelines, are usually performed in junior or senior year. However, at faculty discretion, sophomores may enroll.
-Internship Duration & Compensation
Internship Hourly Requirement
Internships that are part of a 4-credit internship course must be:
- at least 100 hours over the course of at least 10 weeks during the fall/spring semester OR
- at least 100 hours over the course of at least 6 weeks during the summer
Internships part of the Summer INT 92g 1-credit course must be at least 100 hours over 5 weeks in the summer.
Your internship may be paid OR unpaid to receive credit.
-Internship Credit Limit
A student may earn up to 8 credits of internship courses to count towards their degree requirements. Students may complete additional internship courses and petition to have those appear on their transcript, but the credits would be “purpose credit” and outside of the 128 Brandeis credits needed for a degree. See the Registrar’s site for more information.
Additionally, students may NOT use one internship experience to earn credit in multiple internship courses. Each internship experience counts toward one internship course only.
In most cases, you will take an academic course and pursue an internship within the same semester. However, some programs will allow you to complete an internship in the summer and take the subsequent class the following fall. ENVS 89a and LGLS 89a no not allow students to earn credit retroactively. Always check with each faculty members in advance.
Here is a suggested timeline for securing an internship, beginning the position, and enrolling in an internship course.
|Internship Semester||Faculty Approval Deadline
(prior to internship)
|Summer Break||February||April 1/Mid-March|
Academic internship credit cannot be approved retroactively for any experience without prior faculty approval of the internship placement. Faculty must know about and approve of your internship for the internship course before you begin the internship experience.
-Tuition & Fees
Tuition & Fees
You do not need to pay additional tuition for internship courses taken in the fall or spring semester if they are part of your normal academic load. Summer internship courses are coordinated by the Summer School and cost extra. As of June 2012, the 1-credit INT 92g course is $450.
Grading varies based on the type of internship credit course.
- 4-credit internship courses are assigned letter grades. Grading is mainly based on your academic work for the course and faculty can also take into consideration your internship experience based on the evaluation from your supervisor.
- 1-credit internship course (INT 92g) is graded on a Credit/No Credit basis only.
-A Note About Liability Waivers & Hold Harmless Agreements
A Note About Liability Waivers
Brandeis representatives cannot sign any liability waivers or ‘hold harmless’ agreements. Your internship experience happens on-site, and Brandeis does not supervise your on-site experience.
In general, Brandeis encourages organizations to compensate interns because it attracts a wider pool of applicants and recognizes the value and worth of the interns’ contributions.