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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I get credit for an internship I'm already doing?
Usually not. There is a process for registering for an internship, and there is a course you must register for along with your other courses by a specified deadline each semester. Thus, you cannot obtain credit for an internship you are currently engaged in or have already completed without following the routine registration process.

Can I use my current job as an internship for academic credit?
No. You may work with your current supervisor or someone within the organization to create a new position for you that relates to your major, but you cannot use your current position as an internship.

Do I need to have my internship details finalized before I register?
Yes. You need to have been offered and accepted a position before you register. Your contact information and the position description are required to complete the registration process; you must also submit your completed Internship Agreement Form to the Center for Career Services.

What are the requirements for an internship?
All undergraduate students who have advanced in their major, which is typically at 90 credits, are required to complete an internship. All internships for academic credit must be at least as long as one semester in duration and the work should be no more than 20 percent clerical. Typically, Marymount students complete a 6-credit internship, which calculates to approximately 10-20 hours per week (240 hours = 6 credits). Other departments and schools may designate additional criteria or have different credit requirements. Contact the chair of your academic department to learn about specifics for your academic area/discipline.

Can I get paid if I'm getting credit for my internship?
It depends on your employment status. If you are a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident with work authorization, you may accept compensation for an internship. If you are pursuing your education under an F-1 student visa, then you must contact Marymount’s International Student Advisor to determine whether or not you may accept compensation for an internship.

Earning credit is based on the substantive nature of the internship (20 percent or less clerical) and not on compensation.

How do I register for an internship and what is the deadline to register?
You may register for your internship just as you would any class during the registration period for the fall, spring, or summer semesters. The deadline: You may add an internship up until the last day to late register for or add a class in the fall, spring, or summer semesters (summer session III). You must have met all prerequisites, secured the internship position, confirmed your work schedule with your site supervisor, and completed an internship agreement form prior to registration. The student and his or her academic internship mentor/faculty advisor must agree upon and document the credit value of the field experience, depending on the nature of the academic component and the number of hours required for the work component. Academic departments may have additional requirements so check with your academic internship mentor (AIM)/faculty advisor. The recommended standards for academic credit may vary, but typically they are 240 hours a semester for a 6-credit internship experience or 120 hours for a 3-credit internship experience (most internships are 6 credits).

You must submit a completed and approved Internship Agreement Form with signatures from your internship site supervisor, AIM/Faculty Advisor, and the Center for Career Services (or your associate dean) in order to register for the internship course. Once you have all signatures on the form, you should keep a copy for yourself, supply a copy to your site supervisor, and to your AIM (taking a copy to the Registrar is optional) in order to close the loop to register for the internship experience. It is encouraged that you consult with your academic department for specifics about registering for the internship course.

Who and what is an AIM?
AIM is an acronym for Academic Internship Mentor – a Marymount faculty assigned to work with and advise students throughout the internship experience. The AIM may be the student’s direct academic advisor or another faculty assigned by the particular academic department to advise and assist the student through his/her internship experience. Some of the duties of the AIM include approval of the selected internship, sign-off and collection of internship paperwork (agreement and evaluation forms), facilitation of internship site visits, communicating with both the student and internship site supervisor to help troubleshoot any concerns throughout the internship experience.

What are some internship sites MU students have interned at in the past?
Link to a list by academic program below: