Internships/Experiential Learning

At Marymount University, we are proud of the fact that all students participate in an internship experience that provides an opportunity to integrate classroom learning with real-time professional experience.  The University’s proximity to our nation’s capital affords exciting opportunities for internships with many government agencies, non-profit institutions, educational and correctional agencies, healthcare facilities, tech firms, and community organizations.

An internship at Marymount is guided by learning goals and supervised by both academic and agency personnel. Internships may be offered for credit or on a non-credit basis. If you have questions about the internship for credit requirement, please reach out to your School’s Academic Internship Mentor.

For-Credit Internships

For-credit internships are generally more substantive, with no more than 20 percent clerical or administrative tasks. Students in a for-credit internship work with an academic internship mentor (faculty member/AIM) on academic assignments related to the content of their internships.

Qualifications Include:

  • For-credit internships must be completed within one semester.
  • ​MU students who hope to earn 3 credit hours should be working a minimum of 120 hours throughout the semester, which converts to approximately 8-10 hours a week.
  • You must be at least a junior, transfer, or graduate student, with a minimum of 90 credits and at least one semester completed at Marymount.

Click HERE to explore the internship for credit instructions and process. This process will walk you through how to get started, who to contact, and how to register for the course.

To report your internship for-credit in Handshake, please follow the video instructions below

Global Internship Opportunities

Students can choose to complete their internship requirement abroad or with an international company through the Global internship programs. Through these programs, you can go to a different country, immersing yourself in the culture while working. Students also have the option of completing a Virtual Global Internship where you work with a company or organization located in a different country from the comfort of your home. Students interested in these programs should set up an appointment with the Center for Global Education.

Non-credit Internships

A noncredit internship is something you may do that is independent of your University coursework. It’s a great way to explore a career field, gain experience, learn about the inner workings of an office, choose a major, earn supplemental income, start networking, and build your résumé! These positions may be more clerical in nature, but you may gain a wealth of knowledge about working in the “real world.”

Service Learning / Volunteer Opportunities

Service learning/volunteer opportunities are learning experiences usually working with non-profit organizations within the community on a volunteer basis.

Marymount University’s Center for Career Development works with quite a few volunteer organizations in the local area, and students are encouraged to participate during their college career.

BILT-389 Field Experience

BILT 389 provides students the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary professional experiences in local or global communities outside of the classroom. Opportunities would include experiences such as:

  • a global experience
  • an in-country field experience
  • a company-sponsored educational program
  • research and conference experience
  • extensive professional studio experience
  • on-campus employment
  • an extended volunteer experience

Students will be required to complete a minimum of 120 experiential hours, generate a project plan, complete course assignments, and develop a thoughtful final project on the learning experience to meet the course requirements.

A field site/project and supervisor are required for this courseIn order to register, you must have identified your supervisor. Students interested in research are encouraged to connect with professors in their major.

Prerequisites: 60 credits; declared BILT major

Students interested in registering for BILT 389: Field Experience, must complete a field experience application and meet with Academic Internship Mentor, Professor Becca Banzuelo, to gain permission. Priority will be given to graduating seniors. Please complete your application here. Please keep in mind, the application will update based upon the open semester of registration.