All students at Marymount are required to complete an internship for credit*. This graduation requirement has two components – the internship itself and the internship course. Students are responsible for finding their own internships.
*with the exception of some Health Sciences, Nursing, and Education majors, where the requirement is built into the program.
Internship for Credit Instructions & Process
Step 1: Find and accept an internship
Search and apply for internships on Handshake, LinkedIn, other job websites, and through networking at career fairs. Don’t know where to start? Make an appointment with our office today for internship search tips and guidance. While you are in the process of searching, applying, and interviewing, we recommend you speak with your Academic Internship Mentor about your internship to ensure it meets learning outcomes and objectives and qualifies as an internship for credit.
Step 2: Find the internship course on Marynet
Find and verify that the internship course for your major is being offered in the semester you want to complete your internship on Marynet. You cannot register for an internship for credit if the internship course for your major is not offered. Please note, you will be automatically registered for your internship after you complete all the steps listed in this guide.
Step 3: Report your internship in Handshake
Report your internship for credit in Handshake. Please see the resources below to help you report and submit your internship for credit form.
- Video tutorial: How to Report Your Internship for Credit on Handshake
- Report your internship in Handshake now
- Handshake Internship for Credit Submission Checklist
- Sample Offer Letter (must be included in your Handshake form and provided by your employer)
- List of Academic Internship Mentors (AIM)
- Any student applying for an internship for credit MUST have a reviewed and approved resume on Handshake. Students can make an appointment on Handshake to speak with a Career Development staff member to start the development or revision of their resumes. This process can take time and last-minute requests are honored at the discretion of the Director of Career Development.
- Internship for credit positions require submission of an offer letter from your employer that includes information listed in our policies, procedures, and waivers. View a sample offer letter here.
- Every student must read and agree in Handshake that they have read and acknowledged our policies, procedures, and waivers. This encompasses your responsibilities and your understanding that you are voluntarily participating in the internship at your own risk.
- All students participating in an internship opportunity must complete all approvals in the Marymount University Handshake System before beginning their internship for credit. All of the approvals required from Career Development, site supervisor, and Academic Internship Mentor, and director of their college must be completed by the deadline for a complete application. This process can take time and last-minute requests are honored at the discretion of the Director of Career Development.
Step 4: Gain all approvals on Handshake to register
Once you submit your internship form in Handshake, your form will need to be approved by (1) Career Development, (2) your internship site supervisor, (3) your Academic Internship Mentor, and (4) the Director of your school. After gaining all approvals, the Director of your school will register you for your internship course. All approvals must be completed by the deadline for a complete application. This process can take time and last-minute requests are honored at the discretion of the Director of Career Development.
International students – additional step
If you are an undergraduate student with an F-1 visa, you will need to complete one additional step – report this internship to the ISSS office. As soon as you receive approval on Handshake and have been registered for the Internship class, you must report this internship to the ISSS office, via the ISSS portal, in order to get an off-campus practical training permit endorsement in your I-20 CPT. Students will be issued a new I-20 with their internship information listed on it regardless of if they are receiving payment or not for the internship. Students must have an I-20 issued to them before they start their internship to be in compliance with labor and immigration regulations.
To report your internship, visit the ISSS portal. Go to tab 4 and click on the briefcase icon Internship/CPT.
For more information on CPT contact an international advisor directly at email@example.com or 703-526-6922.
Internship for Credit Reporting Deadlines
Spring 2022: Wednesday, January 12
Summer 2022: Session I & III – Wednesday, May 11, Session II – Wednesday, June 22
Fall 2022: Wednesday, August 24
Additional Internship Resources