Earning Academic Credit

The assignments in the academic internship course allowed me to recognize my strong and weak points, which I reflected on as I went into my internship each day. What I was really grateful for after my internship was how much of a glimpse of the real-world I received. Gaining that perspective while still in school is a great way to test out your skills and confirm your interests ahead of time, and even alert you to some things you don’t want to experience in the future.

Millie Vuksanovic, Major: Psychology  |  Recruiting Division, Crucial Hire

General Eligibility Requirements

  • You can begin receiving credit for internships after completing 30 credit hours at UIC
  • Transfer students must have 1 semester of UIC grades posted (12-15 credit hours)
  • You must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5/4.0
  • You can do one internship per semester

Course Options

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers many different options to earn academic credit while participating in an internship. Eligibility for credit is dependent on your academic department and it is important to start by reviewing your course catalog and meeting with your departmental advisor to see what internship courses are available by department, understand the application process, requirements needed, and any restrictions.

Credit Hours 1-3 (Up to 6)
Semester Offered Spring, Summer, Fall
Credit Earned Towards Graduation
Class Structure Condensed Seminar
Course Requirements 5 Mandatory Sessions
Learning Objectives Career and professional identity development through reflection papers, online discussions, and group activities.
Contact Hours at Site 1 credit=60 hours 2 credits=120 hours 3 credits=180 hours
Major Standing All majors within LAS including undeclared
GPA 2.5
Pre-requisites None
Standing Completed 30 credit hours. Transfer students must have 1 semester of at least 12 credit hours completed.
Grading Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Contact Lauren Gallagher: laureng4@uic.edu
Credit Hours Credits can be fixed or variable
Semester Offered Semesters Offered Varies
Credit Earned Towards Major
Class Structure Class structure varies from independent study to weekly classes
Course Requirements Meet with faculty
Learning Objectives Connect internship work with major coursework
Contact Hours at Site Varies
Major Standing Declared
GPA 2.5
Pre-requisites Verify with department advisor
Standing Junior
Grading Letter Grade
Contact Department Advisor

LAS 289 Application Steps

  1. Confirm that you meet Eligibility Requirements above
  2. Watch the LAS 289 Webinar
  3. Secure an internship first
  4. Download the Proposal Form
  5. Email completed proposal to LASinternship@uic.edu for approval

Department Internship Course Descriptions