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Earning Credit for Internships

Yes. To receive academic credit for an internship, students must take the class during the quarter they are participating in the internship. Class assignments are designed for students to reflect on their experiences, think critically about the leadership and organization of your internship firm, and develop skills while interning. 

Yes. A home-based, or virtual, internship may be used for credit as long as there is substantial, consistent interaction with your internship supervisor. Clear expectations, goals, and feedback must be shared at least once per week, either via video conferencing (Zoom, Skype, etc.), phone, and/or email communication. Contact Michael Elias, Director of Internships, at if you have additional questions about a virtual internship opportunity. 
Yes. All of our internship courses are offered in the summer, fully online, and run on a 10-week course schedule.
Yes, but you must work the required minimum of 80 hours at your internship. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you begin your internship in early November to begin meeting this requirement. In 2020, CMN 394 will run for three weeks from Monday November 30 - Friday December 18. While the application deadline has passed for December Intersession 2020, please email Michael at for additional ways to get credit.
While this option is currently limited due to COVID-19, you can receive credit for an internship out-of-state and/or abroad. Since all of our courses are online, you are able to intern outside of Chicago while earning academic credit. Just be sure that the internship meets our Internship Program Standards
No. Academic credit is only granted for internships that are taken concurrently with an internship course.    
It depends. The work you do must be related to your major, and your supervisor must agree to comply with internship program standards. Complete the online Internship Proposal Form so that we may confirm eligibilty. 
Yes! You can still receive academic credit with a paid internship opportunity.