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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 their 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 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. However, please note that you may not perform your internship in your employer's private home, in accordance with our Internship Position Standards.
Yes. All of our internship courses are offered in the summer, fully online, and run on a 10-week course schedule.
In 2021, the College of Communication will not be offering internship courses during December Intersession. However, you can still earn academic credit for your internship during Intersession through the Career Center's UIP 250 course. Also, please note that 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. If you have any additional questions about earning credit for internships during December Intersession, please email Michael Elias, Director of Internships, at
While this option is currently limited due to COVID-19, you can receive credit for an internship abroad or out of state. 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. Please complete our online Internship Application Form so that we may confirm eligibilty. 
Yes! You can still receive academic credit with a paid internship opportunity.