Gaining experience is a critical step in preparing for your future career. The CEO can assist you in your search by teaching you how to locate opportunities, apply, and accept offers. Utilize the resources below to get started exploring internship opportunities.

Getting Started

What is an internship?

An internship is an opportunity to gain exposure to and experience in a career field of interest. They can be paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time, for academic credit or not, for a specific period of time.

During a quality internship, students can:

  • Explore a career field of interest
  • Gain experience and hone skills applicable in the workplace
  • Develop a network of professional contacts

What makes a quality Internship?

While different employers may have different thoughts and goals about an internship, the CEO puts forth the following criteria for a quality experience:

  • A learning experience, not just meeting the needs of the employer
  • Skills and knowledge gained can be applied to other settings
  • Clearly defined job duties and time frame
  • Clearly defined learning outcomes, related to the student’s professional and academic goals
  • Routine supervision by a professional with the knowledge and experience to do so
  • Resources and facilities to support learning

This criteria was established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the professional association to which the CEO is a member.

Source and for more information:

Why would I want to get academic credit for an internship?

  • Some majors require or strongly encourage students to do so. Please check your major requirements and talk with your academic advisor.
  • Students who have successfully petitioned for a study abroad exemption will need to have an off-campus experience to satisfy this requirement. One option is an internship in the US.
  • The CEO highly recommends completing an internship as a way to “test drive” career fields of interest. The decision to register for an internship course to receive academic credit is the student’s and should be made in collaboration with their academic advisor and faculty internship sponsor.

I'm in a major that requires an academic internship. Where is the list of experiences that will count?

There is no standard list of internships that satisfy major requirements, as students are encouraged to explore a career field of their interest that aligns with their academic curriculum. For example, one business management major may be interested in human resources, and another wants to explore commercial banking. Their internships could be at different organizations but both could satisfy the requirement. Students are encouraged to meet with their faculty internship sponsor in your major early in their search, as it is the faculty's responsibility to decide if the internship warrants academic credit.

Search Sites & Tools for Finding Internships

Applying for Academic Credit for Internships

Credit Options & hours Required

Updates to the Goucher curriculum resulted in the following changes to the Academic Internship Program, starting Fall 2017:

  • Internship courses will now be offered for 1-4 credits, depending on the major
  • Each credit will require 45 hours of work at the internship site, so a 1 credit internship course = 45 hours of work at the internship site, 2 credits = 90 hours, 3 credits = 135 hours and 4 credits = 180 hours.

For more information, please contact the CEO at or 410-337-6191.

What are the steps to Apply for Academic Credit?

In order to recognize the learning that occurs in internships, academic departments may award credit for an internship if a student gains approval from a faculty internship sponsor within the department they wish to receive credit from and the internship is related to a student's major or career goals. Internship courses are implemented at the departmental level. Each department has established internship courses that are specific to their department with distinct prerequisites and academic requirements.

Follow these steps to apply for academic credit:

  1. Secure an internship and discuss responsibilities, expectations, and supervision plans with site supervisor.
  2. Discuss internship with faculty member in department from which you are seeking credit and request they become the faculty internship sponsor for the internship course. Determine learning outcomes and how to demonstrate achievement of those, in collaboration with this faculty member. It is the faculty internship sponsor's responsibility to decide if the internship warrants academic credit.
  3. Ensure eligibility to receive credit by meeting with Academic Advisor.
  4. If applying for credit for an independent international internship, see below for more information and meet with the Office of International Studies to gain information and approval.
  5. If the faculty member supports the internship for credit, review the Academic Internship Checklist and complete the Internship Learning Agreement (ILA) found below.

Once the ILA is submitted, emails are automatically generated for approval from the Academic Advisor, Faculty Internship Sponsor, Site Supervisor, and the Office of International Studies(if applicable). It is important to have all conversations before submitting the ILA.

Still uncertain? Contact our office, we'd be happy to walk you through it.

There are a lot of people who have to approve the ILA. What are their Roles & Responsibilities?


  • Search for, apply to, and secure an internship, using CEO, personal and other resources.
  • Meet with academic advisor to ensure eligibility to receive academic credit for the internship.
  • If an F-1 student, meet with the International Student Advisor to obtain work permission for any paid internship. Those in a dependent status (A-1, G-4, H-4, F-2, etc.) may wish to meet with International Student Advisor to discuss options well in advance of and desired paid internship.
  • Secure a faculty internship sponsor from the department in which the course is offered.
  • Meet with faculty internship sponsor to discuss the internship, determine academic learning outcomes and identify an academic activity.
  • Discuss the internship learning outcomes with the internship site supervisor.
  • Submit the Internship Learning Agreement by the appropriate deadline.
  • Follow-up, as needed, with faculty internship sponsor, academic advisor and site supervisor to ensure approval of the ILA, sent via email to the CEO.
  • Complete required hours (45 hours for each academic credit) within the semester for which they are registering for academic credit.
  • Complete and submit the agreed upon academic assignment that demonstrates to the faculty internship sponsor what has been learned and that learning outcomes are met, by the deadline.
  • Complete student reflection on internship experience and submit the CEO by the deadline.

Academic Advisor

  • Review student’s academic record to determine if student has fulfilled the necessary prerequisites for the internship course stated in the ILA.
  • Confirm student’s awareness of the 8 credit internship limit as noted in the academic catalogue.
  • Review the email generated by the submission of the Internship Learning Agreement, and reply to the message with your approval.
  • Communicate with the CEO regarding any questions or concerns.

Faculty Internship Sponsor

  • Meet with the student to discuss:
    • Whether the internship warrants academic credit.
    • CEO skill learning outcomes and the value of the internship in developing and/or demonstrating those skills.
    • Academic component of this internship and help student develop academic learning outcomes related to the academic and professional goals.
    • Method in which the student will demonstrate what they have learned.
    • Grading option for the course, as appropriate.
  • Advise international students to consult with the International Student Advisor before pursuing an internship.
  • Review the email generated by the submission of the Internship Learning Agreement, and reply to the message with your approval that the internship warrants academic credit.
  • Consult regularly (recommend 3-4 contacts per semester or summer) with the student in person or electronically throughout the internship to provide feedback, guidance and support.
  • Evaluate the student based on their ability to reach the learning outcomes, completion of written work, or other project, and the performance feedback from the internship site supervisor, if available.
  • Faculty should also review the student reflection on internship experience.
  • Submit final grade to the Registrar’s Office by due date.
  • Communicate with the CEO regarding any questions or concerns.

Site Supervisor

  • Identify internship responsibilities/projects/ qualifications and appropriate space/tools/technology.
  • Ensure that the internship meets the criteria set forth by the US Department of Labor and the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
  • Consult with student to understand the CEO internship learning outcomes and the student’s academic learning outcomes and ensure they align with those of the organization.
  • Review the email generated by the submission of the Internship Learning Agreement, and reply to the message with your approval.
  • Offer routine feedback about student performance, both verbally and in writing.
  • Complete the Intern Performance Feedback at or near the end of the internship. This will be shared with the faculty internship sponsor and may be used to assess the student’s grade.
    • Meet with the student to review the evaluation and have both parties sign.
    • Submit to the CEO by due date.


  • Support students in finding and securing internships. Meet individually with, or present to, students to encourage articulating skills and experience on resumes and in interviews, as well as developing a search strategy unique to their needs and interests.
  • Provide a variety of resources to find opportunities and offer instruction on the use of networking as part of a multi-faceted search strategy.
  • Develop relationships with employers and organizations as potential internship sites.
  • Educate students on the process for registering for academic credit and completing the Internship Learning Agreement.
  • Manage the academic credit registration process, which includes:
    • compiling all appropriate approvals,
    • providing additional review and approval to ensure completeness and accuracy of ILA, and
    • forwarding to the Registrar, who will officially register the student for the internship course.
  • Communicate with students, faculty internship sponsors and site supervisors as needed, particularly to distribute and secure the student reflection on internship experience and performance feedback at the end of the internship.
  • Serve as resource for students, faculty, academic advisors and site supervisors.

When are the deadlines to submit an ILA?

Deadlines to Apply for Academic Credit

August 31, 2017 - Fall I

October 20, 2017 - Fall II

December 8, 2017 - Winter

February 5, 2018 - Spring I & work due to faculty internship sponsor for Winter internships

March 30, 2018 - Spring II

(An important date for the ILA) May 11 - Work due to faculty internship sponsor for Spring internships

June 8, 2018 - Summer I

July 13, 2018 - Summer II

(An important date for the ILA) August 29 - Work due to faculty internship sponsor for Summer internships

What forms do I need to Apply for Academic Credit?

Is there a fee to receive Academic Credit?

During the fall and spring semesters, most full time students build their internship course into their course load. As long as students do not exceed the 18-hour max load, there is no additional fee for academic credit for an internship. If students do go into course overload, they will need to 1) petition the Associate Provost to be in overload, and 2) pay any fees associated with that overload. For more information, please see the Part-Time Undergraduates section on this page.

For summer and winter internships, there is a per-credit fee associated with registering for an academic course for an internship. For more information, please see the Part-Time Undergraduate section on this page.

International Internships


Goucher provides several options to students who are interested in pursuing international internships - experiences which take place outside of the United States. Both the Offices of International Studies and Career Education are involved in the process of working with students pursuing international internships. OIS helps students understand the logistics and process of working abroad and the CEO works with students to understand the process of receiving academic credit.

  • For students pursuing an independent international internship for academic credit, an Internship Learning Agreement must be completed one month before the end of classes the semester prior to the semester in which the internship will be completed - view the Internship Learning Agreement.
  • As part of the Internship Learning Agreement application process, the Office of International Studies will be contacted to approve the internship location. Sites without approval will not be considered for credit. Students are strongly encouraged to have an in person meeting before submitting the Internship Learning Agreement.
  • Students pursuing an internship as part of their Goucher study abroad program or a non-Goucher study abroad program do not need to complete an Internship Learning Agreement.

Please contact OIS at 410-337-6455 or visit the Office of International Studies for more information.


Take a look at some resources on the Independent International Internship Resources page.

Goucher Intern Fellowship

The CEO offers the Goucher Intern Fellowship to aid students in offsetting expenses for completing internships during the summer. Applications are closed for 2018 awards. New information including deadlines and application information will be posted in April 2019. 

Career Education Office Disclaimer

Goucher College makes no representations or guarantees about positions listed by the Career Education Office (including part-time, full-time, or care giving employment opportunities and internships), either on the website or in the CEO office. Goucher is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of off-campus employment. It is the responsibility of students to research the integrity and safety of the organizations to which they are applying. Students are advised to use caution and common sense when applying for any position with an organization or a private party.

This web site also contains links to other web sites not under the control of the Career Education Office and we are not responsible for the contents of any linked site. The CEO provides these links only as a convenience and assumes assume no liability for acts or omissions by third parties or for any material supplied by them.