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.

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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

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.

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Why would I want to register for an internship course for academic credit?

  • 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 internship to satisfy this requirement.
  • 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.

Why would I want to register for a zero-credits internship course?

A zero-credits internship course will enable students to:

  • Establish a learning agreement with an internship site
  • Have their experience noted on their academic transcript
  • Receive guidance and support from the Career Education Office during their internship
  • Obtain performance feedback from their site supervisor
  • Reflect on their internship experience

A zero-credits internship course will not:

  • Satisfy any major, minor, or study abroad requirements
  • Need a faculty internship sponsor or require academic work or tuition fees

For the student to register for a zero-credits internship course, they must:

  • Meet the pre-requisites of the internship course as listed in the catalogue
  • Secure approval of their academic advisor, via the ILA
  • Secure approval of their site supervisor, via the ILA

To successfully complete a zero-credits internship course, students must:

  • Work a minimum of 30 hours at the internship site
  • Submit the Student Reflection on Internship Experience to the CEO

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Registering for an Internship Course for Academic Credit

Course Credit & Hour Requirements

  • Internship courses will now be offered for 0-4 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.
  • A zero-credits internship course requires 30 hours of work at the internship site.

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

What are the steps to Register for an internship course?

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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. Ensure eligibility to receive credit by meeting with your Academic Advisor.
  2. Secure an internship and discuss responsibilities, expectations, and supervision plans with an internship Site Supervisor.
  3. 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.
  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).

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.

When are the deadlines to submit an ILA?

August 30, 2019 – Early Fall deadline to submit an ILA and work due to Faculty Internship Sponsor for Summer internships (important date for the ILA)

October 18, 2019 – Final Fall deadline to submit an ILA

December 6, 2019 – Winter Deadline to submit an ILA & work due to Faculty Internship Sponsor for Fall internships (important date for ILA)

January 31, 2020 – Early Spring Deadline to submit an ILA

March 27, 2020 – Final Spring deadline to submit an ILA

May 7, 2020 – Work due to Faculty Internship Sponsor for Spring internships (important date for ILA)

June 5, 2020 – Early Summer Deadline to submit an ILA

July 10, 2020 – Final Summer Deadline to submit an ILA

What forms do I need to register for an internship course?

Is there a fee to register for an internship course?

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.


Goucher College makes no representations or guarantees about positions listed by the Career Education Office (including part-time or full-time 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 content of any linked site. The CEO provides these links only as a convenience and assumes no liability for acts or omissions by third parties or for any material supplied by them.