Internships

 

Every semester and summer session, students pair classroom learning with internship experiences to connect their studies with real-world scenarios. GW's location in Washington, D.C., offers students the unique opportunity to witness national policymaking up close, as well as provides access to a wide array of nonprofits, arts organizations, laboratories and private sector businesses.

Matthew Jiang stands in front of the Executive Office of the Mayor building where he had an internship

 

 

 


Internship Courses

Students participating in an internship can register for courses that allow them to earn academic credit for the experience. While some internship providers require registration in a such a course, students are not required to earn academic credit for the enrollment.

 

 
 

For Academic Credit

CCAS 2154 is offered for academic credit (one to three credits) during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Many students can also get credit for internships through their majors in the fall and spring semesters.

 
 

For Zero Credit Hours

Students who must be registered for a course, as required by their internship provider, but do not want academic credit can register for CCAS 2154 during the summer for zero credit hours.

 


For Faculty and Internship Supervisors

Each semester has unique evaluation documents. All paperwork should be submitted to the CCAS Undergraduate Studies Office or emailed to [email protected].

Fall 2020

All paperwork must be submitted by Monday, December 14, 2020, at 5 p.m.

  • Internship Supervisor Evaluation Form (PDF)
  • Faculty Sponsor Evaluation (Grade Form) (PDF)

 


Internship FAQ

Eligibility

As a first year there are many things that you will need to adjust to as a college student. While we regret you are not eligible to register for the internship course, we encourage you to focus on navigating the transition with new coursework, schedules and responsibilities before pursuing an internship for credit.

As an undergraduate student there are many components that are important as part of your undergraduate experience and your coursework should be at the forefront of that experience. It is important for you to focus on your education, improve your grades, and once that is attained, we encourage you to apply for the internship.

This requirement is in reference to an Incomplete grade still pending, not a grade that has been updated to reflect that you finished the coursework for the class. Trying to complete an Incomplete class while attending a full course load and pursuing an internship can be quite a lot to handle. We encourage students to finish any Incomplete grades from previous semesters prior to pursuing an internship so that you can appropriately focus on the experience and your current coursework and do well.

We have a deadline as the end of the fourth week of classes so that there is ample time in the semester to work with a faculty sponsor, create and write the research paper required for the course. Therefore, we are unable to accept an application after the required deadline.

Faculty Sponsor

We fully acknowledge that finding a full-time faculty member to sponsor you throughout this internship experience may be challenging. Remember that the faculty sponsor doesn’t necessarily need expertise that directly relates to your internship or the research you are interested in pursuing. They just need to have the willingness to support you throughout this journey (e.g., help you find related readings that support your topic, work with you on a schedule for submitting drafts of your paper, grade your work submitted for the course). Once you find that person, you’re good to go!

We require a full-time faculty member to sponsor you to ensure that they will be on campus throughout your internship and research experience. However, if the faculty member isn’t full-time status but has been with the University for at least three years, then we would consider allowing him/her to sponsor you.

Registration & Payment

Typically we recommend students who are working 15 hours per week or more to only be registered for 12 credit hours of academic work during the semester. However, only you know how much of a workload you can handle so do what is most comfortable to you.

Students are allowed to register for this class for a total of 6 credit hours towards the undergraduate degree, so as long as you wouldn’t be going over that maximum amount of credit hours, you can register for the internship course again.

Yes. Usually if you register for CCAS 2154 in the fall and spring semester, the fee is included in your tuition (up to 18 credit hours), however when you register for CCAS 2154 in the summer, you have to pay per credit hour set by the university.

If you register for CCAS 2154 in the summer for zero credits, there is no tuition charge, but there is a $35 processing fee.

Earning Credit

Please provide the information of your employer and what is required for the letter in an email to [email protected] as well as the deadline for the letter and we will write a verification letter for you. Please allow three to five business days for us to provide you with a verification letter.

Some internship sites require students to earn credit for their time while others do not require it. If your internship organization does not require you to earn credit for the experience, then you are not required to register for CCAS 2154. You can just as easily talk about your experiences on a resume or cover letter when applying to jobs, other internships, and even graduate school.

While you may have had an amazing internship experience last semester, unfortunately we cannot award retroactive credit for that internship. We want students to be learning and researching about their chosen topic concurrently to maximize the amount of learning from both the personal and academic experiences.