Internship for Credit Process
We’d love to hear about the internship you’ve secured or to help you find one. Make an appointment or stop in during Open Advising hours (Monday-Friday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm) to meet with Career Development staff. You have the option to earn 4-16 academic credits towards graduation with your internship, and you’ll begin the process by meeting with us.
Meet with Career Center staff
Our staff will work with you throughout the internship. The Career Center staff will:
- Assist you in finding an internship, if you don’t already have one
- Verify your academic eligibility
- Review the syllabus: Like any course, the syllabus includes important information on the internship requirements. This includes the requirements for your professional development assignments, evaluations and more.
Secure an Internship
We encourage you to meet with us to get started on your internship search. We will coach you on how to use your network and personal resources to identify internship opportunities. We offer a list of local internship sites that frequently select St. Mary’s students. All of those and more are posted in HireSMCM. Let us know where you apply, and we’ll be happy to contact the hiring manager personally on your behalf. To get started, stop by during our walk-in hours 1:00 – 3:00 Monday – Friday or schedule an appointment.
Review Credit-Bearing Internship requirements in the Internship Syllabus.
This syllabus includes an overview of the process of obtaining academic credit for an internship through the Career Development Center. It includes information on eligibility, registration, and requirements. All documents referenced in the syllabus are available electronically in HireSMCM.
Verify Academic Eligibility
- You must have completed 28 credits at the start of your internship
- If you have earned 28-55 credits, your overall GPA must be at least 3.2
- If you’ve earned 56 credits or more the GPA requirement is 2.5
- If you fail to meet these requirements you may submit an appeal to the Academic Policy Committee
Note: If you choose to complete an internship for academic credit during the summer you will be charged for the number of credits earned.
Find a Faculty Sponsor
The Faculty Sponsor will work with you throughout the internship. The Faculty Sponsor will:
- Generally be a member of the department in which you are seeking academic credit and/or have some familiarity with the field of the internship
- Set requirements for your academic project
- Set your academic learning outcomes
- Assign a “Credit”/ “No Credit” grade at the conclusion of the internship
Contact Department Chair
Contact the Chair of the department in which you wish to receive credit. Discuss the opportunity and confirm that it is eligible for credit in the department.
Complete the Learning Agreement
- Submit your internship learning agreement in HireSMCM
- The Career Center staff will contact the Department Chair, the Faculty Sponsor, and the Site Supervisor with the Learning Agreement to obtain online signatures
- Monitor your email account. If you receive questions from Career Development Center staff, Faculty Sponsor, Department Chair and/or Site Supervisor, respond and resubmit your learning agreement in a timely manner (2-3 business days)
- After all signatures have been received, the Career Center will process the registration, please allow up to two weeks for the internship to show in the portal.
Registering for CORE 350 (ELAW)
- If you are using a credit-bearing internship to satisfy the ELAW requirement, you must also register for CORE 350. Please reference the Core Curriculum Website for more information.
- If you are interested in using an internship experience to fulfill your ELAW requirement WITHOUT registering for internship credit, you must fill out the All in one registration and petition form found on the Core Curriculum Website.
Please direct any questions regarding satisfying and registering for ELAW requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.