Higher Education
College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Internships provide an important educational experience that complements your academic program.

Students in the doctoral program complete two three-credit internships as part of their program of study. Each internship requires a minimum of 180 hours of work.

To learn about the internship course and its prerequisites see link to HE 885. See the other links to left for more information on internships. Be sure to read the tips on planning internships.

Your Responsibilities

It is your responsibility to locate an appropriate internship site and make arrangements for working within an organization. You may seek help in locating a suitable position from your knowledge area advisor or the Higher Education Program.

You may not use your current job for internship credit. If you move to a new position in your organization or take on special, new responsibilities, you may petition for these to be used for an internship.

Once the internship site has been determined, agreement should be made regarding the work to be completed during the internship experience. Interns will work under the direction of a supervisor/mentor, usually a professional staff member at the internship site who will complete a written evaluation of the individual's performance.

Proposal Approval and Registration

Plans for the internship should be completed during the academic semester prior to beginning the internship. Students write a two-page proposal and submit it to the Director of Academics, Dr. Lori Cohen Scher, along with the Request for Approval of Internship Form, which must be signed by your knowledge area advisor and internship mentor. See link to left for more information on proposals.

Please submit your proposal and Request for Approval of Internship form to the Director of Academics by one the following deadlines:

Deadline for Fall: July 1
Deadline for Spring: November 1
Deadline for Summer: March 1
Once your proposal has been approved, the Director of Academics will send you the five-digit CRN code. You can use this to register for your internship.


Grades for internships are based on two factors:

  • Written evaluation of the mentor (see link to left)
  • Internship portfolio (see link to left)
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