Some GVSU majors/programs require students to complete an internship for academic credit, while others offer internships as an elective. Be sure to check with your academic department regarding these requirements and specific processes. If your academic department does not require that an internship be completed for credit, you can always complete an internship on your own. Although this is a less-expensive alternative (since you’re not paying for credits), we encourage students to consider receiving credit as it generally provides a more meaningful experience.
All departments have their own prerequisites for registering for internship credit, but here are some general rules of thumb:
Once you have secured an internship, it is up to YOU to speak with your academic department about how to receive credit for the experience. Many departments will not accept retroactive experiences, so be mindful of registration deadlines. To receive internship credit, you will typically have to register for an internship class. Your faculty internship coordinator will provide you with information on how to do this. Depending on the program, you may or may not actually physically meet as a class; however, there will likely be assignments you’ll have to complete throughout the semester. Keep in contact with your faculty internship coordinator to ensure you are meeting all the appropriate deadlines.