GVSU Career Center

For Credit vs. Not For Credit Internships

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:

  • You have a declared major or minor within the department
  • You have at least 60 credit hours
  • You are in good academic standing (although some departments have a specific GPA requirement)
  • You gain permission from the department (most internship classes require a permit to register)

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 retro-active 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.

View GVSU faculty internship coordinators and Career Center contacts broken down by academic department

Page last modified August 27, 2012