Internships for Credit FAQ

Internship for Credit FAQ

The summer after sophomore year is a good time to experience your first internship; this FAQ is meant to help you navigate doing an internship for credit. Be sure to visit the Career Development Center for more information on all kinds of internships.

  • Are there tuition charges for internship credits?
    • Yes. During the academic year, the cost of credit is absorbed into the 19 credits you pay for (unless you are going over 19 credits that semester). In the summer, there is an additional cost as you will get a grade—it’s the equivalent to a summer class.

      Current summer tuition rates.

  • The company is giving me the option of credit or not. What is the best option?
    • It depends on your major, what your credit needs are and if you’ve already taken an internship for credit. Your best bet is to stop by Undergraduate Advising (316 N3) and speak with your academic adviser to determine your best option. 

      That said, many students decide to forego the credit, especially in the summer when it costs additional tuition. The experience is the most valuable part of the internship.

  • How many credits should I register for?
    • We recommend registering for only one credit—especially in the summer when you are charged per credit. However, it can vary individually so best to check with Undergraduate Advising.

  • How do I begin the credit registration process?
    • The Newhouse School has a process for you to register and earn credit for your internship. Students should refer to this guide to navigate the process.

  • Are there any things I should keep in mind when taking an internship for credit?
    • Newhouse requires that all faculty sponsors be current faculty members at Newhouse, even if you are interning abroad. The Undergraduate Advising Office can assist you in identifying Newhouse faculty sponsors.

      Start the process as soon as you can. Once you leave campus, getting signatures on the registration paperwork gets difficult—please start early!