Internships for Academic Credit

Internships for Academic Credit

Internships are an excellent way for students to explore a career area or place of work. They can teach new skills, build up contacts for the future, and are a valuable addition to any resume when students look for a job or admission to a professional or graduate school. In SSHA, part of our educational philosophy is to enable students with highly transferable skills including decision-making, communication, leadership and teamwork. Such skills are only further enhanced by extra-curricular opportunities such as internships. In some cases, students may be eligible to enroll in internships for academic credit.

SSHA collaborates with Career Services in a student-initiated internship program. Students, with the assistance of the Career Services Center, identify their own internships, create an internship proposal, and are responsible for identifying a sponsoring faculty member. The proposal is then forwarded to the Office of the Dean for final approval and assignment of a course number.

Students should note that internships for academic credit are intended to be more than just volunteer hours. Instead, the student should work in conjunction with Career Services, site supervisors and sponsoring faculty member to identify a set of learning objectives and outcomes that directly tie the experience to their academic program.

Internships for credit are a privilege and a responsibility, not a right. Students are encouraged to plan their internship proposals carefully. For information about obtaining an internship, please contact Career Services at careerservices@ucmerced.edu. Specific questions about this program should be addressed to ssha.advising@ucmerced.edu.