Internships for Credit

The Internships for Credit Practicum (HUMA/SOSC 02980) provides academic credit for students whose internship employers require that they receive course credit. These courses are offered year-round and appear on students’ transcripts in the Summer Quarter. 

Does Your Employer Require Credit?

Only students whose employers require credit should register for the internship practicum. Credit being “required” is defined as the student being unable to do the internship unless they are receiving credit. A registration fee of $150 is required and will be added to the College bill of all students enrolled.

Credit from the internship practicum cannot be used to graduate early or fulfill graduation requirements.

Contact Lena Robledo, Internships for Credit Coordinator, at aprobledo@uchicago.edu if you have questions about whether you need credit for your internship.

How Can You Receive Credit for Your Internship? 

  • If your internship application requires you to show proof of eligibility for credit to apply, you may request an Eligibility Letter. This letter does not register you for the Internship Practicum.

  • If you have already secured the internship and receiving credit is necessary to take up the position, fill out the Internships for Credit registration form. This form will register you for the Internship Practicum course. (Note that while this form is required for registration, it does not guarantee it. A Career Advancement staff member will reply to the form to confirm your enrollment.)

  • Please ask your employer to fill out the online Employer Form or email the Employer Form to your employer.

  • Once the employer returns the form to Career Advancement, the student will be enrolled in the appropriate practicum. Students should not register for the course themselves; the coordinator will forward the registrar a list of names to be enrolled.

  • Upon request, the coordinator can provide a letter certifying enrollment in the Internships for Credit Practicum for the employer.

Please Note:

  • The Internships for Credit Practicum is only available to currently enrolled undergraduate students in the College.

  • First year students who wish to receive credit for an internship during the academic year must first receive the approval of their College adviser. Requests for registration for academic-year internships which do not come through an adviser will not be accepted by Career Advancement.

  • Though the course may be taken year-round, the internship practicum can only appear on student transcripts in the summer. Students may only take the internship practicum three times during their College career (and in most cases only once per calendar year) in the summer following their first, second, and third years.

  • If their internship is related to academic study, students may also have the option to design a “Reading and Research” course with a faculty member as a way to receive credit. This option is open to all College students. Please speak with your College adviser if you wish to explore this option.

  • If you plan to take other courses during the Summer Quarter in which you will be registered, please contact Career Advancement before registering.

  • The University of Chicago will not take on the liability of students and Career Advancement staff members will not sign the “Hold Harmless” agreements of employers. If your employer is requiring one of these agreements, contact Lena Robledo at aprobledo@uchicago.edu.

Notes for Fourth-Year Students & Alumni 

The internship practicum can only appear on student transcripts in the summer. Fourth year students graduating in June should contact Lena Robledo at aprobledo@uchicago.edu if they wish to register for the practicum in their fourth year.

Notes for International Students 

  • All international students should discuss their plans with staff at the Office of International Affairs before making any decisions that could impact their visa status.

  • This course will not enable international students to use their CPT.

Letters of Enrollment 

  • Letters certifying enrollment in the College are not provided by Career Advancement; they are provided by the Office of the Registrar.

  • Current students can submit a request for enrollment verification in my.uchicago.edu under “Academic Information.”