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Internship Credit

In fall 2021, the Committee on Academic Priorities approved an extension of the Internship Credit pilot granting .25 academic credit for qualifying internships through summer 2022.


Internship Credit Guidelines

Credit will be degree-bearing and will be noted as Pass/Fail on a student’s transcript under course code IDP 117. Credit will appear on a student’s transcript retroactively for the summer term, once all program requirements have been met, with no incursion of tuition costs.

Students are not required to use credit for summer internships. This option has been implemented to support students whose internship site requires that interns receive credit, and for students who would like to have the experience noted on their transcript.

  • Current First-Years, Sophomores and Juniors.
  • Students whose internship site requires that interns receive credit
  • Students who want to document an internship experience officially on their Smith transcript
  • Students may apply for credit no more than 3 times, capping the total amount of credit a student can receive at 0.75.
  • Upon approval for Internship Credit you will be registered for course IDP 117; this is the course code that will appear on your transcript after all internship requirements have been met.
  • There is no tuition cost for Internship Credit/IDP 117, and no class to attend. 
  • Students on leave are eligible for Internship Credit, but must provide documentation; please have your Class Dean email internshipcredit@smith.edu to confirm that you are or plan to be enrolled during the semester following your credit-bearing internship.

Application will open in February 2022

  • Must take place over the summer
  • Internships may be paid or unpaid
  • Students must work for a minimum of 100 hours
    • Note: Credit-bearing Praxis-funded internships require a minimum of 220 hours and 5.5 weeks
  • Must relate to major, minor or concentration
    • Note: CPT internships must relate to major
  • Must offer work assignments that are needed by the workplace and that help the student meet learning objectives
  • Must allow significant career exploration and learning opportunities
  • Must be supervised by a permanent, paid staff member with relevant expertise, and who meets with the intern a minimum of once a week
  • While some clerical work may take place, it should be in combination with more substantive, professional assignments, with the balance of the time being on the latter.
  • Students can choose to receive credit only, or combine credit with Praxis funding
  • International students must complete the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) application.
  • The deadline to apply for Internship Credit was June 3, 2022. The 2022 application is now closed.
  • Approved students must complete journal entries during their internship, to be used to craft a Final Reflective Essay. This online form includes an upload space for your essay, which will be submitted to your faculty adviser to determine pass/fail. See our Guide to Writing Your Final Reflective Essay.
  • Your supervisor must submit a Verification of Internship Completion
  • Once all requirements have been met, credit will appear on a student’s transcript retroactively under course code IDP 117. Credit will be degree-bearing and will be noted as Pass/Fail on a student’s transcript.
  • There is no tuition cost for Internship Credit/IDP 117, and no class to attend.
  • If students register for Internship Credit and do not complete the internship & requirements, they will receive a failing grade for the internship, which will be noted on their transcript.