Experience-Based Education

Internship Information for Faculty

What is an internship?   

Courses Offered

The Faculty Sponsor's Role

Academic Assignments



What is an Internship?

An academic internship is an upper division learning experience which builds upon what has been learned in the classroom setting.  The goal of an internship is to offer students an opportunity to apply their theoretical background and skills to an experiential situation.  Although the intern is expected to make a significant contribution to the workplace, college level learning must be the central focus of all internships.  Student interns will develop a Learning Agreement and complete it with their faculty sponsor.  The learning agreement will include the type of credit to be earned, information on the placement, the duties of the internship, the learning objectives of the student as well as the academic assignments to be completed.

Students work with both a college faculty sponsor and the supervisor at the internship.  The faculty sponsor and site supervisor have two distinctly separate sets of responsibilities, and therefore, one person MAY NOT assume both roles.  The faculty sponsor is responsible for evaluating the academic component of the internship and assigning the final grade, while the site supervisor evaluates the interns' performance at the internship site.  Internships can be unpaid or paid experiences.


Courses Offered:

GST or Departmental 498 - No class meetings required. A faculty sponsor from within the students major department is required.  Graded H (Honors), S (Satisfactory), U (Unsatisfactory).

GST 303 -  Career Awareness is an online course with a career focused curriculum and academic assignmentsThe faculty sponsor is an EBE staff member who is the instructor of the online course.  This course is letter graded A - E.

GST 398 -  ONLY for students who have used all six of their GST 303 credits.  A faculty sponsor from within the students major department is required. Graded H (Honors), S (Satisfactory), U (Unsatisfactory).

GST 691 - Graduate level internship credit for graduate students accepted into a degree program at SUNY Oswego.  A faculty sponsor from within the students major department is required. Graded H (Honors), S (Satisfactory), U (Unsatisfactory).

Students should attend an Internship Information Session offered through EBE.

Credits are earned based on academic assignments and hours worked at the internship site.  Each 40 hours of work spent at the internship site earns one credit.  For example a 3 credit internship requires 120 hours of work throughout the semester.

A student can earn up to 15 internship (398/498) and 6 Career Awareness (GST 303) credits towards their degree.  Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor to determine the type of credit they would like to earn.


The Faculty Sponsor's Role

  • Meet with the student intern to complete the learning agreement and assist in the development of realistic and relevant learning objectives. 
  • Determine the Academic Assignments to be completed by the student.  The number of assignments must correlate with the number of credits to be earned.  Each student is responsible for completing the minimum internship requirements as established below.  Additional assignments can be required and are determined by the faculty sponsor based on the number of credits being earned.
  • Review the students academic assignments and provide feedback as needed.
  • Use the academic assignments and site supervisor's evaluation to assign the intern a final grade.  A grade request will be sent by EBE to the faculty sponsor at the end of each semester.


Academic Assignments:

Assignments should be submitted throughout the semester and exact topics and due dates must be assigned.  Please note that students are required to submit a copy of all assignments to their faculty sponsor.

Minimum Internship Evaluation Requirements (required of all students):

  • 8-10 page midterm research paper with 6-8 primary sources or academically equivalent project. 
  • Time sheets recording all hours worked and signed by the site supervisor.
  • Final Summary Paper following the EBE guidelines.
  • Site supervisors evaluation form provided by EBE.


 Additional Assignments are required based on total number of credits to be earned:

  • Detailed Daily Logs or Reflective Journals
  • Scholarly Topic Papers
  • Work Samples
  • Professional Portfolio
  • Interviews with Two Professionals in the Field
  • Oral Reports to Classes or Groups


  • For 1-4 credits, ONE additional assignment
  • For 5-7 credits, TWO additional assignments
  • For 8-10 credits, THREE additional assignments
  • For 11-12 credits, FOUR additional assignments




Internship Workshop Schedule

Printable Description of Internship Courses

View the chart that converts work hours to academic credit

View academic assignments required for 398/498 level internships