Center for Experiential Learning

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 experience.    

Courses Offered:

Academic credit is earned based on academic assignments and the 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.  View the chart that converts work hours to academic credit

GST or Departmental 498 -

  • Upper division undergraduate Arts & Sciences or Departmental credit (Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor to determine the type of credit they would like to earn).
  • Available for 2-12 credits in fall and spring
  • Available for 1-12 in the summer
  • Available for 1-3 in the winter session
  • No class meetings required
  • A faculty sponsor from within the students major department is required 
  • Graded H (Honors), S (Satisfactory), U (Unsatisfactory)
  • Transcripted as INTERNSHIP
  • Undergraduate students can earn up to 15 internship credits towards their degree.  

GST 691 - Graduate level internship credit for graduate students accepted into a degree program at SUNY Oswego. 

  • Graduate elective credit
  • Available for 2-6 credits in fall and spring
  • Available for 2-6 in the summer
  • Available for 2-3 in the winter session
  • No class meetings required
  • A faculty sponsor from within the students major department is required 
  • Graded H (Honors), S (Satisfactory), U (Unsatisfactory)
  • Transcripted as GRADUATE INTERNSHIP

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.
  • Verify the student has completed the required number of work hours
  • Use the academic assignments and site supervisor's evaluation to assign the intern a final grade. 


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 and time sheets to their faculty sponsor.

Minimum Internship Evaluation Requirements (required of all students):

  • Sponsor assigned project of appropriate academic rigor.
  • Time sheets recording all hours worked and signed by the site supervisor.
  • Final Summary Paper following the Center for Experiential Learning guidelines.
  • Site Supervisor Evaluation form provided to the internship site by the Center for Experiential Learning.


 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


Faculty Sponsors are responsible for assigning a final grade to their internship students upon completion of the students' internship requirements.  Final grades are assigned through myoswego with the same deadlines as regular courses. 

A final grade can be assigned to students who have fulfilled all of their academic requirements, have documented the appropriate number of work hours and have been evaluated by their internship site supervisor.  If a faculty sponsor has not received the required materials (assignments, time sheets, site supervisor evaluation) by the grading deadline, the student will need to be assigned an Incomplete grade. 

Incomplete Grades - To change an Incomplete grade to a final grade, faculty sponsors will need to complete and sign a grade change form.  Grade change forms then need to be submitted to our office for the Director's signature.  We will submit the grade change forms to the Registrar's for processing.