Experience-Based Education

Registration has ended for Fall - Spring registration information will be available in early November

Experience-Based Education offers academic credit for internships, there are multiple course offerings to choose from and the registration deadline is September 11.  Please read and complete all of the sections below:

Course Offerings

Course Specifics

Learning Agreements


Course Offerings

GST 303 is open to all students in good academic standing and is available for 2-3 credits.  This is the course to register for if you will be a teaching assistant.  Students enroll and particpate in the GST 303 online course while they complete their internship work hours.  Students can earn a maximum of 6 GST 303 credits towards their degree.

GST 498 or Departmental 498 level internship credit programs are open to Juniors and Seniors with a 2.5 GPA and are available for 2-12 credits.  Students work directly with a faculty sponsor (faculty sponsor list) within their major to determine the academic component of their internship.  Students can earn a total of 15 internship credits towards their degree.

GST 691 credit is available for graduate students accepted into a SUNY Oswego Graduate Degree Program. 

See how internship work hours convert to credit

Course Specifics

GST 303

GST or Dept. 498 (Dept credit is within your major, for example:   BUS 498, JLM 498, etc.)

GST 691

Prerequisites:  2.0 GPA 

Open to all students and for teaching assistants

Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA & Junior/Senior Standing Required. 

For on or off campus internships

Prerequisites: Acceptance into a SUNY Oswego Graduate Degree Program
Upper Division Arts & Sciences Elective Upper Division All College Elective or Departmental Credit (credit within your major) Graduate Elective Credit
Academic Component:  Online Career Awareness Course Academic Component:  Work directly with a faculty sponsor within your major to determine academic assignments Academic Component:  Same as 498
Available for 2-3 Credits Available for 2-12 credits Available for 2-6 Credits
Grading Mode: Letter Graded

Shows on Transcript as "GST 303 Career Awareness"

Grading Mode:  Awarded a Pass/Fail Grade that does not calculate into your GPA.  Grade assigned is H-Honors, S-Satisfactory, or U-Unsatisfactory

Shows on Transcript as "Internship"

Same as 498

Shows on Transcript as "Graduate Internship"

If adding one of our courses will result in a course overload, your advisor will need to follow the Registrar's instructions and give you overload approval before you can register.

The registration deadline for fall internship credit is September 11!

Learning Agreements

All interns will develop a learning agreement (learning agreeements are available in step 5 below).    The learning agreement is a required component of the internship program and must be submitted to Experience-Based Education by September 11. Your learning agreement will include the following information:

-Your internship site information
-The type of credit and number of credits you will earn
-Your position responsibilities at your internship site
-Your learning objectives (what you hope to learn from your experience)
-The required approval signatures

Learning Agreements must be turned in to Experience-Based Education by September 11!


1.  Secure your internship and get accurate information on your internship site (Company name, address, phone, supervisor's name and email).

2.  Consult with your academic advisor to determine the credit type and number of credits you would like to earn.  GST 303 students will register themselves with the information provided in Step 4.

3.  Determine who your faculty sponsor will be:

  • For 498 and 691, secure a faculty sponsor from within your major who will sponsor your internship.  Faculty sponsors will determine the academic assignments you will be required to complete and assign a final grade for your internship experience.   Click here for a list of faculty sponsors.
  • For GST 303, the instructor of the course will serve as your faculty sponsor.

4.  Required!  Click here to confirm your internship and preregister for credit -   EBE uses this form to electronically collect the details of your internship and also to preregister students who need to register early for financial aid reasons.  ONLY COMPLETE THIS FORM ONCE!  If you need to make changes to your information after you have submitted the form, please email or call our office.

5.  Required!  Select and print the learning agreement that applies to your internship.  Step by step instructions will print along with your agreement:

  • GST 303 Learning Agreement
  • Print a Standard Learning Agreement with instructions  - for 498 & 691 credit
  • Health & Wellness Learning Agreement
  • Walt Disney World Interns - Print a Walt Disney World Learning Agreement
  • Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Internship - 2 credit program with faculty mentor Dr. Jim MacKenzie
  • Oswego Hospital Internship - 3 credit program with faculty mentor Dr. Jim MacKenzie

6.  Submit your completed learning agreement with ALL signatures to EBE by the September 11 deadline.

Please stop by the office if you need assistance with the internship process.