The career planning process can seem overwhelming at times, particularly when you don’t know where or how to begin. Fortunately, the Center for Career and Professional Success can help you discover job search resources that are specific to your career goals and that offer best practices for connecting with employers.

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ASC Department Internship Courses

Unsure about whether your department offers internship course credit? Check out the document below for a complete list of Arts and Sciences departments that offer internships courses.

College of Arts and Sciences Departmental Internship Courses

Policies for awarding academic credit for internships vary across departments. Some academic departments will accept the enrollment of students from any major into their internship courses, within the guidelines set by their faculty. Other department’s award independent study credit for successful completion of an internship because they don’t have internship courses.

To earn academic credit, you will need to complete assignments specified by the department and work for a minimum number of hours at the internship site. Students register and pay tuition for these credit hours in the same manner as other classroom learning experiences.

When seeking credit for an internship, you should plan to:

  • Provide the department contact with a copy of the internship description.
  • Contact the department about the possibility of obtaining credit BEFORE you begin the internship (the general guideline is to request credit at least two weeks before the term starts).

A word of caution: Internship postings published by companies sometimes include statements like, "school credit is available." You need to know that the decision about whether or not a particular internship is worthy of academic credit resides with the university’s academic departments – not the companies that recruit students.  If you are denied enrollment in a department internship course, you might be able to obtain approval to enroll in one of the college-level internship courses.

Internship Courses Open to all ASC Majors

You are encouraged to first check with an academic department to see if the particular internship you are considering meets their requirements for obtaining academic credit. If course credit is not available, you can enroll in either ARTSSCI 1191 or ARTSSCI 3191.02 as long as the internship has first been approved by the Center for Career and Professional Success and you have a must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

The deadline for enrollment in these courses is the Friday of the 4th week of each semester. Students enrolling after the 2nd Friday of each term will be subject to a late add fee. After the 4th Friday of each semester, students will not be permitted to enroll. Because of the time required to review enrollment requests, and to ensure enrollment without penalty, you should submit your enrollment request form no later than the Monday before a semester begins.

How do ARTSSCI 1191 and ARTSSCI 3191.02 differ from one another?

The main difference between ARTSSCI 1191 and ARTSSCI 3191.02 is the credits offered via the courses. The 1191 course is a zero-credit course that provides a transcript notation for your internship. This course is a good option if the internship site requires you to be enrolled during your internship.  The 3191.02 course can be taken for 1 or 2 credit hours based on how many hours you’ll be working at your internship site, and it includes career exploration assignments. Both courses are taught 100% online via Carmen.

Enrollment request form for ARTSSCI 1191

For enrollment during Autumn Semester 2018, complete the form:

ARTSSCI1191-SP19 Request Form

NOTE: forms are fillable PDFs, please download and save to desktop prior to completing. Please do not submit handwritten forms.  Because your internship supervisor must complete a portion of the enrollment form, you’ll need to allow time for obtaining their input.  We recommend allowing 7-10 days for an organization to complete their portion of the enrollment form.

Enrollment request form for ARTSSCI 3191.02

For enrollment during Autumn Semester 2018, complete the form:
ARTSSCI3191-SP19 Enrollment Request

NOTE: forms are fillable PDFs, please download and save to desktop prior to completing. Please do not submit handwritten forms.  Because your internship supervisor must complete a portion of the enrollment form, you’ll need to allow time for obtaining their input. We recommend allowing 7-10 days for an organization to complete their portion of the enrollment form.

What happens after I submit my enrollment request form?

After an enrollment request form is submitted, Career Success will contact your internship site supervisor to verify the information you provided on the enrollment request form.  Once the form is confirmed as accurate, Career Success will directly enroll you into the course and email you about your enrollment status.

Will the Career Success staff arrange an internship for me as part of the enrollment process?

Students must find an internship before enrolling.  An internship will NOT be arranged for students as part of this course.  Students should begin searching for an internship during the middle portion of the term prior to their intended enrolling.  For example, if you plan to enroll in the course for Spring Semester you will need to begin your internship search during the middle portion of Autumn Semester. 

Internship opportunities geared toward Arts and Sciences majors are found in Handshake. 

Note for international students

Before enrolling in one of the ARTSSCI internship courses an international student must have a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) form on file with the Office of International Affairs (OIA).  International students can learn more about CPT here.

I discovered a third ARTSSCI internship course, 3191.01. Who is eligible to enroll in that course?

ARTSSCI 3191.01 is much different than Career Success’s other two internship courses. The 3191.01 course can be taken for 1-12 credit hours based on the amount of hours you’ll be working at your internship site.  For this course, you will need to find a faculty member to direct the academic component of your internship experience.  The faculty member would be tasked with creating assignments for you and determining your grade for the course.  View the ARTSSCI 3191.01 Learning Agreement for details on how the coursework is structured. 

Career Success Courses

Looking for a course that will help you with your career planning?  If so, consider enrolling in ARTSSCI 1900 to explore how your interests, values, and skills relate to career fields. You will also learn how to research employers, network effectively, prepare effective resumes and cover letters, and interview with confidence. The course is graded S/U, provides one (1) hour of elective credit, and is offered autumn and spring semesters.

Another option is EDU PAES 2270.02, a course that will help you explore connections between your major and career fields as well as improve your job search skills. The class is graded S/U and is worth 2 credit hours.

Showcasing Your Coursework

Self-promotion is a key job search skill, and in today’s world you often need to go beyond crafting a strong resume to gain the attention of employers. Your resume is a great starting point for describing how your work experiences, involvement outside of the classroom, and coursework have contributed to your skill sets. However, because of space limitations, you will likely need to set up a portfolio that allows you to provide a more thorough account of your skills. Think of your resume as a promotional document that will prompt employers to invest time in reviewing a more descriptive online portfolio. A good tactic is to create profiles on Handshake and LinkedIn, and include links on your resume to your profiles. Within your profiles you can list your skills as well as describe how you gained those skills through courses and other experiences. But, don’t stop there! Reach out to faculty, current and former supervisors, and any others who are familiar with your skill sets, with the request that they endorse the skills on your LinkedIn profile. According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers in 2017, 91.1% of the employers responding indicated that they use LinkedIn as part of their recruiting process.

Recognize that you have multiple tools at your disposal to promote how you are ready for the workforce or a post-baccalaureate program!

Creating Your Handshake Profile

An Overview of What LinkedIn Can do for Students

If you are completing a major in the arts or have multiple work samples to share with prospective employers, you’ll probably want to also set up an online portfolio that allows you to upload those samples for employers to view.  Examples of portfolio sites include and

Request a Presentation

The staff of the College of Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success are available to facilitate on-campus presentations for Arts and Sciences academic departments and student groups. To request a presentation, please carefully review the following policies and procedures and complete the form below. Please contact if you have any questions.

Presentation Requirements and Policies
Requests for general presentations MUST be made at least 10 business days before your first date preference. Requests for tailored presentation topics must be made at least 15 business days before your first date preference.

  • A minimum of 10 participants must attend; an RSVP list is required 2 business days in advance
  • All workshops are to take place on campus during the following hours:
           Monday – Thursday 10:00am-8:00pm
           Friday – 10:00am-4:00pm
           Saturday and Sunday – Generally not available; exceptions can be made pending staff availability with advance notice and a guarantee of 50 participants
  • All event costs must be covered by your organization (e.g. catering, room reservation); there is no presenter fee.
  • Your group must consist of at least 50% Arts and Sciences undergraduate majors

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