Academic Credit For Internships
A&S ONE-CREDIT INTERNSHIPS
To Receive Credit for an Internship in the College of Arts and Sciences:
- Students must provide a brief description of the educational experience in the Intern’s Responsibilities section listed below. Internships must be the equivalent of a practicum in an A&S department.
- Students must commit to at least 50 hours work and secure the approval of the internship supervisor. If the internship relates to a major (Biology, Economics, English, or Sociology), department approval is required prior to dean’s approval.
- Students need to obtain dean’s approval only if the internship is not related to the major.
- Bring the completed form to Dean Akua Sarr at the Academic Advising Center, Stokes Hall S140.
Internships carry one credit and may be graded Pass/Fail only. Only one such credit will be counted toward the 120 required for graduation. Though some departments may maintain listings of internships, the primary source for internships is the Career Center Internship pages.
Though some departments may maintain listings of internships, the primary source for internships is the Career Center Internship pages.
A&S THREE-CREDIT INTERNSHIP SEMINARS
The Departments of Psychology, Sociology and Speech Communications, offer standard internship seminars in which students meet regularly with an instructor to discuss different aspects of their work experience in the context of a set of analytical readings. These departmental internship seminars are designed primarily for majors (Communications is open to senior Communications majors only) in the respective departments, but some may accommodate concentrators in other areas if space is available. The internship placements are ordinarily arranged by the instructor in charge of the course and the number of such placements is always limited. Instructor's permission is ordinarily required for registration.
Departmental Internship Seminars
Department Of Biology
BI461 - Research/Biochemistry II - Professor Richard Monheimer - 21 Higgins
BI463 - Research/Biochemistry II - Professor Richard Monheimer - 321 Higgins
BI465 - Advanced Undergraduate Research - Professor Richard Monheimer - 321 Higgins
Department of Sociology
SC340 - Internship in Sociology - Professor John Williamson - McGuinn Hall 424
SC341 - Internship in Sociology II - Professor John Williamson - McGuinn Hall 424
SC422 - Internship in Criminology - Professor Edward Skeffington - McGuinn Hall 519B
SC423 - Internship in Criminology - Professor Edward Skeffington - McGuinn Hall 519B
Department of Communications
CO589 - Senior Internship Seminar - Professor Christine Caswell
Department of Psychology
PS206 - Independent Study - Professor Karen Rosen - McGuinn Hall 432
School of Nursing
Clinical Practicum - Maureen Eldredge - Cushing Hall
School of Education
Practicum approved by field placement - Fran Loftus - Campion Hall
School of Management
Dean Richard Keeley - Fulton 360
Graduate School of Social Work
SW921 - Field Education - Regina O'Grady-Le Shane - McGuinn 134
SW932 - Field Education - Regina O'Grady-Le Shane - McGuinn 134
A&S / CSOM Readings and Research Courses
An individual internship may be incorporated into a student's academic program through the development of a Readings and Research course. Such courses are most successful when a student develops a clear focus on the aspect of the internship that is of greatest interest, begins to develop a set of readings around the analytical focus of the course, and seeks a faculty member who has a specific interest in that area. Readings and Research courses must be approved by a faculty member (who must take on the course in addition to her or his regular teaching responsibilities), must be approved and sponsored by an academic department, and must include structured reading, regular discussions, and an examination, paper, or other written exercise as the basis for a final grade. A Readings and Research course will ordinarily be a part of a students regular academic program during a fall or spring semester, but in some cases, may be arranged through the Boston College Summer Session. It may focus on either a concurrent internship experience or one that has already been completed (e.g., during the previous summer). Readings and Research courses thus provide the opportunity to structure academic analysis around a professional work experience and, when conscientiously pursued, can be very rewarding, both academically and professionally.
Of course, internships can also provide interesting experiences that form the basis of research papers in more standard course offerings, and frequently organizations which offer internship opportunities that require academic credit will accept a statement that the internship experience will be acknowledged through the development of such a research paper.
In general then, internships can be easily integrated into the Boston College undergraduate program even though they never qualify for academic credit without additional academic work. On the other hand, the question of credit is really a secondary one. Internships should be pursued because they represent valuable educational experiences, whether or not they are formally acknowledged on a transcript.
For more information, contact the individual academic departments
FOR CSOM STUDENTS
Marketing Internship Seminar - contact the Marketing Department.
Readings and Research Courses - contact individual departments within CSOM.
CSOM students who have completed courses through the first semester of sophomore year are eligible to seek one credit internships. Students are responsible for locating the internships but registration for the credit will occur via the Associate Dean's Office.