Career Center M30

Academic Credit Guidelines

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Qualified, degree-seeking students may enroll in credit-bearing, paid or unpaid work assignments (internships) with a significant academic component under the guidance of an American University instructor.

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Credit Guidelines

To qualify, you must fulfill all prerequisites and should keep the following guidelines in mind. Your department may have more extensive requirements than the general guidelines below:

Undergraduate

  • Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Transfer students who have studied at least one semester at AU (at least 12 credit hours) and have earned a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • A maximum of six internship credit hours may count toward your major and a maximum of 12 internship credit hours may count toward your 120 credit hour degree program.
  • Internships should be 85% substantive (no more than 15% administrative).

Graduate

  • The internship must be identified as a course on the Program of Study.
  • Internships should be 85% substantive (no more than 15% administrative).
  • No more than six internship credit hours may count toward your graduate program. Individual programs may set lower limits.

Credit Table

The table below illustrates the average hours worked weekly per internship credit earned over 14 weeks of a traditional semester or the equivalent for summer or special term classes.

Average Weekly Work Hours Per Number of Internship Credits Earned



 
 
 
 
 













Average Number of Hours Worked
7   10   14   18   22   26  













Number of Internship Credits Earned
1    2    3    4    5    6  














Secure an Internship

For assistance landing an internship, schedule an appointment with your career advisor or utilize online resources, including AU CareerWeb and Resume Builder.

Once you have secured a position, meet with your academic advisor or faculty supervisor to confirm your eligibility, complete internship registration forms, and obtain necessary approvals. Then ensure that the Registrar’s Office receives your paperwork by the registration deadline (9/9/13 fall; 1/27/14 spring; 5/23/14 summer).