Emory College Summer Independent Internship Credit Option

independentOne pathway to pursue an academic internship is the OISP Independent Internship option: Emory College Summer Independent Internship courses INTERN 496: Experiential Links to the Major amd INTERN 497: Advanced Practicum for the Major. These options allow for students to: 

  • Design their own internship experience (utilize Emory Career Center and/or other networks to find internship)
  • Obtain approval letter to provide to employer that documents student is earning academic credit for internship
  • Have academic internship credit denoted on the Emory College transcript
  • Earn 1-credit towards total hours needed to graduate 
  • Internship must take place between May - August, 2019. Internships for international students on an F-1 visa must take place during Emory's Summer term (May 14, 2019-August 9, 2019) in order to qualify for CPT. 

INTERN 496: Click here to apply now 

INTERN 497: Click here to apply now

To be eligible for INTERN 496: Experiential Links to the Major, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled in Emory College of Arts and Sciences: Business school students or students from all other schools are not eligible to participate. Students who have graduated are not eligible to participate.
  • Have declared a major by the time of application.
  • Be in good academic standing: Students on academic probation or honor code probation are not permitted to participate.
  • Secure an internship within the United States: Exceptions are made for international students returning to their home country for internship experiences.
  • Be required by the employer to be enrolled in academic credit while completing the internship
  • Meet minimum internship hours: 40 hours/week for three weeks, 20 hours/week for six weeks, or an equivalent level of time commitment.
  • Define how the internship experience is integral part of a student’s academic experience at Emory: Students should identify clear goals of what they want to achieve through the internship. Students should seek internships that are related to their short-term and/or long-term career goals. Research experience at universities DOES NOT qualify as internships for this purpose.
  • For international students only:
    • Whether your internship is paid or unpaid, you should work with your ISSS advisor to obtain work authorization in advance, if eligible.
    • You must have a declared major by the time of application 
  • For business school students:
    • if you are entering the Business School in Fall 2019, then you should enroll in BUS 496 instead of INTERN 496. Please contact Anna Gibbons for more information on BUS 496 enrollments.

To be eligibe for INTERN 497: Advanced Practicum for the Major, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Meet all the criteria listed above for INTERN 496
  • Have previously enrolled in INTERN 496 during a previous summer term

Students are enrolled in INTERN 496 or INTERN 497 will recieve 1 credit.  The course descriptions are as follows:

INTERN 496: Experiential Links to the Major

 Students will have the opportunity to integrate knowledge derived from their academic studies with the experiences gained from real-world work settings. A pre-internship workshop and post-internship reflection assignment will help students think critically about the connections between their major field of study and career goals.  

INTERN 497: Advanced Practicum to the Major

The Advanced Practicum provides the student with an opportunity to further explore career interests while applying knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to a professional work setting. Pre-and post-internship assignments are constructed to help students think intentionally about their internship experience, career goals, and professional development.

Pre-requisite: INTERN 496

Process to receive credit:

  • Student pays a $50 processing fee total (non-refundable)
  • Tuition for 1-credit is assessed.  Tuition waiver is applied.  No additional cost to the student. Fee waivers will be applied to tuition costs reflected on OPUS by mid-May. 
  • 1-hour on-campus workshop that takes place in late April/early May
  • Evaluation submitted by internship supervisor that verifies total hours completed
  • Course grade is S/U.  Course credit will appear on the transcript.  One credit hour will count towards hours needed to graduate.
  • Research internship opportunities: Utilize Emory Career Center resources.
  • Attend Intern 101 Session: For questions about the process, consider attending an INTERN 101 sessions.  Sessions held October-April (TBA).
  • Please reach out to OISP.internships@emory.edu for advising requirements.
  • Once your summer internship is confirmed, submit the online application:  Application cycle is open Early February 2019.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Click here to start application.
  • Submit processing fee: $50 fee is required to process your application.  The fee is submitted online (via credit card) at the time of application.  No refunds are provided.
  • Receive internship approval: Once your application is complete, it takes approximately 10 business days for final approval.  A letter of approval will be submitted to your employer and copied to the student.
  • Verify course enrollment: OISP will enroll you in INTERN 496 or INTERN 497 for 1-credit.  Enrollment takes place in early May. 
  • Review OPUS account: OISP will post an award amount to cover the tuition costs of your course.  You will see the tuition charge and the award amount posted in OPUS (and thus, no additional charges will be required by the student other than the $50 processing fee paid at the time of application submission).  If you are enrolling in additional summer courses (Maymester, on-campus, online or study abroad), OISP will adjust your account so appropriate tuition and fees are assessed.  Contact OISP if you have questions regarding your account charges.
  • Arrange housing and other logistics: Students are responsible for finding their own housing.  For students in the Atlanta-area, on-campus housing is available in summer term.
  • Attend 1-hour workshop which will be held early May 2019 
  • Complete internship: Minimum hours required = 120 (for example: 40 hours/week for three weeks or 20 hours/week for six weeks)
  • Obtain employer evaluation from your supervisor (no later than August 3rd): All employers must submit an evaluation at the completion of the internship.  Students will directly upload the evaluation to the online checklist.  Grades should be posted at the end of the summer, see calendar for guidelines. If OISP does not receive an evaluation prior to expressed deadline, a grade of Unsatisfactory will be assigned to a student's transcript.
  • Review grade in OPUS: OISP will post S/U grade to your course for summer 2019. 

Academic Course Registration

Students enrolled in INTERN 496 or INTERN 497 for 1-credit must take the course for a grade of satisfactory/unsatisfactory.  Students will complete a required 120-hour internship with their selected employer and their employer at the end of the course must verify their hours. This course will be posted on the student’s Emory transcript and will apply to their overall graduation requirement.

Emory Summer School (on-campus) and Emory College Online

Students are able to take additional courses while enrolled in INTERN 496 or INTERN 497.  They may enroll in Emory Summer School (on-campus or online) courses that are conducted prior, during or after their internship has concluded. 

OPUS Registration

Once your application has been approved, The Office of International and Summer Programs will register you for your course.

Cost Policy

There is a $50.00 non-refundable processing fee for INTERN 496 and INTERN 497. Your OPUS account will show the 1-credit course and tuition, and then a tuition scholarship will be applied to cover the cost of tuition.
Tuition: $1,581 per credit hour for summer 2019. 
Full tuition scholarship provided for all students enrolled in INTERN 496 or INTERN 497.

Mandatory Student Fees for summer 2019
Students will have the following fees added to their OPUS account. ALL fees are fully waived for students participating in internships outside of metro Atlanta.
Athletic Fee: $55
Student Health Fee: $80

Withdrawal Policy

Should you decide not to pursue your internship you must notify OISP immediately at oisp.internships@emory.edu.

Honor Code and Code of Conduct

Students will abide by the Emory College Honor Code, which governs all academic work, and the Undergraduate Code of Conduct, which governs conduct requirements. Any violation of either Code will result in actions that may include a written warning or dismissal from the course at any time.

Intern 101 Session:

For questions about the process, consider attending an Intern 101 Session. 

Sessions will be held in Candler Library, Suite 200:

Mondays at 11:00AM, Wednesdays at 10AM and 3:15PM and Fridays at 3:15PM.

2019 Mandatory Workshop:

The mandatory workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 1 at 5:00PM in PAIS room 290.


Office of International and Summer Programs (OISP)

Emory University
Candler Library, Suite 200
550 Candler Library
Atlanta, GA 30322
Tel: 404-727-2240
Email: oisp.internships@emory.edu