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 credit.  This 1-credit option provides an opportunity for students to earn academic credit in a field related to their course of study.  This option enables students to:

  • Design their own internship experience (utilize Emory Career Center and/or other networks to find internship)
  • Pay $50 processing fee total
  • Tuition for 1-credit is assessed.  Tuition waiver is applied.  No additional cost to the student.
  • Enroll in INTERN 496 (1 credit) during summer term
  • Obtain approval letter to provide to employer that documents student is earning academic credit for internship
  • For international students only: Faciliate Curriculum Practical Training (CPT) work authorization through ISSS
  • Have academic internship credit denoted on the Emory College transcript
  • Earn 1-credit towards total hours needed to graduate

To be eligible for this course, 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.
  • Be in good academic standing: Students on academic 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.
  • Meet minimum internship hours: 40 hours/week for three weeks, 20 hours/week for six weeks, or an equivalent level of time commitment.
  • For international students in F-1 status, obtain CPT authorization: Students must coordinate with ISSS to obtain Curricular Practical Training authorization before beginning an off-campus internship for academic credit. CPT is requested in ISSS Link. 
  • 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.

Students are enrolled in INTERN 496 (1-credit).  This course consists of the following:

  • $50 processing fee total (non-refundable)
  • Tuition for 1-credit is assessed.  Tuition waiver is applied.  No additional cost to the student.
  • 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 (optional): For questions about the process, consider attending an INTERN 101 sessions.  Sessions held October-April (TBA).
  • Once your summer internship is confirmed, submit the online application:  Application cycle is open January 5-May 23.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.
  • 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 (1-credit).  Enrollment takes place in early May. 
  • Review OPUS account: OISP will post an award amount to cover the tuition costs of INTERN 496 (1-credit).  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 in early May: The workshop will be offered on campus in Atlanta prior to summer term.  More details TBA.
  • Complete internship: Minimum hours required 40 hours/week for three weeks or 20 hours/week for six weeks
  • Obtain employer evaluation from your supervisor (no later than August 2nd): 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 this date, a grade of Unsatisfactory will be assigned to a student's transcript.
  • Review grade in OPUS: OISP will post S/U grade to your INTERN 496 course by August 2.
More information coming soon.

Intern 101 Session:

For questions about the process, consider attending an Intern 101 Session. 
Sessions held October-April (TBA).

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