Academic Credit

You have the option to add an academic credit component to the 6 or 10 week internship programs (academic credit is not available for Custom Date Internships). Academic credit is issued by our school of record, Chapman University, which has a long history of commitment to international education.  If you select this option, in addition to the hours that you will work at the internship site, you will have standard written assignments to complete. Credit is issued as a letter grade.

These assignments will help guide you throughout your internship experience by helping you establish realistic expectations and set and track goals so that you are maximizing your experience. Your internship site supervisor will also be required to submit a mid-term and final evaluation so that we can track your performance.

Custom date internship placements do not carry credit from Chapman University; however, you can often arrange credit with your home university. You will want to speak with advisors at your home university about the processes and assessments they will require.

In order to qualify for the Academic Credit Option, you must meet the following criteria:

  • All applicants must either be full-time students who have completed at least 45 credit hours, or have recently graduated from a bachelor degree program at a U.S. or Canadian university.
  • All students will need to confirm credit transfer with their home institution before applying.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required to participate; however, some placements may have more stringent eligibility requirements.

School of Record: Chapman University

Chapman University is an established university located in Orange, California, with a strong mission in developing global citizens. Chapman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. Learn more about Chapman University.

Learning Objectives

On successful completion of a 6 or 10-Week Internship for Academic Credit, students will:

  • be able to reflect and assess the nature and characteristics of an international internship;
  • be knowledgeable about the skills and observation offered and completed;
  • be able to reflect upon the experiences from an academic perspective;
  • be able to reflect upon the cultural experiences from a philosophical perspective;

Student Assessments

All students completing an Internship placement for credit through Chapman University are required to submit three assignments (six written submissions) in order to complete the program and be awarded credit. All documents will be submitted by email to the Academic Supervisor:

  1. A 1,000-word Pre-Departure Paper regarding expectations and objectives for the internship.
  2. Four Placement Activity Plans determining student objectives and related observational tasks are to be completed in conjunction with the host-site supervisor and must be submitted every two weeks.
  3. A 2,500-word Student Analysis and Reflection of the entire learning experience is submitted at the end of the internship.

In addition, a Mid-Placement and End-of Placement Evaluation will be completed by the host-site supervisor. This report is meant to give an overall assessment and professional evaluation of the student intern based on the intern’s professional development. All interns seeking academic credit for their program must complete the academic assessment module, as there is no option to participate in the program without this component.

The Value of Your Academic Assessment

Below is an excerpt from one of our recent intern's academic assessments.  His comments really show the value of the academic component in helping you get the most out of the program:

"The international internship, specifically one done with an academic component, provides the student with an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned. ‘Study abroad programs take students beyond the familiar and the experience is turned into deep learning through a reflective assessment of the lessons learned.’ (Vandeveer and Menefee). This statement emphasizes the importance of the reflective assessment of the intern’s experience. Had I not been asked to keep a journal, provide reports of my activities and do an analysis of my internship, I would have missed some of the benefits that this internship has provided me. In essence the reflection that resulted from the academic component of my internship made me aware of the skills that I had gained. Because of this increased awareness of the skills I’ve gained, I am now better able to relate the benefits of my internship during an interview and better prepared to use the benefits in the workplace."

(Reference: Vandeveer, R & Menefee, ML 2006, “Study Abroad, International Internship and Experiential Learning: A World-Class Adventure in Learning”, Decision Sciences Institute, Southwest Region – 2006 Conference Proceedings. URL: Viewed 24 Nov. 2010.) 


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