COVID-19 IMPACT ON INTERNSHIPS-FOR-CREDIT; MARCH 24 UPDATE
In consideration of the health and safety of all of our students, along with current travel restrictions between the United States and several countries, UW-Madison has suspended all international academic programs for Summer 2020, which includes international internships. International internships will not be approved for credit this summer, unless an international student is completing an internship in their home country. Domestic students should make arrangements to complete an internship-for-credit in the United States during the summer term instead.
Additionally, given the current climate related to COVID-19, if you already have an internship lined up for Summer 2020, we would encourage you to reach out to your internship employer to verify that they are continuing their summer internship program as planned or to discuss options for remote work. Approval for a remote internship will most often be granted for situations where an on-site or in-person internship was adjusted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will be required to provide additional information to have remote internships approved.
As part of the School of Human Ecology’s Career Readiness Curriculum, each student is required to complete one, for-credit internship related to their major prior to graduation.
As a SoHE student, an internship is a requirement of your undergraduate curriculum. Students must have at least a junior standing (54+ credits) in order to pursue a 3-credit internship and must complete a minimum of 150 hours at the internship site. To be eligible, an internship must be educational in nature, directly relate to a student’s major and career goals, and be approved by the Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Office. Please read the full criteria (link to downloadable PDF) prior to submitting the appropriate Internship Verification Form (below).
Internship Criteria & Requirements Video
Please note that for some SoHE majors, prerequisite coursework is required in addition to the above internship-for-credit criteria, including:
- Interior Architecture: DS 322
- Personal Finance: CNSR SCI 275
- Retailing & Consumer Behavior: CNSR SCI 257
Internship Verification Process
To pursue internship credit, SoHE students must get their internship formally approved by the Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Office.
Internship Process & Approval Video
- Summer 2020 Verification Form – Due by June 8, 2020
You will be notified within 5-10 business days via email on your approval status. If approved, you will be emailed with permission to add the concurrent internship course for your major to your schedule on or after your enrollment appointment time.
Expectations of Internship Supervisors
The Student Academic Affairs and Career Development Office in the School of Human Ecology has developed a list of expectations to outline what constitutes a valuable internship experience. If you wish to pursue academic credit for your internship, please share our Expectations of Internship Supervisors (downloadable PDF) document with your supervisor and obtain their signature, either electronically or as a hard copy. A signed copy is required for upload when completing the appropriate verification form linked above. Internships will not be considered for approval without this signed document.
If an internship site requires that an Educational Affiliation Agreement be set in place prior to the start of the internship, students should contact SoHE’s advising offices soon as possible to begin the process.
Past Internship Sites by Major
Check out this map showing the great range of places that SoHE students had the opportunity to intern over the past year. Each major has its own icon, and each icon on the map represents a SoHE student internship. Some employers had multiple students interning with them throughout the year. Click on an icon to learn more about the internship site and employer. And visit wisc.joinhandshake.com to explore additional internships in your area!
Summer Internship Scholarships
SoHE is proud to offer up to 40 summer scholarships ranging in amount from $1000-$3500 each summer to students engaging in unpaid and/or out-of-state internships for credit in the summer.
To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Student(s) must be enrolled in one of the six School of Human Ecology majors
- Student(s) must have an offer for an unpaid and/or out-of-state summer internship prior to applying for the scholarship
- Student(s) must have at least junior standing (54+ credits completed) at the time the internship begins
- Student(s) must enroll in and complete the internship course within their major while engaged in the internship once they are given approval to do so
- The internship must occur primarily in the months of June-August and provide a minimum of 150 on-site hours
- The internship must reflect and enhance academic knowledge related to student’s major and discipline and meet the minimum criteria to be considered for credit
- Student must not have already completed an internship-for-credit or otherwise satisfied the internship requirement within SoHE
If you’re considering an internship abroad to satisfy the requirement, please note that UW-Madison has suspended all international academic programs for Summer 2020, which includes international internships. International internships will not be approved for credit this summer, unless an international student is working in their home country. Please make arrangements to complete a domestic internship-for-credit during the summer term instead.
If you would like to pursue an international internship for Fall 2020 or beyond, contact the International Internship Program (IIP) to research potential internship opportunities outside of the country. We strongly encourage meeting with an IIP advisor before accepting an internship position abroad.