Internships for Credit

Introduction

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. 

Given the continued uncertainty related to COVID-19, the SoHE Career Development Team is constantly monitoring the situation and its impact on the job market, and are willing to exercise flexibility with the requirements. We will consider remote/virtual internships and externships for credit, and may consider internships that do not meet the 150 hours requirement. Please reach out to Internship Coordinator Danielle Croegaert (danielle.croegaert@wisc.edu) or your career advisor with questions as you are considering internship opportunities. 

Criteria

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).

Criteria for Remote Internships

The School of Human Ecology’s Student Academic Affairs and Career Development office will consider remote internships-for-credit in light of the current landscape. Remote internship approvals will most often be for situations where an on-site or in-person internship was adjusted to be a remote/virtual work experience as a result of state and federal mandates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The SAA&CD office may also approve remote internship experiences in other circumstances, on a case-by-case basis.

Prerequisite Coursework

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.

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.

Searching for an Internship

Check out our Job Search Resources webpage for guidance on searching for internship opportunities.

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

Additional scholarship information (downloadable PDF)

Summer-Internship-Scholarship-Overview

Internships Abroad

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.