Internships and Interdisciplinary Studies
The University offers undergraduates several ways to explore internship opportunities and interdisciplinary studies that cannot be undertaken through regular coursework or through existing offerings of the colleges and schools.
Internships are intended to give advanced students an opportunity to learn how to effectively apply their university studies to work in relevant professional settings. Internships thus differ from independent study projects in that the major component of an internship involves the student actively taking part in the work of an off-campus agency or organization.
Internships are open only to qualified sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have an overall grade point average of 2.00 or higher. Many academic departments and schools offer internships involving experiences related to the academic focus of the unit. On the university level, special formalized internships are available, as describe below. Deadlines for applications and proposals for each semester are very specific and are not flexible. All internships must be pre-approved. Because of the academic component of internships, under no circumstances will students be permitted to earn credit retroactively for a previous experience.
In addition to existing majors and minors offered by the University’s departments, schools and programs, a “Student-Initiated Interdisciplinary Major” and a “Student-Initiated Interdisciplinary Minor”options are available through the Undergraduate Academic Council’s Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. These option are designed to allow highly motivated students to meet special educational goals not available from the many existing majors and minors at the University.