Internship Courses

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Internships at UAlbany: Learning, Redefined

 

Earning Credit 

UAlbany students can obtain academic credit for internships by enrolling in one of four University-wide courses: UUNI 288, UUNI 289, UUNI 290, and UUNI 390.  

U UNI 288 and U UNI 289 are conducted online and include required academic assignments that focus on learning objectives, reflection and evaluation of the internship experience. Since all course assignments may be submitted online, students can earn credit for internships anywhere in the world. 

Course enrollment is limited to situations approved by the Center for Experiential Education and/or the course instructor. Students will be required to participate in an online internship orientation before registering for the course.  

Students may not earn more than 6 credit hours for U UNI 288 and U UNI 289 combined. Equivalent credit for prior experience is not available, due to the academic component of the internship course.

U UNI 290 and U UNI 390 requires students to find appropriate faculty sponsorship on their own, and then apply to the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee for approval of the desired credit amount.

 

U UNI 288 Applied Learning Internship (1 credit)
  • 50+ on-site internship hours over the semester, in addition to an online course with assignments. 
     

  • Minimum GPA 2.0 and at least sophomore standing, S/U graded; Permission of CEE or instructor required to register. 
     

  • Read more about this course in the Undergraduate Bulletin

U UNI 289 Applied Learning Advanced Internship (3 credits)
  • 150+ on-site internship hours over the semester, in addition to an online course with assignments.
     

  • Minimum GPA 2.0 and at least sophomore standing, S/U graded; Permission of CEE or instructor required to register. 
     

  • Read more about this course in the Undergraduate Bulletin

U UNI 290 Internships for Sophomores (1-4; as approved)
  • Contingent on the approval of a University at Albany full-time member of the instructional staff willing to supervise the study and evaluate on-site reports of the student's progress. Part-time faculty may supervise a U UNI 290 internship with the approval of their department chair.

  • Open only to sophomores who have an overall grade point average of 2.00 or higher.

  • Prerequisite(s): approval of the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. Application deadlines: May 1st for summer; August 1st for fall; December 1st for spring. S/U graded.

  • Read more about this course in the Undergraduate Bulletin

U UNI 390 Internships for Juniors and Seniors (1–15; as approved)
  • Contingent on the approval of a University at Albany full-time member of the instructional staff willing to supervise the study and evaluate on-site reports of the student's progress. Part-time faculty may supervise a U UNI 390 internship with the approval of their department chair.

  • U UNI 390 internships are usually taken for 1-9 credits. Under extraordinary circumstances, a student may petition the committee for a maximum of 15 credits.

  • Internships are open only to qualified juniors and seniors who have an overall grade point average of 2.00 or higher.

  •  Prerequisite(s): approval of the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. Application deadlines: May 1st for summer; August 1st for fall; December 1st for spring. S/U graded.

  • Read more about this course in the Undergraduate Bulletin

Many academic departments and programs also offer internship courses. Some programs require internships, clinical placements, and/or practicums.

See a list of additional internship courses offered by UAlbany's nine schools and colleges for undergraduate and graduate students.

Students can also opt to participate in internships without earning academic credit. Often those opportunities are paid but some are volunteer experiences at places like non-profit organizations.

Registering for U UNI 288 or 289 Internship Course
Step 1: Choose your course

U UNI 288 (1 credit): 50 hours of internship service and required academic assignments completed online through Blackboard. 

U UNI 289 (3 credits): 150 hours of internship service and required academic assignments completed online through Blackboard. 

Read more about these courses in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Step 2: Secure your internship

Students are expected to secure an internship on their own. There are many resources available to you: 

  • Search on the University’s job and internship board, Handshake.
     

  • Visit the Office of Career and Professional Development, in person or online. 
     

  • Check with your academic department to see if they maintain a list of internships. 
     

  • Use your network. Ask faculty, family and friends if they know of any opportunities.
     

  • Meet with the career services staff within your school or college.  
     

  • Talk to your academic advisor about planning for and finding an internship. 

Step 3: Contact the CEE

Email the course administrator at [email protected] to indicate your interest in the course. You must have a 2.0 GPA or higher, a minimum of sophomore standing and an internship for the semester in which you plan to take the U UUNI course.  

The CEE can provide resources if you need help finding or securing an internship, or if you have any questions about your eligibility. 

The instructor will also give you the link to the Internship Proposal/Intake Form, Internship Orientation Manual and the Internship Orientation Quiz to complete.

Step 4: Complete and submit the necessary forms

Complete the Internship Proposal/Intake Form by contacting the organization where you would like to serve as an intern. 

Read the Internship Orientation Manual and complete the Internship Orientation Quiz

Review the Internship One Sheet and ensure you have completed all necessary steps to apply.

After completing the Internship Orientation quiz and the Intake Form, an email will be sent notifying the course administrator.  If your internship is approved, you will be given a permission number to register for the class.

Questions or issues with any of the links above can be sent to [email protected].  

 

Step 5: Register for the course

Register for the class on MyUAlbany using your permission number. 

Contact your instructor, internship supervisor and the Center for Experiential Education if you have any questions or concerns. 

Registering for U UNI 290 or 390 Internship Course
Step 1: Choose your course

U UNI 290 (1-4; as approved): Open to sophomore only.   Requires a completed application to be sent to the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee.

U UNI 390 (1–15; as approved): Open to juniors and seniors only.  Requires a completed application to be sent to the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee.

45 hours of instruction and supplementary work are required for each academic credit awarded. For example, a 3-credit internship must involve a total of at least 135 hours of on-site work and academic work, 6 credits at least 270 hours, and so forth.

Read more about these courses in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Step 2: Secure your internship

The internship should represent a bridge between the student's academic work and the student's intended profession. The particular internship should be seen as a coherent part of the student's academic program, not an isolated episode. Students are expected to secure an internship on their own. There are many resources available to you: 

  • Search on the University’s job and internship board, Handshake.
     

  • Visit the Office of Career and Professional Development, in person or online. 
     

  • Check with your academic department to see if they maintain a list of internships. 
     

  • Use your network. Ask faculty, family and friends if they know of any opportunities.
     

  • Meet with the career services staff within your school or college.  
     

  • Talk to your academic advisor about planning for and finding an internship. 

Step 3: Find appropriate faculty sponsorship

There is a strong academic component to U UNI 290 and U UNI 390. The student's internship must be sponsored by a member of the full-time teaching faculty whose expertise applies to the work in which the student will engage as an intern. If the proposed academic sponsor is not a member of the full-time tenure track teaching faculty, a statement must be provided, detailing how this individual’s expertise applies to the work in which the student will engage as an intern. 

Specific readings and written assignments in the academic component are to be worked out with the faculty sponsor, and supervised and evaluated by the designated faculty member.  The Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies retains the final authority to approve internship projects and supervisors.

Step 4: Complete and submit your application

Once you have secured your internship and faculty sponsor, you can no begin to complete your application to the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee.  You will need either the application for U UNI 290 or the application for U UNI 390.  A completed application includes:

  • Application packet including a transcript release form.

  • A proposal in which they explain in detail, how the internship satisfies each of the concerns above, specifically focusing on the relevance of the following:

    • Relevance
    • Responsibilities
    • Supervision
    • Faculty Sponsor
    • Academic component
    • Credits
      • The committee's willingness to approve an internship, and its decisions about the amount of academic credit to be awarded, depend heavily on this proposal. It is therefore essential that the proposal be written carefully, thoughtfully, and completely.

  • Students should provide a document from the host agency or organization, on letterhead stationery, specifying what the student's responsibilities will be, indicating the identity, title and telephone number of the supervisor and indicating that the student has obtained the internship.

  • Students should provide a supporting letter from the faculty sponsor (who must be a member of the full-time teaching staff). This letter should clearly identify the nature of the academic component, including a description of required written work (daily journals, position papers, etc.) and reading assignments (texts, journal articles, etc.). The faculty sponsor should explicitly endorse the student's request for a given credit load.

Deadlines:

Spring Semester internship deadline - December 1st.
Summer Semester internship deadline - May 1st.
Fall Semester internship deadline - August 1st.

 

Step 5: Register for the course

If your application has been approved by the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee, you will receive an approval email from the Center for Experiential Education that contains your permission number and steps to register.  It's important you follow the steps in this email, as it contains specific information regarding your registration. Contact the Center for Experiential Education if you have any questions or troubles registering. 

Note for International Students

All international students interested in doing an internship should meet with International Student and Scholar Services to receive Curricular Practical Training authorization before beginning an internship.