Step 1: Secure an Internship
Students are responsible for securing their own internship before they enroll in a course. Here are some suggestions to help you get started:
- Talk to your academic advisor about planning for and finding an internship.
Contact the Minerva Center at [email protected] for guidance.
Search on the University’s job and internship board, Handshake.
Meet with your school or college’s career services staff.
Ask your academic department if they know of any relevant opportunities.
Use your network. Ask faculty, family and friends if they know of any open positions.
Step 2: Enroll in a University-wide Internship Course
Undergraduate UAlbany students can earn academic credit for internship by enrolling in one of three available University-wide internship courses. Read more about these courses in the Undergraduate Bulletin.
Many academic departments also offer internship courses. Some programs require internships, clinical placements, and/or practicums.
Students can also opt to participate in internships without earning academic credit.
Note: All international students interested in completing an internship should meet with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to receive Curricular Practical Training authorization before beginning an internship.
UUNI 288 (1 to 6 Credits)
UUNI 288 is an online course with variable credits, allowing students to earn 1 to 6 credits for internships anywhere in the world.
The course is open to students with at least sophomore standing and at least a 2.0 overall GPA.
Students must obtain approval from the Minerva Center and/or the course instructor and complete an online internship orientation to enroll in UUNI 288.
Students must complete 50 on-site internship hours per credit — which means a student seeking to earn 4 credits must complete 200 internship hours over the course of the semester. Students determine their desired credit hours when they enroll.
Students must also complete required academic assignments, which focus on the learning objectives, reflection and evaluation involved in an internship experience. The course has Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading.
Students may not earn more than 6 credits for UUNI 288 during their undergraduate academic career. Equivalent credit for prior experience is not available, due to the academic component of the internship course.
Once you’ve secured an internship, please complete these steps to enroll in UUNI 288:
Complete the Internship Proposal & Intake Form. Be as specific as possible and include accurate contact information for your proposed internship’s site supervisor.
If the course administrator approves your internship after reviewing your submission, you will receive a permission number and instructions for registering for UUNI 288.
UUNI 290 (1 to 4 Credits) or UUNI 390 (1 to 15 Credits)
Students enrolled in UUNI 290 or UUNI 390 are supervised by a UAlbany instructor, who ensures their internship is related to their academic program and future goals.
UUNI 290 is open to students with at least sophomore standing, while UUNI 390 is open to juniors and seniors. Both courses require students to have at least a 2.0 overall GPA.