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Earning Credit for an Internship

After arranging an internship, students may register to earn credit for their experience. Here are answers to common questions:

Where do I find an internship?

To learn about strategies and resources for finding an internship, please see Finding an Internship.

What makes an experience qualify to earn geography or planning internship credit?

An experience qualifies as an internship if the student's work allows him/her to participate in geographic or planning activities, carried out in a professional setting, under the guidance of a mentor there. In addition, the intern's work should be a meaningful contribution to the agency, organization or company.

For examples of work suitable for a for-credit internship, see the Internship Overview (Adobe Acrobat PDF document).

Do the internship courses count towards graduation requirements?

An undergraduate geography, GIS or urban planning major may earn a total of 12 credits in internship courses. Up to 6 of these credits may count as electives in your major. Additional credits beyond the first 6 will count as general upper-division credit, but won't count towards your major. Check with your advisor to be sure these guidelines apply to your specific program of study.

For graduate students in Planning, up to six credits of PUP 584 may count as an elective towards the 47 credit hours required for graduation (more info). Graduate students in Geography should check with their advisor about how an internship course would fit into their plan of study.

How many hours do I need to work at my internship site in order to earn credit?

Before beginning an internship, you should commit to the total hours you will work. You will earn credit based on total hours worked, as follows:

Credits

Total hours worked

Approximate hours per week

Session C (15-weeks)

Session A or B (7.5 weeks)

Summer Session A or B (6 weeks)

1

45

3

6

7.5

2

90

6

12

15

3

135

9

18

22.5

4

180

12

24

30

5

225

15

30

37.5

6

270

18

36

45

How are the internship classes graded?

For Tempe campus undergraduate students, the internship course grade is based on:

  • A letter of intent, completed work log and mentor evaluation (see Internship Overview for details)

  • Participation in four class sessions and several Blackboard discussions. (Students taking an internship course in the summer participate in several Blackboard discussions and career development exercise as an alternative to the class sessions.)

  • A final paper summarizing your internship experience.

For online undergraduate students, the internship course grade is based on:

  • A letter of intent, completed work log and mentor evaluation (see online students' Internship Overview for details)

  • Participation in several Blackboard discussions and career development exercise.

  • A paper or recorded presentation summarizing your internship experience.

For graduate students, grading is based on:

  • A letter of intent, mentor evaluation and completed work log (see Internship Overview for details)

  • Two short papers dealing with either research related to the internship or reflections and observations on the internship. (For students in the MUEP program, see Guidelines for PUP 584, Internship for more details)


How do I register for the internship classes?

After you’ve found an internship, complete a Letter of Intent (MS Word document), including a Work Plan, and have it signed by your supervisor at your internship site. Send or bring it to Barbara Trapido-Lurie (see contact information below). She will let you know if any additional information is needed, and then will guide the proposal through the process that will allow you to register for GCU, GIS, GPH or PUP 484 or GCU, GIS, GPH or PUP 584.


Who should I contact for more information about geography and planning internships?

Undergraduate students: Make an appointment using our online scheduling systemAfter logging in, select "Academic Advising Options", and then "Internship or other questions." You may also directly contact:

Barbara Trapido-Lurie
Geography and Planning Internship Coordinator
Phone: (480) 965-7449
Email: btl@asu.edu