Academic Internships Office

Course Options

Courses through your Academic Department

For internship credits and courses in your major, check with your academic department for their specific requirements. Most academic departments offer an internship course. It is important to consult with your faculty sponsor. Here are some questions to answer before enrolling in your internship:

  • Do you need to have completed any specific courses?
  • Are you expected to have a minimum number of credits in your major?
  • What is the minimum number of hours on the job that the department requires to qualify for credits?
  • What range of credits does the department allow, and how is the number of credits decided?
  • How many credits does your internship qualify for? How many should you register for?

Courses as General Elective Credits

PLU also offers internships as general elective credits. The PLU course catalog has a list of approved courses.

The AICE 276 and 476 courses are for part-time internships (AICE = Academic Internship Cooperative Education). You may register for up to 8 credits for either of these two courses.

The COOP 276 and 476 courses are for full-time internships (COOP = Cooperative Education). Each of these courses are for 12 credits, minimum for be a full-time student. COOP 477, International Work Experience, offers a 1 to 12 credit range. Please see the Wang Center for more information on international work experiences. The university allows a maximum of 16 credits of Academic Internships toward any undergraduate degree. Graduate students enter into COOP 576; requirements for this course may be different from those for an undergraduate internship.

For AICE and COOP there is no actual "class" to attend. It is a course you enroll in to earn credits. Earning credits is unique to all internship experiences and is determined by the faculty sponsor. You should keep in mind that the Learning Agreement you prepare serves as a syllabus for your internship and should reflect the number of credits in its challenges.

276 Internships

The 276 courses are intended for lower division students or any student who would like to explore a career field before choosing a major field of study. If you are a student wanting an exploratory experience, the position should give you a glimpse of the skills and abilities that are necessary for success in the career field. You should be able to ascertain how successful you would be in pursuing studies related to that field and how happy you would be studying and doing this kind of work.

  • Must be in your stated field of interest
  • Must involve challenging, professionally related responsibilities
  • Are intended for career exploration

476 Internships

The 476 courses are intended for students who have completed courses in their major and are ready to apply the classroom studies to their chosen career field. The internship position for a 476 course should give you an opportunity to use the academic training you are receiving to develop knowledge and skills you will need as a professional. As you are reviewing potential internships, consider the academic program in which you are enrolled and how the concepts you have studied may be applied in the work you may be doing.

  • Must apply academic concepts
  • Must be in a career field related to your academic major or area of interest
  • Must offer challenging, professionally related responsibilities

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Grades

An internship may be taken for a letter grade or as pass/fail. Consider university limitations on pass/fail credits allowed toward graduation, in and outside of major. Each experience must be evaluated on its own merits and the level to which you have achieved your objectives, including the academic quality of your documentation. The higher the number of credits, the more stringent is the documentation and grading criteria. The key is to follow through with expectations stated on the Learning Agreement. If, at the time you are preparing your final documents, you are uncertain about anything, contact your faculty sponsor to clarify any questions you have.

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