How has COVID-19 impacted internships?

The impact of COVID-19 varies by industry, organization, and location. Unfortunately, many internships have been impacted. However, many organizations are hiring for remote or virtual internships and this has now opened up new opportunities for students who could not hace travelled to the location of the organization.

Can I register for credit for a virtual internship?

In most cases, yes! We are seeing a growth in virtual or remote internship opportunities and in many cases these are still incredible learning opportunities. Please meet with Elli Pippin, Assistant Director for Career & Experiential Learning, to discuss the particular internship you are interested in.

My internship was cancelled due to COVID-19, what now?

Connect with Elli Pippin, Assistant Director for Career & Experiential Learning to discuss other internship opportunities or alternative work opportunities. There has been a growth in short-term projects, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to gain experience, and we can still identify meaningful opportunities for you.

What if I do not feel safe at my internship site?

While we require every internship site to abide by all local, state and federal health guidelines, we understand that there are many factors that impact health risks. If you ever do not feel safe, contact your supervisor or your human resources team to determine if alternative work arrangements can be made. You should also connect with your faculty sponsor and the office of Alumni & Student Connections at

Can I receive credit for an internship I have done in the past?

No. You can only receive credit for an internship completed during the same term you expect to receive credit. For example, you may not complete a summer internship and receive credit in the fall semester.

If I do an internship for credit over the summer, am I still required to pay tuition?

Yes. Summer tuition is issued by credit hour. Visit the summer session website for more information.

Is there a deadline to register?

You must fully complete the registration process by the last day to add or a late fee will be assessed. This is usually the 10th day of the fall and spring semesters.

How do internships impact financial aid?

Submit your paperwork on time so that you are registered for the correct number of credits for financial aid purposes.

  • Paid internships could impact your eligibility for financial aid next year since it counts towards taxable income.
  • If you have Work Study as a part of your award and find a Work Study position in your career field, you may qualify to take it as an internship!

Connect with your Student Financial Services Specialist for more detailed information.

Are all internships unpaid?

While we encourage employers to post paid internships, it depends on the industry and the intern’s role. Most non-profit organizations and social services agencies can only offer unpaid internships. Keep in mind, paid internships are more competitive. Schedule an appointment with a career advisor to ensure you are the top candidate.

If you have been offered a summer internship which is unpaid, you may be eligible to receive funding for your internship through the Krise Endowed Internship Fund or the Long Science, Technology and Society Endowed Internship Fund.

What if things change at my internship?

Contact your faculty sponsor to find new objectives that you can meet. Submit these in writing to your faculty sponsor and to and your information will be updated. It is your responsibility to get approval from your faculty sponsor!

I’m not learning from my internship. How can I ask for more to do?

Start by discussing your Learning Agreement objectives with your supervisor and see if you can change your role to find ways improve the experience. If that doesn’t work, reach out to your faculty sponsor and! In collaboration, we can personally walk you through some strategies to improve the situation.

What if I have a disability?

Examine the internship duties and responsibilities. Can you accomplish them with reasonable accommodations? If you have specific questions about disability disclosure, please contact Disability Support Services for guidance.

I am being treated badly at my internship! What do I do?

If you are uncomfortable in your position, let someone know. You should visit with your supervisor first unless it is your supervisor who is causing your discomfort and you feel unsafe to confront them. Let your faculty sponsor or know as soon as possible.

What if I was hurt at my internship?

Report your injury to your employer right away! The employer’s insurance usually cover any accident typical to the internship workplace. Visit with your employer to determine what coverage they offer interns. If you have a paid position, you will be covered under Washington State Labor and Industries. Some volunteer/unpaid positions are also listed under the employer’s L&I. Sometimes an employer will request proof of insurance from the student. Your regular insurance company can provide the documentation the employer requires and usually involves a simple phone call request to your insurance agent’s office.

I would like to receive credit for an internship abroad. What do I do?

Start early by scheduling a meeting with Elli Pippin, Assistant Director for Career & Experiential Learning, to review the process of receiving credit for an internship academic internship. There are a number of forms required for internships abroad, and students must submit all forms before starting their internship. Elli is available to assist students throughout the process and to answer questions.

What is a Micro-Internship?

Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional experiences that typically consist of 10 to 50 hours of work total. These experiences are project-based with clear deliverables and a set deadline to complete the work. They are a great way to build skills, make connections, and explore organizations and opportunities!