Receiving academic credit for internships enables you to set a joint learning agreement with Trinity College, a faculty sponsor, and your employer. Trinity College offers for-credit internships to sophomores, juniors, and seniors during the academic year as well as during the summer.

  • Students typically intern for 8-10 hours per week for a total of about 100-120 hours per semester.
  • Internships can be paid or unpaid.
  • At the end of the semester, we ask the employer to complete a brief written evaluation of the student’s performance.
  • The faculty sponsor confers a pass or fail grade based on student’s evaluation and the student’s written work.

Learn more about:

General Eligibility Requirements
Credit Options
Faculty Sponsor
Internship for Credit Enrollment Form and Steps

General Eligibility Requirements

  • Matriculated undergraduate students.
  • Sophomore or higher.
  • Have not enrolled in more than two full internship credits prior to submitting paperwork (students can pursue any variation of half credit or one credit internships, but cannot exceed a total of two full credits).
  • Students on an F1 visa are required to enroll their internship for credit in order to obtain CPT work authorization.
  • Complete paperwork by deadline. If you have a conflict, please contact Phyllis Mensah.
  • An internship will not be approved for credit if the student is primarily doing basic office or clerical work. The student must be practicing and developing relevant, practical skills.
  • Credit cannot be awarded twice for the SAME internship. Likewise, if you or a direct relative are the owners of the company you are interning with, you will not be eligible to earn credit for the experience.

Credit Options

At Trinity, students are eligible to receive half credit or one credit for an internship experience during the fall, spring, and summer.

  • “Exploratory Internships” are pass/fail and yield half credit.
  • “Academic Internships” are paired with an internship course, and receive A-F letter grades, yielding one credit.
  • Academic Internship Course List:

* Under special conditions, a student may seek approval to do an internship as an “Academic Internship” without a course attached, similar to an independent study*

Faculty Sponsor

Students who choose to earn academic credit for their internship experience must have a faculty sponsor. Students earn the credits for the academic component of their internship, not for the actual work they perform at the company or organization. With a sponsor, a student develops and completes assignments, papers, journals, and/or projects. The instructor then assigns a letter or pass/fail grade for the work, and the student receives credit.

  • Students choose a faculty member with whom they will work with throughout the semester.
  • Together, they identify a couple of goals for the student to achieve during the internship.
  • They also schedule regular meetings and agree on written work to be completed during the semester.

Internship for Credit Enrollment Form and Steps

Before beginning an internship, a student submits an Internship for Credit Experience form by “Requesting an Experience” on Handshake. This is an agreement between the Sponsor, the Student and Field Supervisor.

Career Development has a three-step process for earning internship credit.

Step 1: Secure an internship by working independently or in partnership with a Career Coach.

Step 2: Secure a Faculty Sponsor – Once you have secured a Faculty Sponsor, you will need to schedule a meeting with them to discuss the following:

  • What required written work will you complete for your Faculty Sponsor in fulfillment of the 0.5 credit you will receive?
  • Outline the schedule of check-in meetings you will have with your Faculty Sponsor over the course of your internship.

Step 3: Complete an Internship for Credit form on Handshake-Experience. Click HERE to watch a video tutorial on how to complete a Handshake Experience Form.

  • This form will provide Career Development with details about your internship and assignments you will be completing with your faculty sponsor to earn credit.
  • After you submit your form, it will go through a 3-step approval process; each approver (Career Development, your internship supervisor and your faculty sponsor) will be sent an approval link to electronically approve your Internship Experience form via Handshake. You can keep track of who has approved or still needs to approve your form via Handshake-Experience.
  • Once all three parties have approved your Internship Experience, Career Development will send your name to Registrar and you will be manually enrolled in a Half Credit Exploratory Internship. Please note Summer Tuition and fees for credit.

View Detailed Academic Calendar for submission deadlines. If you have further questions about this process, please feel free to schedule an appointment with one of our Career Development Career Coaches.


Can credit be applied retroactively for internships I have already completed?

No, you cannot receive academic credit for a previously completed internship. Internships for credit include academic work and ongoing meetings with a faculty sponsor, which must be completed concurrent to the internship.

Do I need to earn credit for my internship?

Unless you are an international student, you do not need to earn academic credit. Earning credit incorporates an academic component to the experience, which creates greater opportunity for reflection and academic integration. Some internships may require you to earn academic credit to prove you are the primary beneficiary of the experience. However, whether you receive credit or not, your internship will reflect the same on your résumé, personal statement, or in an interview.