There is no doubt that gaining internship experience is crucial to your development as a professional. Through an internship, you have the opportunity to work with a real company in your field of interest. You will work alongside industry professionals, and learn from people who have built successful careers for themselves. By taking on research projects, you will be able to broaden your knowledge of the field and see firsthand the operations of a real company.
Along with gaining pivotal skills and career experience, internships also support personal development and growth. Learning how to be responsible for work deadlines, how to hold yourself accountable, and how to properly manage your time & productivity are valuable life skills you can obtain through an in-person or remote internship.
Another great aspect of internship experience is the potential for your university to offer academic credit. Well, what does this exactly mean? Some universities support their students’ career development outside of the classroom, and thus, want to incentivize students to seek internship opportunities. How do they do this? By offering university credit for completed internship hours.
Gain academic credit while you work
Similar to how you gain credit for completing a class, completing an internship for credit is usually based on your hours worked. For example, a 20 hour per week internship for three months may qualify for 6 university credits at your institution – comparable to two classes in most cases. Essentially, completing an internship for credit means you won’t have to take as many classes down the road, and sometimes this can really help free up your schedule!
Let’s use Paul as an example. Paul has been a full-time student for two years and has decided to take an internship during his summer holiday. He will be working a full-time internship (40 hours per week) for two months, which equates to 320 total hours worked. Paul’s university is allowing him to earn 6 academic credits for his summer internship, which means he now needs to take 2 fewer classes to complete his university degree!
By completing a summer internship for credit, this frees up a ton of space for Paul to enroll in only 4 classes in his fall semester, as opposed to his usual 6 classes. With this lighter class schedule, Paul decides to take another part-time job to continue to gain experience and skills.
Just like Paul, instead of loading up your semester with all classes, ask your university if you can complete an internship for credit!
Earn Credit from your Home University
Virtual Internships partners with many institutions worldwide to support credit for our programs. Through this option, we quantify credit for our internship, and interns can obtain credit from their home university based on internship hours completed.
Many universities also have additional requirements aside from solely basing their credits on hours completed. Such requirements can include supervisor evaluations, end of internship reflection essay, weekly review essays, final project, and more. We recommend students first reach out to their university to inquire about their offering of academic credit for internship hours. Many universities offer this option, but many also do not support taking an internship for credit.
In the event that your university will not support this, we highly recommend looking into Virtual Internships’ opportunity for Academic credit. The below paragraph explains this great option for earning credit for your internship!
Virtual Internships’ School of Record – Saint Peter’s University
If your university does not offer credits for completing an internship, another option is obtaining credit through our School of Record.
Through our sister company, CRCC Asia, Virtual Internships offers students the opportunity to earn guaranteed credit for their internship. Our School of Record, Saint Peter’s University located in New Jersey (USA), can offer a US transcript that awards 3, 6, or 9 academic credits for the completion of our Virtual Internship programs.
Students undergoing this credit process will be enrolled in CRCC-295: CRCC Asia Internship Course. This is an elective-type credit course that awards credit based on the successful completion of our Global Internship Curriculum, Career Bridge, verified proof of hours worked, completion of the reflection essay, and an evaluation from your host company’s supervisor.
To ensure you are eligible for transfer credits from Saint Peter’s University, you must be an enrolled student or a recent graduate from a bachelor’s degree program. You must also provide an unofficial transcript from your home university.
Saint Peter’s University Credit Hours and Options
There are three options to select from when it comes to earning credit for your Virtual Internship.
- 3 Credits – 120 direct hours of internship worked. The price is $300 USD.
- 6 Credits – 240 direct hours of internship worked. The price is $550 USD.
- 9 Credits – 360 direct hours of internship worked. The price is $750 USD.
Whether you are gaining credit from your home institution or through our School of Record, completing an internship for credit is something you should absolutely consider!
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