Internship Credit

There are a number of courses a student can take to receive academic credit while participating in an internship.

J697: Internship credit (1 credit)

Declared journalism undergraduate majors may earn credit if their internship meets credit guidelines and they are interning at least 10 hours per week. This course can be taken a maximum of three times, in different semesters; however, the internship and/or responsibilities must be different.

Internship credit guidelines

For an internship to be considered eligible for credit, it must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum confirmed 10 hours per week (or 150 hours per semester)
  • An assigned supervisor who will be accessible to the intern when he/she is working and is responsible for his/her work during the course of the semester (the supervisor cannot be another student!)
  • A job description documenting that at least 60% of the intern’s duties are related to the field of communications. We understand that interns are used for a variety of support services, and that can include such things as running errands, clerical work, etc. However, in the spirit of the learning experience the internship is meant to be, we ask that more than half of what he/she is responsible for be media/communications-related.
  • The credit you receive will be based on an academic component of your internship, most often completing a paper, for your faculty sponsor.

Instructions for completing J697 Internship Registration

  1. The student will first complete the form, J697 Application Form Fall 2017 or J697 Application Form Spring 2018 and then have their internship supervisor sign form.
  2. The form will then be submitted to Pam Garcia-Rivera for approval: please make an appointment through WisCal or stop by drop-in hours.
    • Consider working with a faculty member with whom you’ve taken a class, or with whom you’ve established a good working relationship.
  3. Email or visit the faculty member to schedule an appointment and have them complete the academic plan for the student on the registration form.
  4. Return the completed application to 5115 Vilas Hall.
  5. Once the form has received final approval, SJMC will notify you by email when everything has been approved and you have been given permission to enroll in the class.
  6. During the semester, the student will meet with Pam Garcia-Rivera to check in regarding the internship (this can be in person, email, Skype).

Application Deadlines

  • Fall:  September 22, 2017
  • Spring:  February 2, 2018

Inter-L&S 260

An online course, funded by the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates, that combines your internship with a credit-bearing UW course.  The internships in the Liberal Arts & Sciences course is offered during Fall, Spring & Summer with limited enrollment. For more information: Internship for Credit Course.

Worldwide Internship Program (WIP): IS-320 and IB-365

Students doing an internship abroad can get credit through enrolling in the Worldwide Internship Program (WIP) course. This online course includes internship reflection as well as academic consideration of cross-cultural relations in the global workforce. Two sections are offered of this course, International Studies 320 (Fall, Spring, Summer for 3 credits) and IB-365 (Summer Only for 1 or 3 credits). For more information about internship abroad and getting credit, contact the International Internship Program (IIP) at