Receiving Internship Credit

Internship Application Deadlines:


Application Submission Period

Internship must begin on or after

Internship must end by

Summer 2019

April 1 - May 1, 2019

May 21,2019

August 8,2019

Fall 2019




Spring 2019

January 17 by NOON

January 17

May 4

To submit an application, the application must be signed, scanned and emailed. Email for questions. 

**George Mason University does not offer credit for internships in the state of Maryland, with some exceptions regarding federal agencies. 

Why complete an internship?

  • Gain networking opportunities
  • Expand knowledge and talents by applying classroom theories to tackle contemporary challenges
  • Work with a faculty mentor to analyze significant experiences during work placement
  • Explore career opportunities in different fields to discover your own strengths and preferences. 

The School of Integrative Studies (SIS) can assist all Mason students to receive course credit for an internship. Integrative studies majors who successfully complete an internship can count the course credit as Experiential Learning. Non-SIS students will need to check with their home departments to determine how internship credits can be applied toward their degree.

The purpose of an internship is to seek new challenges and experiences. Students should establish specific learning objectives and identify those organizations that provide structured opportunities for achieving their goals. While many Mason students are doing meaningful, important work with good organizations, the expectations in an established employer-employee relationship are different from the spirit and requirements of an internship.  As such, students are not able to use their current job to earn internship credit.

How are credits determined?

Each semester, students can earn between one and six credits of experiential learning credits through internships. The internship will be designated as either INTS 390 or INTS 490.

Students earn 1-credit for every 45 hours worked at the internship site. For a 2-credit internship, students are required to work at least 90 hours; a 3-credit internship requires at least 135. The maximum number of credits one can earn is are 6-credit for the internship for 270 hours in a given semester. 

Credit Hour Chart

1 credit hour internship 45 hours
2 credit hour internship 90 hours
3 credit hour internship 135 hours
4 credit hour internship 180 hours
5 credit hour internship 225 hours
6 credit hour internship 270 hours

How do I apply for my internship?

Students are free to choose an internship site – paid or unpaid. Once you have a confirmed site and supervisor, you should complete an Internship Agreement and secure your site supervisor's signature. You must also create your own learning objectives and send to the internship coordinator for approval. After your learning objectives are approved by the coordinator, and your packet is completed, signed, and approved by the internship coordinator, you will be sent, via email, detailed registration instructions and the name of your faculty advisor. It is recommended that you begin this process (of locating an internship and completing an application packet) at least 1-2 months before you apply for the internship for credit.

Please read the Guidelines for Learning Objectives before proceeding.

Guide to the Internship Process >>