INTS 490: Receiving Internship Credit

*In-person, virtual, and hybrid internships will be accepted*


Internship Application Deadlines:

Semester Application Submission Period Internship must begin on or after Internship must end by
Spring 2024


*Applications will be accepted during winter break, however the university is CLOSED Dec 18 - Jan 1)

Summer 2023 March 11 -  May 12, 2023 May 22, 2023 August 9, 2023
Fall 2023 NOW OPEN - August 12th, 2023 August 28, 2023 December 9, 2023


Internship Application Process:

The following Internship process must be completed by the deadline and approved before registration.

Contact Barbara O’Connell, if you have any problems with the links below.





Internship Application

Internship Application


Internship Learning Objectives (ILO)

See Internship Resources – How to Write Internship Learning Objectives


Scan and email completed ILO


Experiential Learning Agreement (ELA)

Experiential Learning Agreement


Scan and email completed ELA


Registration instruction

Will be sent via email

When should I apply?

Beginning at least 1-2 months prior to the semester start date, is recommended.

What is the purpose of an internship?

An internship will help you explore career opportunities in different fields, expand your knowledge, and apply classroom lessons to real life situations.

Who MUST take this internship?

  • All Environmental & Sustainability Studies majors are required to take 3 credits of INTS 490 to fulfill their degree requirements.

Who can receive credit for an internship?

  • All Mason undergraduate students are eligible
  • Non-SIS students
    • NOTE: All Non-SIS students will need to check with their home departments to determine how internship credits can be applied toward their degree.

Where should I look for an internship?

University Career Services is a great place to start. Make an appointment with Handshake to find an internship to match your major, interests and skills.

IMPORTANT NOTE: 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. Students earn 1-credit for every 45 hours worked at the internship site. The maximum number of INTS 490 credits that can be taken in one semester is 6-credits.

Credit Hours Chart

University Credit Hours Work Hours 15-Week Semester* On-Site Hours/ Week
1 45 15 3
2 90 15 6
3 135 15 9
4 180 15 12
5 225 15 15
6 270 15 18

*NOTE: Summer Semester contains FEWER weeks

Please read the Guidelines for Learning Objectives before proceeding.

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