INTS 490: Receiving Internship Credit

*There will be no on-site internships for summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 situation*


Internship Application Deadlines:


Application Submission Period

Internship must begin on or after

Internship must end by

Summer 2020




Fall 2020

July 7 - August 17, 2020

August 24, 2020

December 16, 2020

Spring 2020

December 7, 2019 - January 7, 2020 (Applications will be accepted during winter break, however the university is CLOSED Dec 21 - Jan 5) 

January 21, 2020

May 2, 2020

To submit an application, pages 1-5 of the SIS Internship Packet (including learning objectives) must be completed, signed, scanned and emailed to the Internship Coordinator, Sara Montiel, at

All Mason undergraduate students are eligible to earn course credit for an internship through INTS 490. Environmental & Sustainability Studies majors need 3 credits of INTS 490 to fulfill their degree requirements. Non-SIS students will need to check with their home departments to determine how internship credits can be applied toward their degree.

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 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. 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. 

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 Application 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 >>