A summer work experience, such as an internship, practicum, or teaching placement, is a great way to build career skills, strengthen your resume and get hands-on experience in an industry that interests you. Many internships are eligible for credit during Summer Term. Review the information below and consult your advisor for more details.
Finding an internship
Whether you’re studying liberal arts, life sciences, engineering, business, journalism, human ecology, or an agricultural discipline, your school or college can help you find an internship that matches your goals:
Many internships have funding available. See Scholarships@UW for information about scholarship opportunities, and review your school or college and department websites to learn about other possible funding options.
- Badger Reach: This program places six students in public-sector internships in Chicago, Milwaukee and the Twin Cities.
- Wisconsin in Washington summer program: Students in this policy-focused program take a three-credit course and intern in Washington, D.C.
- International Internship Program: Intern in another part of the world through this program, which offers advising and funding assistance.
- Community Health Internship Program: Get hands-on experience in health care as you assist a health department in a Wisconsin community.
Earning credit for your internship
If you’ve already secured an internship, you may be able to get credit for it. Explore these resources to learn how:
- College of Letters & Science internship course: Earn credit for an internship in the United States by enrolling in Inter-L&S 260: Internship in the Liberal Arts & Sciences.
- Worldwide Internship Program: Apply for this online academic program to earn credit for an internship abroad.
- College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS): Are you a CALS student? Discuss your internship plans with your advisor or email CALS Career Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- College of Engineering: If you’ve accepted an offer for a summer co-op or internship, you’ll need to complete a reporting form to earn credit from the College of Engineering.
- School of Human Ecology (SoHE): Are you a SoHE student? You’ll need to have junior standing, complete at least 150 hours at your internship site, and complete a verification form to earn three credits.
- School of Business: If you’re a School of Business student, you can earn credit for your summer internship by taking General Business 450: Professional Experience in Business. If you’re doing an internship lasting six to eight months, you can earn credit by taking General Business 451: Credit for Extended Internship Experience.
Taking classes while interning
Summer Term makes it easier than ever to take classes while you’re interning. With online courses, you can study from anywhere in the world. Start the planning process by browsing online Summer Term courses and talking to your advisor.
Starting your internship in late June or completing it by late July? Consider taking an early-summer or late-summer course on campus. Options include these Summer Term sessions:
May 22–Jun 16, 2023
June 19–July 13, 2023
July 17–Aug 13, 2023