Internships for Credit

Academic Internship Program

Along with the chance to gain knowledge about an industry or particular company and a possible full-time job offer, registering an internship for academic credit also provides the following benefits:

  • Students gain credit towards the completion of their degree and get valuable professional experience at the same time.
  • Students gain an opportunity to draw on and apply classroom-learned skills in a professional setting through reflective assignments and coursework. 
  • Learning objectives are created and attended to in a collaborative and intentional manner between students and internship employers/supervisors.
  • Faculty Internship Advisors oversee each student’s experience. 
  • Internship participation is recorded on the transcript and students can earn the credit equivalent of up to two elective courses. 
  • Employers are required to evaluate student’s performance and share feedback with the student at the conclusion of their internship.
  • Many employers require academic accountability for their internship program offerings.

Deadlines to Register Internship for Credit

Summer 2016 – May 20, 2016

Fall 2016 - August 30, 2016

Spring 2017 - January 17, 2017

*Several steps must be completed by the deadline including faculty review and approval…so don’t wait to begin the registration process!

Registration Process

If you’ve already secured an internship or plan on securing an internship for the upcoming semester and want to register it for academic credit follow the steps below.

Step 1: Review the Eligibility Requirements, Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) and the Internship Program Policies (PDF)

Step 2: Complete the Academic Internship Interest Form - (NOTE: Login using your PhilaU username and password)

Step 3: You will receive a follow up email from with additional information and paperwork to complete. If you have secured an internship and you meet the eligibility requirements Career Services will send you paperwork for you and your internship supervisor to complete; ALL paperwork must be completed by the last day to add a class for the semester in which you are registering

Step 4: Once you have submitted all required paperwork you will meet with Career Services to review the information and Career Services will send your internship paperwork to the Faculty Internship Coordinator for your academic program to review and approve

Step 5: Once faculty approval is received Career Services works with the Registrar's Office to register you in the internship course (PLEASE NOTE: You do not register yourself for the internship course through WebAdvisor)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Academic Internship Program Policies (PDF)

International Students - Curricular Practical Training (PDF)

Internship Search Timeline (PDF)

Eligibility Requirements

Undergraduate Students:

• Full-time student status at Philadelphia University

• 60 credits earned (EXCEPTION: Architecture students must have 90 credits)

• If a transfer student, at least 15 credits earned at Philadelphia University

• Minimum of 2.5 GPA (cumulative and in major)

Graduate Students**:

• Full time status (at least 9 credits/semester) at Philadelphia University

• 18 core graduate credits earned at Philadelphia University*

• 3.25 GPA (cumulative)

*Graduate students in selected programs, including the Day MBA Program, may have internship eligibility requirements waived at the discretion of the program director. Students should contact their department or the Career Services Center for further information.

**Students in the following graduate programs should register their internships through the Career Services Center and follow the internship guidelines outlined on this page: GeoDesign, Global Fashion Enterprise, IMBA, Interactive Design & Media, Sustainable Design, Surface Imaging, Textile Design, Textile Engineering.

**Students in all other graduate programs should speak with their program director in order to follow internship registration guidelines for their specific program.

International Students:

International Students must be approved for Curricular-Practical Training (CPT) (PDF). For additional information about CPT students should contact Hannah Bar-Giora, Director of International and Exchange Student Programs in the Office of Global Education and Initiatives, 215-951-2660, 

Credit Options

0.5 Credit Internship: Students must complete 144 hours at the internship over the course of the semester (approximately 12 hours per week for 12 weeks).

3 Credit Internship: Students must complete 144 hours at the internship over the course of the semester (approximately 12 hours per week for 12 weeks).

6 Credit Internship: Students must complete 420 hours at the internship over the course of the semester (approximately 35 hours per week for 12 weeks). *This option is available to undergraduate students only.


Contact Career Services or Email:


Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuesdays / Thursdays:
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.