Get Academic Credit
Whether or not an internship is paid or unpaid, with or without credit, it offers you a wonderful learning experience. Many students do internships simply for the experience.
Tufts offers two options for recognizing your internship: Academic Credit or Career Center Internship Credit.
Academic Internship Credit
The Career Center does not offer academic credit. If you are seeking academic credit, you need to determine if an academic department or program offers an internship course for credit. Several departments at Tufts offer internship courses for academic credit, but these courses may not be available each semester. Please contact the appropriate academic department for more information.
Below are links to departments currently providing internship course/credit information on their websites.
- American Studies
- Child Development
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Community Health
- Film & Media Studies
- Economics (No department credit option)
- Electrical Engineering
- Entrepreneurial Leadership
- Environmental Studies
- International Relations
- Mechanical Engineering
- Peace and Justice Studies
- Political Science
- Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Many employers in the communications industry only offer internships if students receive academic credit. To receive academic credit, you must go through Film and Media Studies and register for the course FMS99. For more information, contact Leslie Goldberg.
Students may get academic credit through the Economics department. This option is typically used by students pursuing finance positions and is justified by the student’s overall course of study. For more information, contact Economics Professor of the Practice, Chris Manos.
Tufts Career Center Internship Credit is an official way to note the internship on your transcript upon satisfactory completion. Students generally register for this when their employer requires some sort of recognition by the University or if they received a Tufts Career Center Internship Grant. In cases where your employer does not require academic credit or an internship credit is not available through an academic department, you may register for Career Center Internship Credit.
Tufts Career Center Internship Credit is not academic credit. It does not affect the total number of credits you need for graduation. Since you do not receive a grade, it does not affect your grade-point average. This internship option does not fulfill major, minor, or degree requirements. No faculty sponsorship is required.
Please Note: Some organizations will not accept Career Center Internship Credit for unpaid internships. It is your responsibility to determine credit requirements and make plans accordingly.
Prerequisites for Career Center Internship Credit
- You must be a matriculated, enrolled student at Tufts University.
- You must complete the internship before graduation.
- You must register before the beginning of your internship; credit will not be given retroactively.
- Summer interns must work a minimum of 150 hours. Fall or spring interns must work at least 75 hours.
- There is no cost for Career Center Internship Credit.
- There is no limit on the number of times you may receive Career Center Internship Credit.
You may register for fall, spring, or summer Career Center Internship credit by the following deadlines:
- Fall: September through December - Deadline: October 1
- Spring: January through May - Deadline: February 15
- Summer: May through August - Deadline: July 1
- To register, complete the Career Center Internship Credit Registration Form, attach a brief description of your internship duties, have your supervisor sign the form, and fax or email it to the Career Center.
- Once we receive your Registration Form, the Career Center will send your internship supervisor a letter confirming your enrollment in the Career Center Internship Credit program and outlining insurance and liability coverage available through the program.
- In order to receive internship credit, you are expected to spend 75 hours at your internship site during the fall and spring semesters, and 150 hours during the summer.
- Near the end of your internship, we will email evaluation forms to you and your supervisor, which must be completed and returned to us by a specified deadline. Upon satisfactory completion, your internship will be notated on your transcript under the appropriate semester.
Please direct any questions regarding Career Center Internship Credit to Kristin Snyder.