Internship for Credit (V381/H466)

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the shifting state of the economy, students who are planning to graduate in 2021 may choose the following options to meet their degree requirement:

  • Register and complete V381/H466 using a traditional internship (pre-approval is required, please see link on this page “Submit your internship for review here”).
  • Register and complete V381/H466 using an alternative professional development course. Request permission to register for this class by completing the survey at: Undergraduate Internship Alternative Class. Please note this class requires 8-10 hours of career development based assignments per week in order to meet the 120 hour degree requirement.

Internship Deadlines*

*Internship alternative class requests must be submitted by end of the first week of classes during the academic term in which enrollment is being request (Spring 2021 = 1/24/20). Students must then enroll in the course by the end of the second week of classes (Spring 2021 = 1/31/20).  We are no longer taking applications for the alternative class for Fall 2020. Please see link above to request Spring 2021 enrollment.

Spring 2021 Internship Deadline:

January 6, 2021 Submit your internship via Handshake by January 6th to avoid late registration fees
January 15, 2021 Late Registration Fee begins as stated by IU Registrar
January 19, 2021 Courses Begin
January 26, 2021 Late Schedule Adjust fee assessed for drops and late registration with signed approval begins
January 26, 2021 Students must request an eADD to enroll in the course. Internship must be reviewed before access will be granted
March 21, 2021 Auto ‘W’ Deadline. Any internships or enrollment requests submitted after this date will be declined.

COVID-19 Internship Action Plans

Undergraduate Policy
Graduate Policy

Internship Information

At O’Neill, we believe that internships are essential to professional development. Internships provide meaningful, real-world experiences, while allowing the space for students to be supported while developing the skills necessary to have successful and impactful careers.

Below are frequently asked questions about internships, please click the question to learn more!  Need additional help? Come by the Career Hub in room 200!


    • Which O’Neill Undergraduate Degrees Require an Internship?

      • •Public Affairs (BSPA)

      • •Arts Management (BSAM)

      • •Healthcare Management and Policy (BSHCM)

    • How do I get permission to enroll in the required internship course: V381/H466?

      • • You must be admitted to the O’Neill School

      • • Be in Good Academic Standing

      • • Passing grade awarded inV252/H267 (*Students may be concurrently enrolled in V252/H267 and their internship course as long as preapproval has been arranged)

      • • Internship has been registered on ONEILLcareers by the designated deadline and has been reviewed successfully. Once your internship has been reviewed, the Internship Coordinator will grant you permission to enroll in the course.

    • What is an internship?

      “An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent (The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)).” For more information on NACE requirements, please visit their website

    • O’Neill Internship Requirements

      • • The internship is related to your academic studies

      • • Minimum of 120 hours (does not include commute time)

      • • Before hours can begin to be counted towards your minimum hours, internship must be submitted for review and approval to the O’Neill Career Hub through this portal link

      • • Student must be successfully enrolled in V381/H466 by the University’s enrollment deadline during the term that the majority of your internship takes place in.

      • • Students must participate and complete all required Canvas assignments, including submitted a self-evaluation and uploading your supervisor’s contact information through SKILLSURVEY

      • • Students must confirm that their supervisor completes a final evaluation through SKILLSURVEY (including the total number of hours interned)

      • • International students working in/from the US must acquire the proper paperwork

    • NACE Internship Experience Criteria For Approval (Adapted from the NACE Criteria)

      •The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom.
      •It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform(i.e. a regular, part-time job).
      •The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
      •The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
      •There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
      •There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience. Supervisor is not related to intern, or another student.
      •There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
      •There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

    • How long does it take for an internship to be approved?

      Once you submit your internship to the O’Neill Career Hub, your internship is placed
      “IN REVIEW.” Internships can take a minimum of 7-10 days to be reviewed. Once your internship is reviewed and meets the requirements, your internship status will move to “PENDING.” Once PENDING, you will be granted permission to enroll in the course and an email with instructions and details on course requirements will be sent. You will receive official “APPROVED” email once you fully enrolled in the course.  If you need to accept or decline your internship offer sooner than this time frame please call the office.

    • How much does the internship credit cost?

      All enrolled credits will be assessed for tuition. Tuition is based on in-state or out-of-state costs depending on the student, and the academic term the credit is enrolled.  Use this calculator to assess your tuition costs.
      The estimated cost for 1 credit hour for in-state students during the summer 2019 academic term is $291.89 + fees, and for out-of-state students is $1,066.15 + fees.

    • I’m working more than 120 hours. Can I enroll in more than the one required credit?

      Yes! Elective credits are available to students working more than 120 hours at their internship site and are enrolled in the V380 course. Each elective credit is an additional 80 hours (see table below) and must be approved by your academic adviser. To receive elective credit, please complete this form. This form only submits your request for elective internship credit—it does not approve your internship.

      All elective internship credits must be approved by the student’s academic adviser. Once your academic advisor approves the elective academic credit need, you will receive permission to enroll in the V380 course for elective credit.

      Students may choose to enroll in elective credits by enrolling in the course, V380. If you are unsure if an elective credit would benefit you academically, please consult your academic adviser. All elective credits will be graded as a whole and no partial credits will be awarded.

      For each additional credit requested (beyond you initial 1 credit for V381/H466) you will need to intern 80 additional hours.  For example, if a student is interested in earning a total of 3 credits for their internship, the student can register for 1 credit of V381/H466 (120 hours) and 2 credits of V380 (160 hours). This is equal to 280 hours at their internship site.  Please see the table below for more details:


      Total Hours

      V381/H466 (1cr)


      V381/H466 (1cr) + V380 (1 cr)


      V381/H466 (1cr)+V380 (2 cr)


      V381/H466 (1cr)+V380 (3 cr)


      V381/H466 (1cr)+V380 (4 cr)


      V381/H466 (1cr)+V380 (5 cr)


      All credits enrolled in will be assessed for tuition, use this calculator to assess your tuition costs. The estimated cost per credit hour for in-state students during the summer 2019 academic term is $291.89 + fees, and for out-of-state students is $1,066.15 + fees.

    • How many internships do I need to complete if I am in the Accelerated Master’s Program?

      • The highly competitive Accelerated Master’s Program grants students a unique opportunity to gain twice the experiential learning. AMP students must complete 2 internships. One internship to fulfill their undergraduate requirement and a second internship to fulfill their graduate degree requirement.
      •For more resources on how to market the AMP degree to employers, please view our blogs here, stop by the Career Hub, Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm for drop-in hours, or make a one-on-one appointment with one of the Career Hub Career Consultants.

  • What type of internship will not be approved?

    Internships will not be approved if the following situation exists:
    • The student’s supervisor is a relative or another student
    • The student does not have a supervisor who is regularly available.
    • The student is an international student and is doing their internship in the U.S. and has not obtained the proper work authorization (CPT or Academic Training).
    • The employer does not meet Indiana University or O’Neill standards for student recruitment.
    • The location is in a country or area considered to be unsafe by the U.S. Department of State.
    • The internship is a Residential Advisor (RA),Teaching Assistant (TA), Research Assistant (RA) position, or a regular part-time job.
    • The student is enrolling their internship to meet more than one degree/credit requirement.

  • How are internships graded?

    All undergraduate internship credits are graded pass/fail.

  • Does my internship have to be unpaid?

    No! We do not refuse internships due to their pay status. All unpaid and paid opportunities are welcome if they meet the internship standards.

  • Can I do an internship in the Fall or Spring?

    Yes! You can complete your internship in any semester as long as if the majority of your hours are completed during the semester in which you are enrolled in the internship course.

  • Do you waive the internship requirement?

    Students who are returning to the O’Neill School to complete their undergraduate education can apply for an internship requirement waiver if they can document at least one consecutive year of full-time professional experience with one employer, or one year of full-time military experience. If approved, no credits will be awarded, rather the requirement will read as satisfied on their transcript. If you meet these requirements and would like to acquire the waiver form, please email Miranda Redman (

  • I am in the military or national guard. Does my training count as an internship?

    Students who are currently serving in the military or guard can register and enroll their training for their internship requirement. Students will follow the processes for pre-approval and enrollment as students registering their internship for credit. Military training must be at least 120 hours and is required to be enrolled in the same academic term in which the training occurs. Students will work with their instructors for alternative assignments for their Canvas component of the course.