Offering Credit-Bearing Internships

The Fleishman Center's Career Development Centralized Internship (CDCI) program gives employers the opportunity to mentor undergraduate student interns who are being graded for their credit-bearing internship experience. Employers evaluate their interns based on their performance and directly impact their grades through the concurrent seminar class the students are required to take. With academic credit and their grade at stake, students strive to perform at their highest levels and may take extra initiative.

Details and Requirements

Please review all content areas below and contact the CDCI Team at with any questions.

  • Developing Internships for Credit
    • All internships must meet the requirements put forth by the Department of Labor to be considered for academic credit.
    • The internship site is expected to identify and develop meaningful projects in advance for interns to work on throughout the semester. The interns should spend 75% of their time working on meaningful projects and can spend 25% of their time on administrative tasks to support the office as needed.
    • Interns should have a dedicated space to work to increase their efficiency and maintain their sense of value.
    • If the employer requires that students receive academic credit in order to participate in an internship, the employer MUST make that clear to the students in advance.
    • Internships typically last one semester in length, but they can be mutually extended by the employer and the student. However, if a student wishes to earn credit at the same internship site twice, they must demonstrate that they have new responsibilities or advanced projects.
    • Internships must take place in a safe, public place of business (no personal residences)
    • Interns must not replace employees and must be supervised by someone who can provide meaningful guidance on projects (must know how to do what the intern is being asked to do).
  • Posting Internships/Recruiting
    • Internships must fall within the confines of academic semesters (including summer and winter) and should be posted in hireBING. Contact for details and deadlines.
    • Fall internships should be posted in early March and spring internships should be posted in early October. Contact for deadlines for summer and winter.
    • When writing the internship posting, please include "CDCI" in the title and provide details of what you are looking for in an intern, what kinds of projects they will complete, as well as what they can expect to learn through the experience.
    • Sites are responsible for choosing applicants to interview and making applicable offers.
    • Once the site has offered an internship to a student, it is up to the student to contact to request academic credit for the experience.
    • All sites and internships suggested for academic credit will be reviewed by the CDCI staff and we retain the right to deny any site/internship if we feel it does not fit within the confines of the academic internship program.
  • Intern Orientation

    All sites should plan to hold orientations for new interns. Topics should include, but are not limited to:

    • Office dress code
    • Project expectations
    • Schedule for completing internship hours
    • Chain of command (who to ask what)
    • Organization's mission and how interns' work fits into overarching goals
    • Learning outcomes (what can the students expect to learn from the experience)
    • How to use office resources (phones, fax, copiers, filing systems, time cards, etc.)
    • Who to contact in case they will be late/are sick
  • Supervision Expectations
    • Interns must be supervised by a professional who can educate the students on new techniques and professional skills needed to complete projects (for example, a supervisor with no web experience cannot supervise a student being asked to create a website).
    • The supervisor must be able and willing to provide regular meaningful feedback on projects.
    • Students may not intern for family members, directly or indirectly. 
  • Process and Evaluations
    • Site supervisors will receive email notifications when students request CDCI credit for internships at their organizations. Supervisors must review and approve each intern's experience in the system and complete a required survey.
    • Mid-semester self evaluations completed by the students are reviewed by the employer and should be discussed so both parties are on the same page.
    • The student and site supervisor must work together to accurately track internship hours and the supervisor will be asked to confirm number of completed hours on the final evaluation. 
    • Final evaluations are completed by the site supervisors and count for 50% of the students' final grades. These must be discussed with the interns prior to the end of the internship.
    • Internship sites will be reviewed by the student interns and assessments will be used by Fleishman Center staff to increase the effectiveness of each site. A Fleishman Center staff member may also visit each site during the semester.
  • Hour Requirements

    Interns must complete a specific number of hours to receive the corresponding number of academic credits:

    Fall and Spring Internships:

    • 120 site hours for 4 credits
    • 280 site hours for 8 credits
    • Select on-campus only internship sites may offer 60-hour internships for 2 credits

    Summer and Winter Internships:

    • 70 hours for 2 credits
    • 140 hours for 4 credits
    • 280 hours for 8 credits
  •  Employer Recruiting Policies and Procedures