Internship Course Enrollment

Wesleyan has established a credit/uncredit internship course, CSPL 493, for students to receive .25 credit upon successful completion of an internship--whether paid or unpaid. To receive credit, students must satisfy the requirements of the internship and meet Wesleyan’s specific learning requirements.

Enrollment for Fall 2018 will open on August 1st. 
If you have any questions, please email internship_credit@wesleyan.edu

ENROLLMENT DEADLINES
Please note if a deadline falls on the weekend, enrollment will close the following Monday. For inquiries related to late enrollment, students should contact their class dean.

FALL October 1
WINTER December 15
SPRING February 1
SUMMER Session 1 June 1
SUMMER Session 2 June 15
  • Overview of Process & Initiating Enrollment

    The enrollment process can take up to 4-6 weeks. This is a manual process completed by staff from multiple offices across campus. 

    The CSPL 493 internship course enrollment forms can be found and completed on Handshake under
    Career Center > Experiences > CSPL 493 Enrollment OR CSPL 493 Enrollment -- International Students 

    The enrollment process includes the following two forms: 

    1. Student Enrollment Form (completed & submitted by the student) 
    2. Internship Description Form (sent by course administrator & completed by the internship supervisor)
  • International Students: Course Enrollment & CPT Enrollment

    International students, please complete the following steps for CSPL 493 course enrollment and confirm authorization for Curricular Practical Training (CPT).

    Note that your internship must relate to your major(s) at Wesleyan, and that your student visa limits weekly off-campus employment during the fall or spring semester to 20 hours. You must complete the CPT steps in addition to the standard CSPL 493 internship course enrollment to receive academic credit and stay in compliance with student visa status. 

    Please be aware that the process to enroll in CSPL 493 and to receive CPT authorization can take a total of up to 6-8 weeks.

    International students should: 

    • Attend the annual CPT Information Session (held early each spring semester).
    • Meet with Janice Watson, Coordinator for International Student Services, in North College Room 123, and let her know your plan to enroll in CSPL 493.
    • How to Enroll:
      • The CSPL internship course enrollment forms can be found and completed on Handshake under Career Center > Experiences > CSPL 493 Enrollment -- International Students
      • The enrollment process includes the following two forms: 
        1. Student Enrollment Form (completed & submitted by the student) 
        2. Internship Description Form (sent by course administrator & completed by the internship supervisor)
    • Provide proof of course enrollment (a copy of your Academic History with CSPL 493 listed) to Ms. Janice Watson via email. She will complete the paperwork for your CPT authorization, which can take 2-4 weeks.
    • Give your I-20 and CPT authorization to your employer.

    Please be aware that the process to enroll in CSPL 493 and to receive CPT authorization can take a total of 6-8 weeks. Questions about CPT? Contact Janice Watson.

  • Course Requirements & Assignments

    COURSE REQUIREMENTS
    Students complete 
    short assignments and a final reflective essay throughout the internship to enhance students' knowledge base and skills connected to their internship experience. It is helpful for participants to reflect on their experience throughout the internship and to have a record of work experience, lessons learned, and progress made in understanding professional, personal and academic goals.

    GRADING
    CSPL 493 is based on CR/U. Students must complete and submit all assignments. Failure to complete all assignments will result in a U for the course. Email internship_credit@wesleyan.edu to preview the course syllabus.

    UPON COMPLETION
    Internship supervisors must complete and submit the CSPL 493 Internship Course: Internship Completion Form. This form is sent by the course administrator to the supervisor to complete. 
    Once all forms and assignments have been completed and course requirements have been met by the semester deadline, credit will then be processed for CSPL 493.

    ADDITIONAL COURSE POLICIES
    Please click here for additional course policies.

    Note: There may be instances where what you discuss in your final essay will prompt further action -- such as in cases of workplace harassment. Faculty and staff will reach out to appropriate partners on campus to ensure student safety and privacy. Contact Wesleyan's Office of Equity and Inclusion for students experiencing harassment in the workplace as well as the Human Resources department at your internship location. Students dealing with personal (emotional, mental health) challenges are strongly urged to contact CAPS.

  • Resources & Best Practices

    There are many resources across campus to support students preparing for internships. Learn how the Gordon Career Center can support your career endeavors here.

    • Career Advising: One-on-one advising appointments with Peer Career Advisors and Professional Career Advisors can be requested online on Handshake (under "Career Center"), or in-person or via phone 860-685-2180 during business hours. 
    • Resumes & Cover Letters: The Gordon Career Center's Resume Writing Guide and Cover Letter Writing Guide are available in the "Resources" section on Handshake. Note that Wesleyan students are required to have their resume approved by a career advisor in order to apply for positions on Handshake. Appointments to help students write, review, and edit professional resumes, cover letters and other career-related documents are available M-Fr during business hours. 
    • Job & Internship Search Resources: Wesleyan's career management platform, Handshake, offers thousands of full-time job and internship opportunities for students to apply to. iOS users can download Handshake's Jobs and Careers app to discover, favorite, and apply to jobs and internships on the go. Handshake also houses other job & internship search resources such as Vault, GoinGlobal, Glassdoor for students, and more. Students must log-in to Handshake with their wesleyan.edu email address to access these resources. 
    • Funding opportunities for unpaid and low-paid internships are available through the Wesleyan Summer Grants program and the Center's Career Development Grant allows students to apply for funding to offset the costs associated with career exploration related expenses. 

    Internship Expectations

    • Comply with confidentiality rules in force at the internship site.
    • Observe all policies and procedures stipulated by the employer.
    • Regular attendance and compliance with all job requirements are essential.
    • Ideally, confer weekly with your supervisor to receive guidance on your assignments, feedback on your performance, and explanations of the organization’s mission, objectives, methods, and operations.