Wesleyan University can not guarantee the accuracy of information provided by external employers. Students should conduct their own due diligence when evaluating opportunities and report any inaccuracies and concerns about applying to the Gordon Career Center. The University is not responsible for safety, compensation, working conditions, or any other aspect of off campus employment.


The following policies have been adopted by the Educational Policy Committee:

TUITION | There is no cost for students participating in CSPL493. Upon successful completion students will earn .25 credit.

ENROLLMENT | Students should follow the course enrollment process.

ELIGIBILITY | Students on probation are not eligible for internship credit.

MULTIPLE INTERNSHIPS | Students may participate in CSPL 493 up to two times for credit. Students wishing to receive academic credit for a second internship with the same organization must document in the final essay the ways in which the second internship entails responsibilities or assignments that differ significantly from those of the first internship.

REQUIREMENTS | The minimum number of hours for an internship credit is 40 hours. There is no maximum; it is up to the intern to determine how many work hours are reasonable for your schedule.

COURSE WITHDRAWAL | Students wishing to withdraw from CSPL 493 without having a “W” appear on your transcript must inform Kate Smith within 10 days of the start date of the internship indicated on the Description Form. If the student drops the internship later, if the internship fails to materialize, or if it terminates for any other reason, Kate Smith must be notified immediately of the circumstances.  Otherwise, the student may receive a U for the course.

BA/MA STUDENTS CSPL493 | Students are permitted to earn .25 internship credit during the summer between their BA and MA careers. This is permitted so long as the following conditions are met:

  • The student will be enrolled as NRS-Internship for Summer 2016 as a non-degree graduate student

  • The student’s MA graduate admit term will be Fall 2016

  • The Summer 2016 .25 earned internship credit will appear on a separate Non-Degree Graduate student transcript.

Note: Example based on a student in the Class of 2016. The Summer 2016 .25 earned internship credit cannot count towards the BA degree, nor the MA degree.

PAID & UNPAID INTERNSHIPS | For paid internships students are compensated directly by the organization or company that they are working with by either a stipend or paycheck. For unpaid internships, there are resources across campus to identify and apply for funding.


Note: Various grants and funding may have specific parameters limiting eligibility based on subject area, financial need, academic merit and more. Many of these grants also have corresponding deadlines and required materials for submission. Furthermore, funding and grants are limited and therefore not guaranteed and is contingent upon application and review.