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Academic Credit and Real-World Experience

Career and Professional Development

» Internships at Chapman University

Internship courses give students the opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining practical work experience, an increased understanding of and exposure to a given career field, opportunities to transform classroom knowledge into “real-world” application, technical skills and other professional development opportunities. By successfully completing internships, students become increasingly competitive candidates in the job market.

Chapman University allows students to receive academic credit for both paid and unpaid internships. Internships are registered through Career and Professional Development, rather than my.chapman.edu.

Internship Basics

Always double check the official academic catalog for the most accurate information regarding academic registration.

+ - Requirements

  • Identify, apply for and secure the internship at an organization by the fifth week of the semester. 
  • Obtain a Faculty Internship Advisor within the appropriate internship course department. The Faculty Internship Advisor will assign an academic component to the credit-bearing internship.
  • Submit the following application materials to the online Internship Portal for Faculty Internship Advisor and Career and Professional Development review and approval.
    • Intern Responsibilities Agreement
    • Internship Registration Information
    • Internship Learning Objectives
    • Internship Site Approval Form *requires Site Supervisor signature
  • The approval and registration process can take up to 10 business days. Students that need immediate credit on their records for financial aid purposes or for full-time student status can enroll in an Internship Placeholder Course until official course registration is processed by contacting Career and Professional Development.
  • Complete and track all internship hours on the Internship Timesheet, obtain Site Supervisor approval at the end of the academic term and upload the Internship Timesheet to the Internship Portal.
  • Ensure Site Supervisor completes the Student Internship Performance Evaluation.
  • Maintain regular contact with their Faculty Internship Advisor and complete any assignment(s) by the determined due dates. Communicate with Career and Professional Development regarding any registration changes or internship site concerns.

+ - Credits and Hours

Credit per internship ranges by department from .5 to 6 credits. Students must complete 20 hours for each .5 credit registered.
  • A maximum of 12 credits of internship courses may count toward the baccalaureate degree. See undergraduate degree requirements Limitation of Credit.
  • No internship nor practicum credit is accepted in transfer. See General Transfer Credit Policy.
  • No retroactive internship credit may be awarded for hours worked without timely registration in an internship course.
  • Hours may only count for credit during the academic term in which a student is registered.

 

+ - Courses and Codes

Always double check the official academic catalog for the most accurate information.

Students that have not completed their internship registration through the internship portal, but need to register for a course for full-time student status purposes should register for a temporary independent internship course placeholder.

Internship Courses

Lower Division

Upper Division

Seminar

Graduate

290

490

492

690

AH 290 Independent Internship AH 490 Independent Internship ENG 492 Seminar Internship BUS 690 Graduate Internship
ART 290 Independent Internship ART 490 Independent Internship ENG 492A Seminar Internship - News Reporting CS 690 Internship
BUS 290 Internship BCHM 490 Independent Internship FTV 492 Internship Workshop EDUC 690 Professional Induction Planning and Assessment
CPSC 290 Independent Internship BIOL 490 Independent Internship HSK 492 Capstone Seminar Internship in Health Sciences FSN 690 Internship for Graduate Students
DA 290 Independent Internship BRJL 490 Independent Internship IES 492 IES Senior Seminar Internship FTV 690 Independent Internship
DANC 290 Independent Internship BUS 490 Independent Internship LEAD 492 Leadership in Action, Seminar Internship MFT 690 Independent Internship
DOC 290 Independent Internship CHEM 490 Independent Internship PSY 492 Psychology Internship PHS 690A Internship in Pharmaceutical Sciences I
EDUC 290 Independent Internship CHIN 490 Chinese Independent Internship SOC 292A Social Work Field/Practicum PHS 690B Internship in Pharmaceutical Sciences II
ENG 290 Internship COM 490 Independent Internship SOC 492A Social Work Field/Practicum PT 690 Clinical Affiliation
FTV 290 Independent Internship CPSC 490 Independent Internship SOC 492B Seminar Internship
GD 290 Independent Internship DA 490 Independent Internship
HUM 290 Intern Program DANC 490 Independent Internship
INTP 290 Independent Internship DOC 490 Independent Internship
KINE 290 Independent Internship EDUC 490 Independent Internship
MATH 290 Independent Internship ENG 490 Independent Internship
MUS 290 Intern Program ENV 490 Independent Internship
PCST 290 Independent Internship FSN 490 Independent Internship
POSC 290 Independent Internship FTV 490 Independent Internship
PRA 290 Independent Internship GD 490 Independent Internship
PSY 290 Intern Program GER 490 Independent Internship
SOC 290 Independent Internship HIST 490 Independent Internship
SPAN 290 Independent Internship HON 490 Independent Internship
TH 290 Independent Internship HSK 490 Independent Internship
TWP 290 Independent Internship INTI 490C International Internship - Eight Week Placement
INTI 490D International Studies Abroad Internship Program: Eight Week Placement in Prague
INTP 490 Independent Internship
ITAL 490 Independent Internship
JPN 490 Independent Internship
KINE 490 Independent Internship
LEAD 490 Leadership in Action, Independent Internship
MATH 490 Independent Internship
MUS 490 Independent Internship
PCST 490 Independent Internship
PHIL 490 Independent Internship
POSC 490 Independent Internship
PRA 490 Independent Internship
PSY 490 Independent Internship
REL 490 Independent Internship
SOC 490 Independent Internship
SPAN 490 Independent Internship
TH 490 Independent Internship
TWP 490 Independent Internship

+ - Grades

  • Independent internships are graded by the student’s Faculty Internship Advisor on a Pass/No Pass Seminar internships may be subject to letter grade.
  • If an internship for a seminar course is not secured by the 5th week of the term per the academic calendar, the student is expected to withdraw from the course, resulting in an automatic W notation on their transcript.

+ - Registration

  • Internship courses are offered year round (fall, interterm, spring and summer semesters) and are registered through Career and Professional Development.
  • Internship courses follow the same tuition and credit policies outlined in Tuition and Interterm General Policies.
  • Internship registration deadlines are posted annually on the Academic Calendar. If a student missed the deadline to register their internship, they may petition to late-add the course.
  • To register for internships in the United States, students must complete the online internship application
  • To register for and learn about pre-approved international internships, students can contact the Center for Global Education.

+ - If you miss the deadline: Petition Process

If you are seeking to receive academic credit for an internship for the current semester and have missed the deadline in order to do so, you will need to register your internship online (as outlined in the Internship Registration and Credits section above) and complete a Petition Packet, which includes:

  1. Completed Undergraduate Petition Form or Graduate Petition Form (with a required signature from your Faculty Internship Advisor).
  2. Completed Internship Site Approval Form (signed by your Internship Site Supervisor).
  3. Personal statement of reason for petition (1 page maximum).
  4. Receipt for $20 petition fee paid at the Cashier’s Office. (Graduate students do not need to pay the $20 petition fee.)
  5. (Optional) You may also submit any other information supporting your personal statement of reason for petition (i.e. a doctor's note, a performance review from your internship site, etc.).

Once you have completed the Petition Packet, you will submit it to Career and Professional Development (at the attention of the Internship Coordinator). The Internship Coordinator will sign your Petition Packet and submit it to the Office of the Registrar to ensure that it will be reviewed by the Standards Committee. Please note that the Standards Committee meets once a week to consider petitions.

Once your petition is submitted, it will usually take 7–10 business days to receive a response, unless your Petition Packet is received just before a holiday break.

Please note:

If you are petitioning to add a retroactive internship (meaning an internship that was completed during a prior semester), please be aware that it is the policy of Chapman University to not approve retroactive credit. You must present a compelling, extenuating circumstance for the Standards Committee to be convinced an exception should be made. Also, if this retroactive credit would have resulted in a credit overload for the term in which it was completed, you will be assessed tuition at the overload rate. If overload tuition is acceptable to you, please indicate this in your personal statement.

Contact Information

Career and Professional Development

Main:
(714) 997-6942
career@chapman.edu

Hours:

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Drop-In (Quick Question) Hours

Monday 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Thursday 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Location

342 N. Glassell
Orange, CA 92866
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Mailing Address

Career and Professional Development
Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

Internship Support

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Meet Heidi Swanson, Chapman's Internship Coordinator. Heidi is here to help you navigate the entire internship process. 

The unpaid internship myth

Did you know? Chapman is one of a select group of schools that allows students to pursue academic credit for both unpaid and paid internships.