Career & Professional Development

Internships for Academic Credit

Faculty Instructions                    Student Instructions

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), “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.”

Internships are an excellent way for students to gain real world experience, network in their desired field, build their resume, and ultimately explore and launch a rewarding career.

Students have two options when gaining internship experience:

  1. The student can complete an internship that is FOR academic credit. To receive academic credit for an internship, please review the Application Process tab.
  2. The student can complete an internship that is NOT for academic credit. Although no additional paperwork is needed, we would love to stay connected. Tell us where you’re interning using the Internship Update Form!

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Internship applicants must be full-time, degree seeking HPU students in good disciplinary standing. Students must have at least 60 credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. The GPA in major must also be at least 2.0. Some departments may have higher criteria so please check with your faculty adviser for more information.

  • If you are seeking course credit and have not completed 60 credit hours, but have at least 16 credit hours and a 2.0 GPA, please consider enrolling in EXP 1402. For more information, reach out to Doug Hall at or visit Exploring Your Major and Career Path.


Students must complete 40 work hours per academic credit and may apply for internships in increments of 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits.

  • Internships must coincide with either the fall, spring or summer semesters.
    • During the fall and spring semesters, any overload fees will apply if your internship takes you over the allotted 18 credits. This must be approved by the Dean of your school.
    • During the summer semester, you must register for summer school and will be charged tuition according to the per-credit hour summer rate. These rates may differ from the per-credit hour tuition in the fall and spring.
  • All interns are required to have both an internship site supervisor (someone who will supervise you when you are at your internship site) and a faculty supervisor (a faculty member who will assign you a grade of pass/fail at the end of the semester).
    • NOTE: Please make sure that you speak with your faculty supervisor prior to listing them on your internship application. Your faculty supervisor is responsible for assigning you a grade at the end of the semester and will need to be aware of all students that they are supervising at the start of each semester.
  • During the internship period, a record of work (time log) must be submitted electronically each week. The student and site supervisor will also complete midterm and final evaluations of the students’ progress. Additional assignments or expectations vary by department.
  • Internship credits may not be earned for part-time work or fewer hours than stated in the contract. Any contract modifications must have prior approval from the faculty supervisor, department chair, and Career and Professional Development.
  • The work area should have an academic and future occupational interest and be one in which the student has no prior experience.
  • Internship responsibilities must have academic relevance and future occupational interest. To qualify as an internship site, hosts must meet the criteria established by Career and Professional Development.
  • Credits may be received in any major subject area of the University. Up to six credits may be applied toward elective hours in the major with the department’s permission. All internships are graded pass/fail by the faculty supervisor.


The HPU Internship Responsibility Agreement details the internship responsibilities for each party involved. For additional clarification, please reach out to Faith Cochran at

On-Campus Internship Policy

Students are encouraged to pursue off-campus internships for an educational experience that allows professional development, networking opportunities, and exposure in their desired field. If a student is interested in pursuing an on-campus internship, additional steps must be taken.

Approval of on-campus internships are at the discretion of the Dean of your School. Consent is dependent on the internship job description, the student’s major, and the student’s future occupational interest. To receive academic credit for an on-campus internship, the student must:

  1. Have their Faculty Advisor and Department Chair sign the HPU On-Campus Internship Agreement
  2. Have their Academic Dean sign the HPU On-Campus Internship Agreement
  3. Complete the Student Instructions for an internship for academic credit
  4. Upload the signed On-Campus Internship Agreement to their Purple Briefcase application under the documents portal.

Internship Site Supervisors are required to fill out the following:

Site Supervisors must review the Career and Professional Development Internship for Credit Page and adhere to all policies. We strongly encourage Site Supervisors to have a face-to-face meeting with the student to discuss their midterm evaluation form and final evaluation form, in addition to completing the online form.



The deadline to register an internship for academic credit is three weeks after High Point University’s drop/add date, and is contingent on the start date and end date of the internship, with the ability to log future (not past) internship hours. Students can NOT receive retroactive credit. Students must complete the appropriate number of work hours to receive the desired number of credits by the last day of the semester. Students must complete 40 work hours per academic credit.


Thank you for hosting a High Point University Intern! Please review the HPU Internship Responsibility Agreement and the Department of Labor Standards for Unpaid, Non-credit Bearing Internships. For more information, please visit our employer information section.

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