At the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, the internship is combined with academic coursework that encourages critical reflection on the internship experience while adding to a student’s professional development. The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, reviews each internship application carefully to monitor that the experience is an extension of the classroom.
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- The student is responsible for finding and securing placement in their desired internship experience. SGSUP does NOT place a student in an internship.
- Students cannot earn internship credit for duties performed as part of their current employment.
- The experience must correspond with an ASU C session term such as spring (Jan – May), summer (May – July), fall (Aug – Dec).
- Students must have both an approved internship and completed Internship Plan submitted by the application deadlines.
- Student will be cleared to register for credit after all materials are submitted through the Internship Plan, pending approval from the SGSUP Internship Coordinator, the student's mentioned internship supervisor, and ASU administration.
- See "Application Materials” and “Term Application Deadlines" sections of this site for direction on how and when to submit internship materials.
- No retroactive credit can be issued.
- The internship must have a direct and clear connection to the student’s major/minor/or certificate that it’s being applied to.
International Students - Check your eligibility to use Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for your internship prior to submitting your Internship Plan.
Submitting an internship plan does not guarantee approval
Submitting an Internship Plan to enroll into the 484 or 584 course, does NOT guarantee approval. Enrollment into the course requires a review of a student’s application, supervisor's approval, and legal approval from ASU and/or the internship site. It is advised to submit an Internship Plan as soon as possible due to the time it can take for a student’s application to be reviewed. Without approval from all necessary individuals, a student might not be eligible to complete their enrollment into the 484 or 584 course.
Students do not automatically earn credit for only completing their internship. Students are required to participate and complete all the assignments associated with the 484 or 584 course while simultaneously completing their internship.
Review the following course overview to know more about the content, coursework, and time management expectation for the internship course.
• GCU/GPH/GIS/PUP 484 Course Overview
• GCU/GPH/GIS 584 Course Overview
• PUP 584 Course Overview
• MAS-GIS should consult the program's leadership for GIS 684 course overview. Please email email@example.com
Prior to submitting your Internship Plan and to help guide you during your internship search, review the following links to know the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning specifics for; Internship Standards, Excluded Practices, and Compensation Policy.
Term Application Deadlines
Spring (Jan - May) Due Dec 15
Summer (May - July) Due May 5
Fall (Aug – Dec) Due Aug 1
If you need to register for GIS/GPH/GCU/PUP 484 or 584 but cannot meet the application deadline dates, email: sgsup.careeradvising@asu prior to the posted term application deadline about your situation.
484: Petition for Work Variance
Undergraduate students who wish to complete an internship at the location where they currently work must submit a petition to request utilizing work variance for potential enrollment into an SGSUP internship course. The purpose of work variance is to allow the student to demonstrate new responsibilities, projects, and assignments that significantly differ from their current responsibilities. The student’s internship experience must build upon competencies and skill areas that they are not familiar with within their current position. Also, work variance requires the student to be supervised by an alternative person throughout their internship who is not their current supervisor.
Students can submit one work variance petition per semester but are only allowed a one-time use of work variance towards enrollment into an SGSUP internship course. The petition outcome is final.
If the petition is approved, students will have additional forms to complete after this petition and before they can potentially enroll in the SGSUP internship course.
Undergraduate students must meet the following requirements to submit a petition for work variance.
- A minimum of 90 credit hours completed towards their current SGSUP degree.
- Student has been employed at their work for a minimum of 6 months prior to submitting the work variance petition.
- Not completing an SGSUP internship course may delay or prevent graduation.
- Enrollment into an SGSUP internship course will satisfy a graduation requirement for an SGSUP degree. Work variance will not be approved to satisfy non-major electives.
- Petition for Work Variance follows the same term application deadlines as the Internship Plan.
Submit Work Variance Petition
Application Materials for the Internship Plan
All application materials for the Internship Plan must be submitted by the Term Application Deadline for the term you plan to complete the internship during.