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Earning Credit for an Internship

After arranging an internship, students may apply to earn credit for their experience. Review the Internship Credit Application page for more information.

Here are answers to common questions regarding internships:

Where do I find an internship?

When should I start searching for an internship?

Finding an internship requires preparation and commitment, so if you'd like to do an internship, plan to begin working on the search 2-4 months before you hope to be an intern.

What makes an experience qualify to earn geography, GIS or planning internship credit?

An experience qualifies as an internship if the student's work allows him/her to participate in geographic, GIS or planning activities, carried out in a professional setting, under the guidance of a mentor there. The intern should have an opportunity to build knowledge and skills. In addition, the intern's work should be a meaningful contribution to the agency, organization or company.

Do the internship courses count towards graduation requirements?

Undergraduate Student:

Geography, GIS or Urban Planning major may earn a total of 12 credits in internship courses. 

  • Geography and Urban Planning majors: Up to 6 of these credits may count as electives in your major.
  • GIS majors: Three credits can fulfill your Applied Experience requirement, and 3 additional credits may count as electives in your major.

Additional credits beyond the first 6 will count as upper-division elective credit, but won't count towards your major. Check with your Academic Advisor to be sure these guidelines apply to your specific program of study.

Graduate Student:

Master of Urban and Environmental Planning, up to six credits of PUP 584 may count as an elective towards the 47 credit hours required for graduation (more info).

MA and PhD students, should check with their advisor about how an internship course would fit into their plan of study.

How many hours do I need to work at my internship site in order to earn credit?

Before beginning an internship, you should commit to the total hours you will work. You will earn credit based on total hours worked, as follows:

Credits

Total hours worked

Approximate hours per week

   

Fall or Spring
(15-weeks)

Summer A+B
(12 weeks)

1

45

3

3.25

2

90

6

7.5

3

135

9

11.25

4

180

12

15

5

225

15

18.75

6

270

18

22.5

Undergraduates: For each additional credit (up to a maximum of 12), you would work an additional 45 hours at your internship site.

Note: During the Fall and Spring, both Tempe-based and online internship courses are offered only as 15-week Session C courses. During the summer, the internship courses have a custom 12-week schedule that is dynamically dated.

Can I take an internship course more than once?

Yes, you may repeat an internship course. Keep in mind the maximum credit amount described above.

Besides my internship work, what do I need to do to earn credit in an undergraduate- or graduate-level GCU, GIS, GPH or PUP internship course?

The undergraduate internship courses (GCU, GIS, GPH and PUP 484), require:

  • Submit an Internship Plan before the posted application deadline for the term you plan to intern. Review the Internship Credit Application for more information.

  • Participation in several online discussions and a career development assignments.

  • A paper or recorded presentation summarizing your internship experience.

  • Complete a weekly work log of the hours you've accomplished during your internship.
  • An evaluation by your internship supervisor at the end of your experience.

The graduate-level internship courses (GCU, GIS, GPH and PUP 584), require:

  • Submit an Internship Plan before the posted application deadline for the term you plan to intern. Review the Internship Credit Application for more information.
  • Two short papers dealing with either research related to the internship or reflections and observations on the internship. (For students in the MUEP program, see Guidelines for PUP 584, Internship for more details)

  • Complete a weekly work log of the hours you've accomplished during your internship.
  • An evaluation by your internship supervisor at the end of your experience.
  • MAS-GIS students should consult the program's leadership for an explanation of GIS 684 Internship requirements

What internship course will I register for?

There are 4 undergraduate internship courses -- GCU, GIS, GPH and PUP 484 -- and 4 graduate internship courses -- GCU, GIS, GPH and PUP 584. You should choose the prefix that's the best match to the realm of your internship. All the undergraduate courses are combined together, so assignments for all four are exactly the same.

How do I gain approval to register in an internship course?

Submit an Internship Plan before the posted application deadline for the term you plan to intern. Review the Internship Credit Application for more information.

Term Application Deadlines

Spring (Jan - May) Due Dec 15

Summer (May - July) Due May 15

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

Who should I contact for more information about Geography, GIS and Planning internships?

If you have questions about earning credit for an internship, or other internship topics, make a Zoom or phone appointment with the SGSUP Internships & Careers Coordinator, Erin Murphy: here.  

For quick questions, email sgsup.careeradvising@asu.edu