Academic credit varies by department at CU Boulder. There are many options for students. First, check with your academic advisor or visit your academic department’s website. If you are required to receive credit by your employer, CSVC 1000 provides alternative credit opportunities.
Internships for academic credit are not offered, but they do offer a co-op (cooperative education) program. Learn more here.
College of Music
College of Music has academic credit for internships through the Entrepreneurship Center for Music. Meet with your academic advisor for more information.
Environmental Design Program
Internships for 1–3 credits are only available to upper-class students with a CU GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Leeds School of Business
Leeds does not offer internships for academic credit. The one-credit CSVC 1000 internship class will provide credit, so students can be eligible for their internship.
School of Law
School of Law offers externships for academic credit for doing substantive legal work with a government or nonprofit agency.
If you are unable to get credit through your major and your employer requires credit, you can sign up for an extra credit internship class through Career Services, CSVC 1000. This is a one-credit, pass/fail class that does not under any circumstances count toward your graduation requirements. The only requirement for this course is that you must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours during the semester that you participate in the internship (or for summer internships, you must be enrolled in 12 credits during the following fall semester).
For information on CSVC 1000, please contact April Abernethy.
Internship Learning Plan
The Internship Learning Plan form is for students who are participating in an unpaid, noncredit internship. This agreement must be completed, signed and returned to Career Services in order for the internship to be sponsored by CU-Boulder. This sponsorship includes workers’ compensation insurance coverage by the University of Colorado for nonpaid internships only.