Getting Credit for Volunteer Work

Students can get academic credit for approved volunteer work via IPHY 2910 (Practicum in IPHY) if they are freshmen or sophomores, or via IPHY 4930 (Internship) if they are juniors or seniors. IPHY 4940 (Clinical Internship) is also available, but has very specific additional requirements. Any combination of IPHY 2910, IPHY 4930 and IPHY 4940 can be used to reach the 6-hour maximum credit to count toward the IPHY major, but only 6 hours combined from all three courses will count toward the major.

45 hours of volunteer work are required for each academic credit. See the Information Videos page for more details about the program. You can see the list of past internships for examples, and the internship and employment opportunities page for recent openings (use the drop-down menu to select "volunteer positions"). The forms can be downloaded here:

Steps to Follow for IPHY 2910 and IPHY 4930

  1. First, find the internship setting and get a brief letter from your supervisor stating what the time commitment will be and what duties will be performed. This information can also be emailed to Ruth Heisler (Ruth.Heisler@Colorado.edu). Once the internship is completed, your supervisor must verify the number of hours completed. If you need help finding an internship, contact Career Services (303-492-4129), or for health-related internships go to http://advising.colorado.edu/prehealth/.
  2. Second, find an IPHY faculty member to be your sponsor. Work with your sponsor to determine what kind of academic project will be required for the credit. This is typically a paper, but there is a lot of flexibility in what is acceptable. When in doubt, contact Ruth Heisler. Have your faculty sponsor sign the form and then submit the form to Ruth Heisler for approval. The departmental staff will then enroll the student. Note: Internship paperwork must be filed before the Add deadline, so be sure to leave enough time for this.

Steps to Follow for IPHY 4940

  1. First identify a clinical supervisor and find out whether the internship requires an Affiliation Agreement with CU Boulder. Affiliations currently exist with Boulder Community Health, Children’s Hospital, and Univ of Colorado Hospital. If you cannot find that information, contact ruth.heisler@colorado.edu.
  2. Second, if an Affiliation Agreement is required and is in place, contact ruth.heisler@colorado.edu to find out the documentation requirements. These will vary according to the clinic or hospital, but will commonly include proof of insurance, evidence of specific immunizations, HIPPA training, Infection Control training, criminal background check, drug test.
  3. Third, contact Ruth Heisler (Ruth.Heisler@Colorado.edu) to serve as your faculty sponsor and to determine what kind of academic project will be required for the credit. Note: All internship paperwork must be filed and approved before the Add deadline, so be sure to leave enough time for this.

Applications for Specific Internships

See the internship and employment opportunities page for current internship opportunities. Application forms for internships that recur periodically will be placed in the list below.