Carroll College, Helena Montana

Get Academic Credit

Why Get Credit?

Different students have different reasons.  Maybe your are looking to have a unique experience, or want to build your resume or learn a new skill.  It might be required in your major! Maybe you need more elective credit and want to explore a career opportunity.  Perhaps you have a job that relates to your major, why not get credit for it?

What Makes an Internship Academic?

During an academic internship, you are being asked to design your own course of learning, in essence, to develop your own syllabus for what you want to learn and how you will learn it.  Therefore, the more you plan what you want to learn, the more likely it will come about.  Your internship is an opportunity to put theory into practice and compare what you are learning in the classroom with your experience out of the classroom. Don’t worry – you will have help! Unlike a regular class you will have two teachers – your site supervisor and your faculty advisor.  Both of them will help you plan your internship. 

How do I register?

Unlike a regular class you will not be able to register through MyCarroll.  Internship applications are submitted into the online system, Saints Connection.  Before you can submit your application you will need to create an Internship Proposal.  Each internship will have unique elements and academic assignments.  Your Internship Proposal will need to be approved by your Site Supervisor and Faculty Internship Advisor before you can submit through Saints Connection.

What is a Faculty Internship Advisor and how do I get one?  Credit for internships is granted through an academic department.  Basically, in order to receive credit your internship must relate to your academic major or minor.  The faculty advisor serves as a mentor for you and assists you with developing an Internship Proposal.  Each department has an assigned internship advisor – it may not be the same as your academic advisor.     

I am ready to register my internship for Academic Credit- Now What?

First - talk with your Faculty Internship Advisor. They will help you determine credit, grade requirements, internship course number and other important information.

Next - read through the student instructions and learn how to register and familiarize yourself with academic requirements.  

How to Register for Academic Credit - Start Here

Register in Saints Connection


Once your Online Approval Form is complete:

  • Your site supervisor and faculty internship advisor (the Faculty Internship Advisor may be different than your Academic Advisor) will receive an email from us prompting them to approve your learning agreement.
  • You will be registered for credit (if credit is being given)
  • An electronic evaluation form will be sent you you and your work supervisor at the end of the internship.

Please contact Career Services Internship Coordinator with any questions by email

How many credits can I register for?

It depends.  Each internship will be unique.  Internships must be a minimum of 8 weeks or they can be for the whole semester.  Here is the formula for determining credits.

1 Credit


42/hrs of work (3 hrs week)

2 Credits


84/hrs of work (6 hrs week)

3 credits


126 hrs of work (10 hrs week)


When do I register? Register the semester before (just like you do now!).  Internships can sometimes take several months to establish – so start early!

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