Carroll College, Helena Montana

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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?

Students have the option of pursuing academic credit for an internship.  What is the difference between doing an internship and getting academic credit for an internship? 

An internship experience can offer the benefit of career exploration and be an excellent resume builder, but it is important to remember that academic credit is awarded for both the work experience and meeting your learning objectives.  The purpose of an academic internship is to better understand the theories, ideas, and practices of your discipline or major by actively engaging in a "hands-on", work-based, learning experience.  Through an Internship Proposal you will define your job duties and develop measurable learning goals. 

Let's Get Started!

The first step is to create an account in Saints Connection.  Once you sign up for Saints Connection you can search for internships, apply to jobs and register your internship for academic credit.  Once you have created an account then you are ready for the next step!

How to register for an Academic Internship

  1. It's electronic!  Register your internship online using the "Saints Connection".  If you do not have an account you will need to register.

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

How does the process work?

Develop an Internship Proposal

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 Nisan Burbridge, Career Services Internship Coordinator with any questions by phone at 406.447.5465 or email at

What is an academic internship?

An academic internship is a supervised work experience taken for academic credit.  It forms an academic relationship between a student, faculty advisor, and cooperating organization.

  • An internship must relate directly to classroom work in order to qualify for academic credit.
  • An internship may be a single semester experience, or it may continue for longer than one semester; it may be paid or unpaid.
  • Must be a minimum of 8 weeks.
  • For every (1) credit you must complete 42 hours at the internship.  (Internships are typically 1-3 credits -  a 3 credit internship will complete 126 hours over a semester - approx 10/hrs week)
  • Each academic department has a faculty internship advisor (not your academic advisor).
  • Internships are approved and monitored  by the Faculty Internship Advisor. 
  • Student will be required to complete additional academic components for the internship.
  • Student must develop an internship proposal for the experience.
  • You must register for each individual semester.

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