Academic Internships


(Courses numbered 398, 498)

An extensive internship program allows juniors and seniors to meet academic and career goals through a supervised work-learning opportunity during fall, spring, or summer terms. Qualified students may earn up to 16 credit hours of academic credit at a College-approved work site. During the summer, however, a maximum of eight credit hours may be earned. Each intern is assigned daily responsibilities, reflection assignments, and a term-long project supervised by a faculty member in the intern’s major. The grading system for internships is “credit/no credit;” the hours earned are not included in calculation of a student’s GPA.

The staff of the Career Development Center assists students in identifying and contacting appropriate work sites, and monitors the progress of each individual internship. To be eligible to register for an internship, a student must meet all the requirements for admission to the Internship Program as stated in this catalog (see “Academic Policies” section), including completion of 28 credits (by the start of the internship) with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher (at application), OR completion of 56 credits (by the start of the internship) with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher (at application).

Career Development staff will make every effort to support qualifying students in their search for an internship and in the process of application and site approval. However, students must be aware that internships are competitive and that the Internship Program is a cooperative venture with organizations outside the College. The College, therefore, cannot guarantee placement for every internship candidate. All placements are subject to approval by the Career Development Center and the relevant department chair. In past years, sites have included government agencies, biological laboratories, art galleries, human service agencies, and business organizations.

The internship enrollment process requires planning and commitment on the part of a number of individuals; therefore, students must apply, identify a site and faculty sponsor, and complete the required learning agreement in the semester preceding the internship.


In partnership with The George Washington University (GWU) Graduate School of Political Management, a select group of St. Mary’s students has the opportunity to enroll in two courses in applied politics at GWU and to intern on Capitol Hill. The program is open for the spring and summer semesters.

In partnership with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, qualified St. Mary’s students can intern for credit in Washington, D.C. in the summer, fall, or spring semester. Internship placements are available in a wide variety of career fields.


Courses in several departments include field- or service-learning components as required or optional parts of their coursework. Students interested specifically in a field studies course in education should consult with the Educational Studies Department. Courses designated as having a field experience can be found in the listings of the Psychology and Educational Studies Departments, among others. The Career Development staff is available to help faculty and students with site placement for these courses.