Academic Internship Course

The Career Advancement Center can help you create an internship search plan and show you how an Academic Internship can fit into your schedule.

Academic Internships are credit-bearing internships. Students earn academic credit for the hours spent on-site at their internship, as well as required weekly assignments supervised by an Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor. 

TIMELINE: Some employers start recruiting for student interns several months in advance! Therefore, we recommend that you meet with your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor to discuss the Academic Internship search and application process within the first two weeks of the semester prior to your planned internship, but no later than 3 weeks before the add/drop date for classes in the semester you plan to intern.

Students are also encouraged to review this Career Planning Checklist for Achieving Success in the Virtual World to assist with their career planning in a digital environment, in addition to the information provided below.

Important information concerning eligibility, Academic Internship policies, and next steps for U.S. CITIZENS, INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS on an F-1 or J-1 Visa, and TRANSFER STUDENTS may be found below.

U.S. Citizens

Eligibility

Academic Internships are available to juniors and seniors who wish to pursue an opportunity linked to their major or minor. Internships are supervised by an Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor who helps facilitate learning and self-reflection. 

  • Students must be in good judicial and academic standing by time of application and must receive academic advisor approval.
  • Students must be of junior or senior status during semester of completion.
    • Sophomores who wish to complete an Academic Internship must submit a written appeal to the Career Advancement Center. Contact cacintern@lakeforest.edu for more information.
Important Policies

As mentioned above, some employers start recruiting for student interns several months in advance! Therefore, we recommend that you meet with your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor to discuss the Academic Internship search and application process within the first two weeks of the semester prior to your planned internship, but no later than 3 weeks before the add/drop date for classes in the semester you plan to intern.

  • Students interested in pursuing an Academic Internship must first complete the Academic Internship Interest Form
  • Internship must be completed in a student’s major or minor.
  • A minimum of 1 credit and maximum of 2 credits may be awarded for each internship per semester. 
    • 1 credit = 150 hours of on-the-job experience
    • 2 credits = 300 hours of on-the-job experience
    • A student will not typically be allowed to receive more than a total of 3 internship credits during their time at the College. 
      • Exception: Students in the Lake Forest College In The Loop program can earn up to 4 internship credits, with the 4th credit being taken during the In The Loop program. 
  • Retroactive credit is not permitted. In order for you to earn credit for your internship you must complete required weekly assignments supervised by your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor concurrent with the internship experience.
Internship Timeline

The first step for all students in the internship search process is completing the Academic Internship Interest Form

The next step is to connect with the CAC. As mentioned above, some employers start recruiting for student interns several months in advance! Therefore, we recommend that you meet with your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor to discuss the Academic Internship search and application process within the first two weeks of the semester prior to your planned internship, but no later than 3 weeks before the add/drop date for classes in the semester you plan to intern.

Fall and Spring Semesters: Students should work with their Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor to secure their Academic Internship and submit their internship application no later than one week prior to the add/drop date for classes to allow time for approvals.

Summer Terms: Summer applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, the preferred registration deadline for summer Academic Internships is one week prior to the first day of the Summer 1 Term. All internship hours and required internship assignments must be completed by the last day of the Summer 2 Term, unless the student receives advance permission from their Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor. Learn more about summer internships on the Summer Internships page.

Acceptance of Offer: Once an offer has been accepted, the student is expected to stop applying for positions and decline subsequent interviews. Students must honor their commitment to their employer once they have accepted an offer. The Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor is available to help assist in evaluating an offer before accepting and committing to the position.

Start/End Dates: Academic Internships include required internship assignments. As such, internship start/end dates must coincide with those of the academic semester. Students may not start their internship before securing approval from their Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor. Any hours worked prior to the first day of classes will not count toward the required minimum. Additionally, if students complete their minimum required hours early, they may not end their internship prior to the last day of classes.

Types of Internships

Academic (for-credit) Internships:
Academic Internships are credit-bearing internships. Students earn academic credit for the hours spent on-site at their internship, as well as required weekly assignments supervised by an Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor. 

Continuation of Part-Time Job/Internship:
Internships must provide real career-building experience. Students wishing to continue an existing job or internship as an Academic Internship must show that their responsibilities have significantly changed and that the new responsibilities will give the student a sufficiently different educational/academic experience.

Remote Internships:
Typically, the bulk of internship work should take place at a physical site. However, remote internships will be considered. Students must meet with their Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor to discuss the details of the remote internship and receive approval before starting in their position.

Commission-Based Internships:
Internships based solely on commission will not be approved.

Non-Credit Internships:
Students who are not yet eligible to complete an Academic Internship, have earned all available internship credits, and/or wish to pursue an internship that does not meet the Academic Internship Program Guidelines may choose to pursue a non-credit internship, one that is not a part of our Academic Internship Program. This process is student-directed, and students may contact their CAC Internship Specialist for additional career advising support and assistance developing their search strategy. Please be aware that certain organizations only offer internships for academic credit. 

Interested? Take these steps now:
  1. Complete the Academic Internship Interest Form. The Career Advancement Center will assign you to an Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor who will help you with your internship search. 
  2. Review the complete Academic Internship Program Guidelines.
  3. Connect with your Academic Advisor to ensure that an Academic Internship will fit into your academic plan.
  4. Meet with your assigned Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor within the first two weeks of the semester prior to your planned internship, but no later than 3 weeks before the add/drop date for classes in the semester you plan to intern, to discuss the Academic Internship search and approval process. Your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor will also help you craft your resume and cover letters and prepare for interviews. 
  5. Once you have secured an internship you must contact your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor for information on how to register your internship. 

International Students

Eligibility

Academic Internships are available to international students with junior or senior status who wish to pursue an opportunity linked to their major. Internships are supervised by an Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor who helps facilitate learning and self-reflection. 

  • Students must be in good judicial and academic standing by time of application and must receive academic advisor approval.
  • Students must be of junior or senior status during semester of completion.
    • Sophomores who wish to complete an Academic Internship must submit a written appeal to the Career Advancement Center. Contact cacintern@lakeforest.edu for more information.
Important Policies

As mentioned above, some employers start recruiting for student interns several months in advance! Therefore, we recommend that you meet with your CAC Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor to discuss the Academic Internship search and application process within the first two weeks of the semester prior to your planned internship, but no later than 3 weeks before the add/drop date for classes in the semester you plan to intern.

  • Students interested in pursuing an Academic Internship must first complete the Academic Internship Interest Form
  • International students on an F-1 or J-1 Visa must complete their internship in their major.
  • A minimum of 1 credit and maximum of 2 credits may be awarded for each internship per semester. 
    • 1 credit = 150 hours of on-the-job experience
    • 2 credits = 300 hours of on-the-job experience
    • A student will not typically be allowed to receive more than a total of 3 internship credits during their time at the College. 
      • Exception: Students in the Lake Forest College In The Loop program can earn up to 4 internship credits, with the 4th credit being taken during the In The Loop program. 
  • Retroactive credit is not permitted. In order for you to earn credit for your internship you must complete required weekly assignments supervised by your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor concurrent with the internship experience.
Internship Timelines

The first step for all students in the internship search process is completing the Academic Internship Interest Form

The next step is to connect with the CAC. As mentioned above, some employers start recruiting for student interns several months in advance! Therefore, we recommend that you meet with your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor to discuss the Academic Internship search and application process within the first two weeks of the semester prior to your planned internship, but no later than 3 weeks before the add/drop date for classes in the semester you plan to intern.

Fall and Spring Semesters: Students should work with their Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor to secure their Academic Internship and submit their internship application no later than one week prior to the add/drop date for classes to allow time for approvals.

Summer Terms: Summer applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, the preferred registration deadline for summer Academic Internships is one week prior to the first day of the Summer 1 Term. All internship hours and required internship assignments must be completed by the last day of the Summer 2 Term, unless the student receives advance permission from their Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor. Learn more about summer internships on the Summer Internships page.

Acceptance of Offer: Once an offer has been accepted, the student is expected to stop applying for positions and decline subsequent interviews. Students must honor their commitment to their employer once they have accepted an offer. The Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor is available to help assist in evaluating an offer before accepting and committing to the position.

Start/End Dates: Academic Internships include required internship assignments. As such, internship start/end dates must coincide with those of the academic semester. Additionally, if students complete their minimum required hours early, they may not end their internship prior to the last day of classes.

*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS may not start their internship before receiving CPT authorization from either Erin Hoffman (F-1 Visas) or Alexandra Olson (J-1 Visas).

Types of Internships

Academic (for-credit) Internships:

Academic Internships are credit-bearing internships. Students earn academic credit for the hours spent on-site at their internship, as well as required weekly assignments supervised by an Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor. 

Continuation of Prior Internship:
Internships must provide real career-building experience. Students wishing to continue an existing internship as an Academic Internship must show that their responsibilities have significantly changed and that the new responsibilities will give the student a sufficiently different educational/academic experience.

Remote Internships:
Typically, the bulk of internship work should take place at a physical site. However, remote internships will be considered. Students must meet with their Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor to discuss the details of the remote internship and receive approval before starting in their position.

Commission-Based Internships:
Internships based solely on commission will not be approved.

Non-Credit Internships:
International students are not eligible to complete non-credit internships.

Interested? Take these steps now:
  1. Complete the Academic Internship Interest Form. The Career Advancement Center will assign you to an Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor who will help you with your internship search. 
  2. Review the complete Academic Internship Program Guidelines.
  3. Employment authorization is required for international students before they start their internship:
    • F-1 Visa international students, contact Erin Hoffman, Associate Dean of Students (x5200 or hoffman@lakeforest.edu).
    • J-1 Visa international students, contact Alexandra Olson, Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office, (x5231 or aolson@mx.lakeforest.edu). 
  4. Connect with your Academic Advisor to ensure that an Academic Internship will fit into your academic plan.
  5. Meet with your assigned Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor within the first two weeks of the semester prior to your planned internship, but no later than 3 weeks before the add/drop date for classes in the semester you plan to intern, to discuss the Academic Internship search and approval process. Your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor will also help you craft your resume and cover letters and prepare for interviews. 
  6. Once you have secured an internship you must contact your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor for information on how to register your internship. 

Transfer Students

Eligibility

Transfer students must complete at least one semester on the Lake Forest College campus before pursuing an Academic Internship.

Academic Internships are available to transfer students of junior and senior standing who wish to pursue an internship linked to their major or minor (Note: International students on an F-1 or J-1 Visa must complete their internship in their major only). 

Internships are supervised by an Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor who helps facilitate learning and self-reflection. 

  • Students must be in good judicial and academic standing by time of application and must receive academic advisor approval.
  • Students must be of junior or senior status during semester of completion.
    • Sophomores who wish to complete an Academic Internship must submit a written appeal to the Career Advancement Center. Contact cacintern@lakeforest.edu for more information.
Important Policies

As mentioned above, some employers start recruiting for student interns several months in advance! Therefore, we recommend that you meet with your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor to discuss the Academic Internship search and application process within the first two weeks of the semester prior to your planned internship, but no later than 3 weeks before the add/drop date for classes in the semester you plan to intern.

  • Students interested in pursuing an Academic Internship must first complete the Academic Internship Interest Form
  • Internship must be completed in a student’s major or minor.
  • A minimum of 1 credit and maximum of 2 credits may be awarded for each internship per semester. 
    • 1 credit = 150 hours of on-the-job experience
    • 2 credits = 300 hours of on-the-job experience
    • A student will not typically be allowed to receive more than a total of 3 internship credits during their time at the College. 
      • Exception: Students in the Lake Forest College In The Loop program can earn up to 4 internship credits, with the 4th credit being taken during the In The Loop program. 
  • Retroactive credit is not permitted. In order for you to earn credit for your internship you must complete required weekly assignments supervised by your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor concurrent with the internship experience.
Internship Timeline

The first step for all students in the internship search process is completing the Academic Internship Interest Form

The next step is to connect with the CAC. As mentioned above, some employers start recruiting for student interns several months in advance! Therefore, we recommend that you meet with your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor to discuss the Academic Internship search and application process within the first two weeks of the semester prior to your planned internship, but no later than 3 weeks before the add/drop date for classes in the semester you plan to intern.

Fall and Spring Semesters: Students should work with their Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor to secure their Academic Internship and submit their internship application no later than one week prior to the add/drop date for classes to allow time for approvals.

Summer Terms: Summer applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, the preferred registration deadline for summer Academic Internships is one week prior to the first day of the Summer 1 Term. All internship hours and required internship assignments must be completed by the last day of the Summer 2 Term, unless the student receives advance permission from their Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor. Learn more about summer internships on the Summer Internships page.

Acceptance of Offer: Once an offer has been accepted, the student is expected to stop applying for positions and decline subsequent interviews. Students must honor their commitment to their employer once they have accepted an offer. The Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor is available to help assist in evaluating an offer before accepting and committing to the position.

Start/End Dates: Academic Internships include required internship assignments. As such, internship start/end dates must coincide with those of the academic semester. Students may not start their internship before securing approval from their Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor. Any hours worked prior to the first day of classes will not count toward the required minimum. Additionally, if students complete their minimum required hours early, they may not end their internship prior to the last day of classes.

Types of Internships

Academic (for-credit) Internships:Academic Internships are credit-bearing internships. Students earn academic credit for the hours spent on-site at their internship, as well as required weekly assignments supervised by an Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor. 

Continuation of Part-Time Job/Internship:
Internships must provide real career-building experience. Students wishing to continue an existing job or internship as an Academic Internship must show that their responsibilities have significantly changed and that the new responsibilities will give the student a sufficiently different educational/academic experience.

Remote Internships:
Typically, the bulk of internship work should take place at a physical site. However, remote internships will be considered. Students must meet with their Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor to discuss the details of the remote internship and receive approval before starting in their position.

Commission-Based Internships:
Internships based solely on commission will not be approved.

Non-Credit Internships:
Students who are not yet eligible to complete an Academic Internship, have earned all available internship credits, and/or wish to pursue an internship that does not meet the Academic Internship Program Guidelines may choose to pursue a non-credit internship, one that is not a part of our Academic Internship Program. This process is student-directed, and students may contact their CAC Internship Specialist for additional career advising support and assistance developing their search strategy. Please be aware that certain organizations only offer internships for academic credit. 

*International students on an F-1 or J-1 Visa are not eligible to complete non-credit internships.

Interested? Take these steps now:
  1. Complete the Academic Internship Interest Form. The Career Advancement Center will assign you to an Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor who will help you with your internship search. 
  2. Review the complete Academic Internship Program Guidelines.
  3. Connect with your Academic Advisor to ensure that an Academic Internship will fit into your academic plan.
  4. Meet with your assigned Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor within the first two weeks of the semester prior to your planned internship, but no later than 3 weeks before the add/drop date for classes in the semester you plan to intern, to discuss the Academic Internship search and approval process. Your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor will also help you craft your resume and cover letters and prepare for interviews. 
  5. Once you have secured an internship you must contact your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor for information on how to register your internship. 

*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS on an F-1 or J-1 Visa: 
Employment authorization is required for international students before they start their internship:

  • F-1 Visa international students, contact Erin Hoffman, Associate Dean of Students (x5200 or hoffman@lakeforest.edu).
  • J-1 Visa international students, contact Alexandra Olson, Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office, (x5231 or aolson@mx.lakeforest.edu). 

Internship Specialist/Faculty Internship Supervisor Contact Information

To earn credit for an Academic Internship, students must work with an Internship Specialist/Faculty Internship Supervisor in their major/minor area of study. International students must pursue their internship in their major area of study only.

*Choose the Career Pathway below, related to your major/minor, to view Internship Specialist/Faculty Internship Supervisor contact information.

Business and Finance

Economics/Business/Finance, Mathematics, Computer Science

Vernard Lockhart
Internship Specialist
847-735-5235
lockhart@lakeforest.edu

*Schedule an appointment via Handshake. Need help scheduling an appointment? View our Handshake Help Page here.

Creative Arts and Communication

Art, Art History, Communication, English, Music, Music Education, Theater

Danielle Kelly
Internship Specialist/Pathway Leader
847-735-5235
dkelly@lakeforest.edu

*Schedule an appointment via Handshake. Need help scheduling an appointment? View our Handshake Help Page here.

Law and Public Service

American Studies, Area Studies, Asian Studies, Foreign Languages, History, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Sociology and Anthropology

Ben Rohde
Internship Specialist/Pathway Leader
847-735-5235
rohde@lakeforest.edu 

*Schedule an appointment via Handshake. Need help scheduling an appointment? View our Handshake Help Page here.

Science and Health Care

Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Neuroscience, Physics, Pre-Health 

Pauline Binder-Finnema
Pathway Leader - Research Internships (excluding Psychology)
847-735-5235
pbinderfinnema@lakeforest.edu

Jyoti Rao
Internship Specialist (excluding Research and Psychology)
847-735-5235
jrao@mx.lakeforest.edu

*Schedule an appointment via Handshake. Need help scheduling an appointment? View our Handshake Help Page here.

Psychology

Psychology, Neuroscience
More information

Kathryn Dohrmann
Faculty Internship Supervisor
847-735-5245
dohrmann@lakeforest.edu

*Schedule an appointment with Professor Kathryn Dohrmann directly at dohrmann@lakeforest.edu.