Internship Information

For-Credit Internships are designed to allow students to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to professional settings. These opportunities are meant to utilize the curriculum from a student’s major to directly contribute to a student’s completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree.


Emerson College offers a few types of internships:

4, or 8 Credit Internships

2 Credit Internships (Graduate Students)

1 Credit Internships


Interns are expected to comply with the Emerson College Code of Conduct in all interactions.

To ensure that an experience – whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely/virtually – is educational and eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) definition, all the following criteria must be met:

  • The experience must apply knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not simply advance the operations of the employer or be the work a regular employee would routinely perform.
  • The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end in addition to a job description with desired qualifications.
  • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  • There is supervision by a professional with expertise in a educational or professional background in the field of the experience. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning goals.

Click here for more information on the U.S. Department of Labor’s policy on Unpaid Internships.


There is an academic course associated with taking a credit-bearing internship. You MUST REGISTER & PAY for the internship Course no later than the internship registration deadline – see the deadlines for 2 credit, 4 & 8 credit, and 1 credit internships.

Please note that Internships cannot be done within your minor.

Students should expect to:


Identifying a host site is as simple as searching through LionHire or keeping an eye on our Featured Jobs & Internships here on Careerbuzz. Host sites must also meet the following requirements:

  • Organizations must comply with the Emerson College Anti Discrimination and Anti-Harassment policies in all interactions with the student intern.
  • Students must be provided with a safe workspace in a professional office.
  • No more than 25% of the intern’s tasks involve clerical work.
  • Interns must perform appropriate tasks which do not include maintenance duties or personal errands for employees.
  • Interns must not be required to use personal automobiles for duties at or related to the internship or intern site.
  • Organizations must submit TWO performance evaluations to the student intern’s Departmental Internship Coordinator during the course of the semester.
  • Organizations must be aware of particular rules which preclude them from giving International Students any form of compensation in for-credit, non-paid internships. This includes gifts, freebies, or transportation passes.

Disclaimer: Students cannot complete a credit-bearing internship with an organization that is also their current employer.


International Students are offered the same options of completing either a for-credit or paid internship.

If registering for a for-credit internship, make sure your internship supervisor has signed off on a for-credit internship. If your supervisor offers any form of reimbursement (gifts or transportation passes), you must acquire Curricular Practical Training (CPT) approval.

CPT is required for paid-internships.

For more information on CPT approval, contact International Student Affairs.