Internships allow students to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom in a professional setting. These opportunities are the perfect way to use the concepts you learn from your major to gain hands-on experience. You may complete internships either with or without academic credit from Emerson College. Please note that for-credit internship proposals must be submitted to the Career Development Center for review and approval processing. Students may not receive retroactive credit.

International Students must receive CPT authorization through the Office of International Student Affairs for all internship experiences, paid or unpaid. Please see our CPT Guide here.

For-Credit Internship Types:

3 Steps to Pursuing an Internship for Credit:

  1. Secure an Internship
    Utilize Handshake to search for, apply to, and secure an internship, or find one on your own (i.e.,,
  2. Submit a Proposal
    Once you have received an offer, submit an Experience Proposal to the Career Development Center through Handshake. Your internship supervisor and your Emerson Faculty internship course instructor will be sent your proposal for review.
  3. Register for the Corresponding Internship Course
    499 or 690 – Select the internship course that corresponds with your major.
    PDE 1001-credit (all majors)

Remember: You are enrolling in a course. This course has assignments and homework and bears tuition costs. Read the Class Terms & Requirements.

How to Submit Your Experience Proposal:

Deadlines for 4 & 8 Credit Internships*:

Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020
Soft Deadline August 23, 2019 January 3, 2020 May 8, 2020
Registration & Approval Deadline: September 8, 2019 January 14, 2020 May 18, 2020
Internship Start Date: 9/4 – 9/10 1/14 – 1/21 5/18 – 5/22
Mid-Term Evaluations 10/22 – 10/26 3/16 – 3/20 7/6 – 7/10
Internship End Date: 12/17 5/1 8/14 
Grading Period 12/17 – 12/19 5/1 – 5/4 8/14 – 8/17

*Please review the Professional Development Experiences sheet for PDE-specific deadlines.

Still have questions?

Review our Internship FAQ’s document or schedule an appointment with your career counselor.

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