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HONORS INTERNSHIP CREDIT

An Honors student in good standing can earn academic credit (HONS 4800H, HONS 4801H, or a departmental equivalent) for participation in an internship, under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Because the student is earning credit hours, the student must complete academic work, in addition to their intern duties. The student and faculty advisor determine what the academic work will entail (that is, the assignments), when the work will be due, and how it will be evaluated for a final course grade.

How do I get started?

  1. Find an internship and obtain an offer to work for that organization. This offer must explicitly say that the internship will involve at least 240 hours of work (for a three-credit course) or 480 hours of work (for a six-hour course).
  2. Identify a potential faculty advisor and ask if they would serve as the instructor of record (or “faculty mentor/advisor”) for your internship course. The faculty mentor will collaborate with you to determine the appropriate academic work for the internship course, and will ultimately evaluate that work and submit your final course grade.
  3. Complete and submit the Honors Internship Application through Qualtrics, as well as all required documentation, before the application deadline.
  4. Please note: The Honors College does not keep a list of available internships or otherwise connect students to internship opportunities.

Can I receive an Honors notation for a departmental internship?

Students who enroll in a departmental internship course must submit the Honors Internship Application form, and have it approved, in order to receive an Honors notation for a departmental internship course. A complete application includes all of the first three steps listed above. When the application asks for the course prefix, select "Other (this is a departmental internship course -and- I have spoken to the corresponding department"). This will prompt follow-up questions, such as the departmental prefix, course number, course registration number (CRN), and whether you would like the internship considered for Capstone or non-Capstone credit (on Capstones, see below). Students are responsible for determining the eligibility and application procedures of any departmental internship course, and for registering for that course, through the department to which the prefix corresponds.

Can I satisfy the Honors Capstone requirement with a departmental internship?

Departmental internship courses (for example, FINA 4800) can (partially) satisfy the Honors Capstone requirement, but only if the course requirements meet or exceed the requirements for HONS 4800H (see Table 1 below). Students wishing to do this will still need to submit the Honors Internship Application form, including all of the first three steps listed above, and receive approval. When the application asks for the course prefix, select "Other (this is a departmental internship course -and- I have spoken to the corresponding department)". This will prompt follow-up questions, including the option to indicate that you would like the internship to be considered for a Capstone. Students must still complete the other Capstone requirements. They are also responsible for determining the eligibility and application procedures of any departmental internship course, and for registering for that course, through the department to which the prefix corresponds.

Who should my faculty advisor be?

  • Only full-time faculty can serve as the faculty mentor for an Honors internship course. If you have someone in mind, ask them if their position is a full-time faculty appointment. Graduate students, including PhD students, cannot serve as faculty mentors.
  • Faculty mentors must be credentialed in some way that directly relates to the field of the internship -or- the assignments must be tailored to the faculty mentor's area of expertise.
  • Please note: Our office does not identify for or match potential faculty mentors with students.

Can [this thing I am doing] count as an internship?

  • An internship is a temporary position, with an emphasis on providing intentional learning objectives that align with the student’s career goals or field of study. Internship programs exist at private corporations, government offices, and nonprofit organizations. They can be paid or unpaid.
  • If you are conducting research in a lab on campus, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, please register for an undergraduate research course, not an internship course.

What is the difference between HONS 4800H and HONS 4801H?

Table 1. Differences between HONS 4800H and HONS 4801H.

Capstone/HONS 4800H Non-Capstone/HONS 4801H

Counts as part of the Honors Capstone?

Yes, in combination with approved Honors research course hours.

No. Counts as an upper-division Honors course.

Minimum work requirement

240 hours for 3 credit hours; 480 hours for 6 credit hours. Regardless of the number of credit hours taken, the course counts as one (1) Honors course.

Repeatable

No

No

Course Grading

A-F

Pass/Fail

Employment verification and evaluation

Students must submit a letter of verification with the Honors Internship Application form. This letter must (i) come from the internship organization contact, (ii) be on the organization’s letterhead -or- from an organizational email address, (iii) explic-itly state that the student will work 240 hours (for 3 credit hours) or 480 hours (for 6 credit hours) during the academic term in which the student will take the course, and (iv) indicate the internship placement, as well as its start/end dates.

Course description

As part of the application process, students will identify academic assignments, a schedule of contact between the student and faculty mentor, and other pertinent academic information. Students should discuss this material with their faculty mentor before submitting an application.

Assignment(s)

Students must complete written course work comparable to a senior-level seminar—for example, (a) significant research paper(s), a substantial literature review/analysis, or a comparable digital artifact. The assignment(s) should meet the guidelines for writing intensive coursework. Students must submit a copy of their final project to the Honors College (honors@uga.edu) in order to receive Honors credit.

Students must complete a summative reflection paper and a description of the internship, or a comparable digital artifact. Students must submit a copy of their final project to the Honors College (honors@uga.edu) in order to receive Honors credit.

After I enroll in the course, do I need to do anything further to receive my Honors credit?

Yes. At the end of the academic term, you will need to submit your final course project to the Honors College at honors@uga.edu. If the Honors College does not receive this project, the student will not receive credit.

How do I register for the course? What is the application process?

Submit the Honors Internship Application form, with all required documentation, by the application deadline. You will receive an email from the Honors College after your faculty mentor and our team approve your application. If an HONS-prefixed course, that email will contain course registration instructions (e.g., the CRN). Note that we do not give CRNs for departmental internships. We also cannot give CRNs if the application is incomplete (e.g., we do not have all documentation needed). It is the student's responsibility, once obtaining the CRN, to complete the course registration in Athena. We cannot register students for courses.

What information do I need to prepare before I start the application?

  • All applicants will need to have (a) a description of the internship (i.e., a description of the internship organization, the start/end dates of the internship, the duties you will perform as an intern, and the total hours you expect to work), (b) a list of academic assignments (including due dates and the percentage they will contribute to the final course grade), (c) a schedule of meetings between you and your faculty mentor for the academic term (including day/time, and how frequently), and (d) your faculty mentors contact information. You will want to discuss (b) and (c) with your faculty mentor before you begin the application—to increase the probability of and speed with which the faculty mentor approves the application.
  • Non-HONS course (departmental) applicants will also need to have the full course information (including prefix, course number, course registration number (CRN), and whether this will be for Capstone or non-Capstone purposes).
  • A planning worksheet can be downloaded here.

When is the Honors Internship Application form due?

  • The application is always due no later than the third day of drop/add for the semester in which the student wants to receive credit. If, for example, a student wants to take the credit in a Fall semester, the application is due on the third day of drop/add in that same Fall semester. The same is true of the Spring, Summer Extended, and Summer Thru terms. Internship courses are not available for the May, Summer Short I, or Summer Short II terms. A list of exact drop/add dates appears at http://www.reg.uga.edu/calendars.
  • Note: If taking an HONS-prefixed course, we encourage students to turn the application in much earlier than the final deadline. HONS courses require us to complete a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the student's internship site. We do this directly with the internship site, but cannot release a CRN to the student until the internship site signs the MOU. As a result, the later a student submits an HONS internship course application, the more likely that the student will need to complete additional late-add paperwork.

Can I intern in one term (e.g., summer), but take credits for it in another (e.g., fall)?

No. Internships only earn credit during the term that best aligns with the calendar dates of the internship experience.

What if I still have questions or encounter difficulty during the submission process?

Contact honors@uga.edu.

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