Internship for Credit



An internship is a career-related, educational, work experience where a student takes on a role as a worker in an organization.  Internships provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, the chance to “test” various careers and work environments, the opportunity to identify and develop career-related skills and abilities, and also provide a chance to connect with professionals for future networking.  The experience is intended  to help prepare students for a career by adding to their resumes and expanding their knowledge beyond the classroom.  It is expected that proposed internships be related to a student’s academic major with an opportunity to apply what has been learned in major coursework.

Note: Internships are “work experience.”  The position a students hold to gain this work experience may not be called an “internship” and most are not.  From the employer’s perspective most of these positions are consider part-time and are titled as any other employment opportunity is.

Though the Department of Geography offers student’s the opportunity to earn credit for a structured work experience either as an employment position or a position identified as an internship, students are not required to complete such an experience for credit.  Of most importance is for a student to gain appropriate work experience prior to graduation in support of their goals after graduation.  Many students build their resume without taking a credit course in conjunction with that work experience.

Academic Guidelines for Internship Credit

Atmospheric Sciences 4191 and Geography 4191 are the online courses that provide students the opportunity to earn academic credit for their internship experiences. 

  • Students can earn 1-5 credit hours for their experience. 
  • Internships for credit are normally paid, although exceptions can be made with permission from the professor. 
  • Interns are required to work a minimum of fifty (50) hours for each one (1) credit hour.  Hours per week vary based upon length of academic term and credit hours to be earned.
  • Hours must be completed within the semester of enrollment for ATMOSSC 4191 or GEOG 4191.
  • Grades for the course are based on the reports submitted by the supervisor and completion and quality of the student assignments.  The course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U).
  • Students must have completed 12 credit hours within their major before they can enroll in ATMOSSC 4191 or GEOG 4191.
  • Students can enroll in GEOG/ATMOSSC 4191 multiples times on the condition that the workplace/employer differs. 
  • Enrollment in GEOG/ATMOSSC 4191 is for a single internship. Multiple internships cannot be combined to meet the hours requirement. 

The organization where the student is interning is required to complete a final performance evaluation for the Department of Geography.

Process to Enroll

Students seeking to enroll in AtMOSSC 4191 or GEOG 4191 should complete the following:

  • Research and seek out work or internship opportunities (Students are responsible for securing their own internship experience.)
  • Secure the work/internship position (Student should inform the supervisor of the intent to pursue internship credit and the need to complete learning objectives for and to evaluate the work experience.)
  • Complete the ATMOSSC 4191/GEOG 4191 Enrollment Form
  • Submit the completed Enrollment Form to the Geography Department Internship Coordinator
  • If the internship is approved, the student will work with the Geography Academic Advisor to enroll.

The deadline for Submission of the ATMOSSC 4191/GEOG 4191 Enrollment Form is 10 business days prior to the start of the term to allow sufficient time for instructor review and enrollment by start of term.

Internship Coordinator

If you have questions about submitting a work experience/internship for credit, please contact the Internship Coordinator, Dr. Nancy Ettlinger at


Documents for Information and Enrollment

Download the form below for a fillable PDF.  Form must be typed for submission.

Campus Resources

Center for Career and Professional Success (ASC Career Success)

  • Access Handshake (OSU’s online database of internships and jobs)
  • Meet with a Career Coach to begin building career readiness competencies, identifying and mapping your career goals, and prepare for a lifetime of success!
  • Utilize workshops and career fairs to prepare and find an internship

To utilize the Center for Career and Professional Success effectively

  1. Have a resume review done during walk-in hours
  2. Set up a profile (with resume) on Handshake
  3. Schedule an appointment with a Career Coach (completed resume required)
  4. Engage with the numerous career preparation programs, networking events and career fairs offered


Career Counseling and Support Services

Younkin Success Center, 2nd Floor