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About School of IAS Internships
An academic internship is one of the most rewarding things you can do while you are a UW Tacoma student. Internships develop your problem-solving skills, sense of responsibility and initiative — traits valued by employers and graduate schools.
Before you commit to an internship, ask yourself:
- Why do I want to do an internship?
- What is my area of interest?
- How does the internship relate to my degree program?
- What do I want to learn from an internship?
- How much time can I commit to an internship?
REGISTRATION TIMELINE: Your paperwork must be submitted by the 8th day of the quarter to receive an entry code from the SIAS office. Visit the SIAS Entry Code page for more information.
How do I register for an internship?
The basic steps:
- Find an internship.
- Find a faculty supervisor.
- Fill out the SIAS Internship Learning Agreement available on the Internship Forms page.
- Bring the internship learning agreement to the SIAS office: WGC 424. You'll be emailed an entry code to register.
- Register for an internship just as you would any academic course. For more details on the registration process and the academic requirements during an internship, see below.
Does the School of IAS provide internship placements?
No. Students are expected to find their own internship site. The SIAS Internship Program Manager may know of internship openings in your major and can help you with ideas.
Who should I ask to be my faculty supervisor?
A faculty member who knows you; try someone you have taken a class from where you did well. Your faculty advisor may be willing to do it.
What is the required number of hours to earn my credit?
Generally, three (3) hours per week for 10 weeks equals one (1) credit, or a total of 30 hours.
|Credit Hours||Hours Worked per Week|
How many credits can I earn for internships?
A student can receive 1-10 credits for an internship, but can only register for 5 credits per quarter. An internship can be done more than one quarter to earn up to a total of 10 credits. All of the credits may not count toward a student's major; some of the credits may have to be counted as elective credits. It depends on what your major allows and what courses you already have taken. Please contact your academic advisor to see how the credits can be applied.
Can my internship be more than one quarter (for example summer and fall quarters)?
Yes, if your faculty supervisor and site supervisor agree to it. You can earn the same number of credits each quarter, for example, 5 and 5 to equal 10 total credits, or split the number of credits any way that it makes sense for your internship project.
Each quarter requires a new internship learning agreement. For example, if you do an internship for summer and fall quarters, you need to fill out a learning agreement and register for the internship for each of those two quarters.
How do I fill out the learning objectives on the internship learning agreement?
Begin with asking yourself why you want to to the internship, and what you want to learn. Then define three main things you want to learn. When you meet with your faculty supervisor to discuss the internship you should talk about the learning objectives. The objectives will outline what you and your faculty supervisor sets as your educational goals for the internship. They should reflect what tasks the site supervisor has assigned to you; "task 'A' will help me to learn, understand and develop skills in..."
Can I earn credit for an internship I have already done?
No. Retroactive credit for an internship will not be granted. The work must be academically approved before you begin and guided by a faculty supervisor while you complete the experience.
Do I have to pay tuition for an internship?
Yes. An internship that earns academic credit is the same as taking any other academic course.
Can I do my internship this summer and register for the credits this fall?
We strongly discourage this, but if it is a financial aid hardship it can be done with the approval of the faculty supervisor.
The internship I am applying for requires a resume and cover letter. Where can I find help writing these documents?
The UW Tacoma Career Development office in MAT 106 can help you with a resume and cover letter. In addition, UW Seattle offers students online help with resumes and cover letters. Check out the Career Guide and Online Streaming Workshops the Seattle Campus Career Center web page.
Internship Course Numbers & Available Credit
|INTERNSHIP COURSE NUMBER||GRADING OPTIONS|
|TCOM 490||Credit/No Credit|
|TESC 496||Credit/No Credit|
|TBIOMD 496||Credit/No Credit|
|TIAS 496||Credit/No Credit|
|TMATH 496||Credit/No Credit|
|TNPRFT 490/590||Graded for Practicum|
Contact Katie Baird to initiate the process
|Graded for capstone project|
This internship is paid and competitive.
|Graded for capstone project|
|TPSYCH 496||Credit/No Credit|
|TSPAN 496||Credit/No Credit|
While a student can receive 1-10 credits for an internship, they can earn up to only 5 credits per quarter. All 10 credits may not count toward their major: some credits may count only as electives. Contact your academic advisor to talk about the best way to use these credits. TPOLS 497 students can receive up to 15 credits for the Washington State Legislative internship.
We recommend students complete internships during their junior or senior year within the last 90 credits of their degree program.
UW Tacoma's Institution to Institution Internship Program (I2I)
These positions are PAID and competitive.
The I2I program is designed to provide year-long internships to current students while providing transformational professional and educational experiences that directly relate to career goals. Students have the option of earning academic credit and should consult with their program and academic advisor for details on degree planning. All students selected for these internships must have a faculty advisor with whom they meet with on a regular basis, regardless of whether they are earning academic credit or not.
For more information, contact Dawn Williams in The Career Development Center.