Credit for a Sustainability Internship
After securing an internship, you may be eligible to register for undergraduate- or graduate-level internship credit. Please note that internship credit is currently only available to undergraduate majors or graduate students in the School of Sustainability.
Sustainability minors and other majors with a concentration in Sustainability should discuss credit options with their academic advisor.
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Where do I find an internship?
To learn about strategies and resources for finding an internship, please see Finding an Internship.
What qualifies an experience for School of Sustainability internship credit?
The School of Sustainability Internship & Experiential Education Specialist screens each internship very carefully to make sure it fits our academic requirements. Please review the Internship Handbook for specific details on what defines an internship. In general, an experience will probably qualify as an internship if the student’s work allows him/her to participate in substantive sustainability-related activities that are carried out in a professional setting under the guidance of a mentor. In addition, the intern’s work should make a meaningful contribution to the agency, organization or company.
If you have secured an internship through a source other than SustainabilityConnect , please contact the Internship & Experiential Education Specialist as soon as possible to begin the review process.
Do internship courses count toward graduation requirements?
The short answer is yes. School of Sustainability students may earn either SOS 484 or SOS 584 credit towards graduation requirements. Please refer to the Internship Handbook for detailed information on credit hours, grading and options.
Depending on the catalog year, sustainability undergraduate students may either be required to do a capstone internship, or be allowed to pursue an internship as one of their capstone options. You should review your program’s capstone requirements and discuss them with your academic advisor if you are uncertain what your degree requires. All undergraduate students have the option of pursuing an internship for elective credit at any time.
Graduate students in the Master’s in Sustainable Solutions degree program have the option of completing their capstone through an internship. All sustainability graduate students also have the option to pursue an internship for elective credit. Please discuss your plans ahead of time with the Graduate Academic Success Coordinator.
Why do some School of Sustainability programs require an internship?
Internships provide hands-on, practical experience in a professional setting. An internship allows you the opportunity to apply knowledge gained through lectures and coursework to real-life situations, all while enhancing your classroom education and preparing you for the professional world. Each semester, we receive positive feedback from students who say that their internship was an essential part of their education, and who thank us for requiring it.
How many hours do I need to work at my internship site in order to earn credit?
Before beginning an internship, you should commit to a certain number of hours. The minimum required for School of Sustainability credit is 135 worked hours for undergraduate students and 160 worked hours for graduate students.
If I register for credit hours and my internship is off-campus, what am I paying for?
There is an academic course component to the internship credit. In addition to the work you are doing at the internship site, you are completing assignments and participating in a course similar to other ASU classes. You receive a grade which counts in your GPA.
Significant resources are devoted to internships. The Internship & Experiential Education Specialist is involved in all student internships from beginning to end. The coordinator advises students, evaluates sustainability internships, develops internship opportunities and information, reviews internship agreements, checks pre-requisites and registers students for necessary courses, and conducts site visits and evaluations. In addition, the specialist maintains contact with students and supervisors through e-mail, telephone, written reports and evaluations. When the semester comes to a close, the specialist reviews all materials submitted by students and supervisors, conducts interviews as needed and assigns grades.
Are there any restrictions I should know about?
We have found that students who try to complete an internship during their first semester at ASU are not as successful in their classes or the internship itself. Our internship providers also expect a certain level of sustainability knowledge, which typically comes after taking at least one semester of coursework in the sustainability program. Therefore, undergraduate students may register for internship credit only after completing SOS 110 and 111, as well as at least one semester at ASU. Graduate students may register for internship credit after completing SOS 510.
Students planning to register for Undergraduate Capstone or MSUS Capstone will have additional pre-requisites in place. Please work with the Internship and Experiential Education Specialist to determine eligibility.
How do I register for internship classes?
After you have found an internship, begin the registration process by contacting the Internship & Experiential Education Specialist. You will need to complete all of the required forms with your internship supervisor and return them to the School of Sustainability in order to receive an override for either SOS 484 or SOS 584.