Internship Course Information

The courses listed on this page will get you elective Arts & Sciences credit toward your degree. If you are looking to get credit toward your major or minor for an internship, please check the Schedule of Courses to see what internship courses are offered by your academic department. 

Fall 2024 Internship Credit:

Students in class

For internships external to UVM, or with a UVM entity such as an academic department or administrative office, you'll enroll in course number CAS 2991.*

  • Section A is for students with any kind of internship and is open to all majors. 

*If you are interning with the Community News Service or the Communities of Practice, please see their corresponding page to find the correct course number for these programs.

Registration Instructions for CAS 2991 A

Step 1: Enroll in CAS 2991 A 

Step 2: Edit the amount of credit you are enrolled in - IMPORTANT

  • CAS 2991 defaults to 1 credit. It is very important that you edit the amount of credit after you enroll. Enroll for 1 credit per 40 hours you plan to work at your internship. (PDF Instructions).

Step 3: Complete the Required Forms:

The information below is not necessary for registration, but might be helpful for your planning:

  • Please note that this class is listed as hybrid as most of the work will be done independently on Bright Space; however, you will be required to meet four times in person through the semester.
  • The meeting weeks are as follows:
  • For each of these meeting weeks there will be five time options to choose from. You only need to attend one timeslot per week. The times are as follows:
  • Location for meeting days: 

    If you have a scheduling conflict you will coordinate with the course intstructor, Andy Elrick at

If you are registering for CAS 2991 A after open enrollment: you need to complete this brief form so that we can process an override.


Summer Internship Credit

Do you have an internship that runs between May and August? Enroll in CAS 2991 OL1 to earn credit. Please reach out to Kelly Smith with any questions. 

Registration instructions

Step 1: Enroll in CAS 2991 OL1

  • Please note that you will need to pay UVM summer tuition. See current rates here

Step 2: Adjust the number of credits

  • This course is variable credit. You will need to edit the amount of credit after enrolling. Enroll for 1 credit per 40 hours you plan to work at your internship. The assignments for this course will be completed entirely online. (PDF Instructions).

Step 3: Complete the required forms:

  • College of Arts & Sciences Internship Credit Information Form
  • Your internship site supervisor should review and sign the UVM Internship MOU. They will automatically get an email with a link to the forms once you complete the CAS Internship Information Form (above), but a follow-up reminder from you will be very helpful! Please direct any questions to Kelly Smith.

Is your internship under/unpaid? 

If so, apply for CAS summer internship funding! Explore the webpage for more details and eligibility information. 

Do I qualify for internship credit?

You ARE eligible for internship credit if your internship is... 

  • Paid (either by the organization, via UVM internship scholarship, or via external scholarship or stipend)
  • Unpaid*
  • Remote
  • In-Person
  • Hybrid (some remote and some in-person work)

*If your internship employer does not offer to pay you at least minimum wage, you might ask them about other forms of compensation. Some internships offer stipends, which is a fixed amount of money delivered in a lump sum, used to cover expenses (e.g. a $1,000 stipend for the semester). Other allotments may include housing, food, or vouchers for gym memberships, bus passes, etc. It can’t hurt to ask and credit is available for internships under all of these arrangements.

Internships that qualify for credit are...

  • ... one-time experience lasting 1-10 months
  • ... distinguished from a job or volunteer work by a defined "learning agenda" that structures the experience and allows the student to get a real sense of the larger structure and impact of the organization on the community, clients, or other stakeholders
  • ... supervised on-site by a dedicated mentor who will ensure the student completes their "learning agenda" and is supported throughout the experience
  • ... not interchangeable with positions that the company or organization would normally hire a part-time worker for (i.e. a cashier, stockist, or cleaning position with no additional learning opportunities or observations of higher-level work)

Internships for credit must be with companies or organizations that are able to sign our UVM Internship MOU (i.e. legal entities or sole proprietorship with proper insurance coverage).

If you have questions about whether your internship will be eligible for credit through UVM, please reach out to to talk with our Internship Team!

Internships vs. Research Positions

It can be tricky to tell the difference between Internship and Research positions, especially if the position title is ambiguous! 

  • Research positions allow students to participate in the planning, conducting and/or reporting of a research project that leads to the creation of original knowledge in the discipline. The focus is on making an original intellectual or creative contribution and positions are often supervised by faculty members.
  • Internships are undertaken with the purpose of furthering career-related skills at an organization or company whose primary mission is commercial or nonprofit in nature and which has clients, stakeholders, or other beneficiaries.

If you are undertaking a research position, contact your department to find out how to earn credit for your work! 


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College of Arts & Sciences Internship Credit Policy:

The College of Arts & Sciences follows the University Policy on Academic Internships with the following clarifications (as of April 2016):

A maximum of 12 hours of internship credit may be counted toward the B.A. or B.S. degree. Individual departments determine whether internships count toward the major and minor. Students are expected to either enroll in an internship course or work independently with a faculty member to design a readings and research project that complements the internship activity. Internship work must be done during the same semester in which the student is enrolled for internship credit.

Please read the full CAS Internship Policy to ensure your internship qualifies for credit.

What is CAS 2991?

CAS 2991 is an elective internship course that you complete in conjunction with an internship experience. The course aims to help you connect your experience to your academics and complete essential professional development work, like resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Your assignments will include: 

  • Reflections
  • Resume
  • Linked In Site
  • Tracking Hours
  • Informational Interview
  • Supervisor Evaluation