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Internship Requirement

High-quality internships foster student development by bringing theories and classroom-based learning to life in real-world settings. Furthermore, internships give students the opportunity to explore careers related to their major, gain relevant experience in their field(s) of interest, and develop a better understanding of what is expected in a workplace by performing the tasks of a professional.

Students in the School of Human Ecology are required to complete an internship as part of their degree requirements. This means that the student will work in an internship, while simultaneously taking a 3-credit internship course.

Read on for more information about the internship-for-credit criteria and process.

Searching for an Internship

Looking to develop an internship search strategy? Use this worksheet to plan out your strategy and search plan, and check out our Job & Internship Search Resources page to start the process.

Internship-for-credit criteria and process

Students must:

  • Be enrolled in one of the six SoHE majors.
  • Have at least junior standing (54 credits completed prior to the internship).
  • Have completed prerequisite coursework if applicable.
    • Community & Nonprofit Leadership: N/A
    • Consumer Behavior & Marketplace Studies: Cnsr Sci 257
    • Human Development & Family Studies: N/A
    • Interior Architecture: DS 322
    • Personal Finance: Cnsr Sci 275
    • Textiles & Fashion Design: N/A
  • Work a minimum of 150 hours at the internship site.
  • Have an on-site supervisor that is not a relative.
  • Develop and complete an independent project.

Internships must:

  • Directly relate to the major.
  • Provide a clear and detailed job description.
  • Emphasize training, learning, and development.
  • Not include more than 25% solicitation or prospecting, sales associate duties or cashiering, or clerical/reception duties.
  • Occur while student is enrolled in the internship course.
  • Last at least 12 weeks in the fall/spring and 6 weeks in the summer.


  1. Meet with your Career Advisor to develop an internship search plan about 6 months before you plan on completing the internship.
  2. Begin searching for an internship a few months before your desired start date.
  3. Apply, interview, get hired.
  4. After you’ve accepted an internship offer, complete the internship verification form (https://go.wisc.edu/sohe-internform) no later than 1 week before the semester begins. If you need an extension, please reach out to careers@sohe.wisc.edu.
  5. Once you submit the verification form, your supervisor will be emailed a form to get their approval as the supervisor of your experience. Once we receive that form, we will begin to review your internship verification form submission.
  6. To check the status of your Internship Verification Form, visit the Status Checker (https://go.wisc.edu/sohe-interncheck).
  7. If your internship is approved, you will be emailed with permission to add the concurrent internship course for your major (3 credits) to your schedule on or after your enrollment appointment time. The internship courses do not fill up, so there is no pressure to get into the class at your enrollment appointment time.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Does the experience need to be called an internship to be considered for credit?

No. We focus primarily on the role/duties and the training provided when reviewing experiences for approval.

Am I taking an actual course?

Yes. Students with approved internships must enroll in the appropriate 3-credit internship course and complete assignments while engaged in the internship. A letter grade is assigned upon completion of coursework and required internship site hours. Students must commit to the full course duration regardless of the internship duration.

When can I take the internship course?

Internship courses are offered in fall, spring, and summer.

Can I do more than one internship for credit?

Yes. Students can take the internship course in their major up to 2 times, assuming the second internship meets the criteria and is a distinctly different experience than the first.

We encourage students to complete multiple internships, but only one needs to be taken for credit.

When is the deadline to apply for credit?

Students must submit the internship verification form no later than 1 week prior to the start of the term in which they enroll in the internship course. Internships do not need to be secured by a student’s class registration date since the courses are permission only.

If you need an extension on the internship verification form, please reach out to careers@sohe.wisc.edu.

Do I have to pay tuition?

During the academic year, students will see no cost difference if enrolled in 12-18 credits. During the summer term, students pay for 3 credits, but there are many scholarship opportunities available. Tuition rates can be found here  and information on scholarships can be found on our Scholarships page.

Can I do a virtual internship for credit?

Yes! Virtual or remote internships are a great way to practice what you’re learning in the classroom and build professional skills. To ensure a quality experience in the virtual environment we will ask additional questions about supervision, communication, and feedback in your internship verification form.

Check out our Virtual Internships Resource Guide for more tips to succeed in the virtual/remote environment.

Can I get paid for my internship?

Absolutely! Students may take an internship-for-credit and get paid. While a paid internship is not required, we encourage students to seek out opportunities where they will be fairly compensated for their time and contributions.

If your internship is not compensated, chat with your career advisor about our SoHE Internship Scholarships.

Internship sites around the world

Students at the School of Human Ecology participate in internships around the world. The map to the right showcases the internship sites over the past year. To learn more about the internship sites and employers, expand the map in the upper right hand corner and filter by your major!

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Personal Finance

Interior Architecture

Human Development & Family Studies

Cnsr Behavior & Marketplace Studies

Community & Nonprofit Leadership

Textiles & Fashion Design