Launch: Academic Credit Approval Process

Step 1: Apply for internship positions or summer research programs

  • Students are encouraged to independently arrange their internships. Some options are posted in our BIOL careers Newsletter email sent to students every 2-4 weeks or are on Handshake or on our Internship and Summer Resources Program page, but students are free to seek opportunities beyond those listed there. Need help? Contact the Launch Internship Program Director to get started.
    • Make sure to put some thought into your applications. Schedule time in to work with the Career Services Center to perfect your resume and cover letters.
    • Speak to your faculty advisor to get help and feed back on your applications.

Step 2: Apply to have your internship approved

  • Once you have identified an internship or summer research program opportunity, complete the online application to the Launch Internship Program to have the internship approved towards earning academic credit. 
  • Credit-bearing internships must be approved by the Launch Internship Program Director prior to the start of the internship. It is important that students discuss whether the internships they are considering to apply for or accept are eligible for biology and environmental studies credit with the Launch Internship Program Director. Internships will NOT be considered for credit retroactively.

Step 3: Complete your Internship and the Courses

  • Register for and complete BIOL/INES 3986/3987 (0 cr.) during the semester or summer of your internship or summer research program. 
  • Register for BIOL/INES 4987 - Applying the Internship Experience (3 cr.). This course may be taken concurrently with your internship or in the semester directly following your internship or summer research program experience.

For more information about the Launch Program and the requirements to earn academic credit for your internship, contact:

Dr. Rosemary Stuart
Launch Internship Director

Wehr Life Sciences, 309