Questions about elective internship options at GW?

If you have a question or would like more information on UNIV 2001, contact [email protected]; for CCAS 2154, contact [email protected].

Internship Credit & Recognition

for Undergraduate Students

Internship Credit

Students often enhance their academic learning, explore career options, and gain professional experience through internships.  Many students earn credit for internships through their majors, earn elective credit through CCAS 2154, or participate in the elective internship course through the Center for Career Services, UNIV 2001.
The following information highlights university internship opportunities and resources:

University-wide Internship Elective Options

UNIV 2001:  Elective Internship

Summer 2019
Application Deadline: May 24, 2019
Online Course Dates: June 3-July 29, 2019

This online course, taken concurrently with a paid or unpaid internship in the U.S. or abroad, facilitates structured observation, reflection and synthesis of experiences during the internship so that students may learn what to expect from and how to succeed at the internship; explore and assess career skills and strengths; critically examine the values, structure, and leadership of the internship organization; and identify and practice professional behaviors in the workplace. 

Note: This course is for elective credit which will be noted on the student’s transcript but will not count toward graduation.


The course is taught by the professional career coaching staff at the GW Center for Career Services, and is offered in the summer.   

  • During the academic year, a full-time undergraduate program is defined as 12-17 credits per semester.  Undergraduates may elect to apply 1 credit hour of the 12-17 credit hours toward UNIV 2001.
  • Undergraduates taking more than 17 credit hours per semester will be charged at the rate of 1 credit hour for each credit hour exceeding that limit.
  • For the summer course, undergraduates will be charged only an administrative fee of $50.00.


GW undergraduates who have earned 30 hours of academic credit and are in good academic standing.

UNIV 2001 Course Syllabus - Summer 2019

UNIV 2001 Student Learning & Employer Agreement - Summer 2019


If you would like more information, contact us at [email protected].

Columbian College of Arts & Sciences Elective Internship Options

CCAS 2154: Elective Internship

Contact CCAS Advising for additional questions

CCAS Academic Department Internships

Information about potential internship opportunities housed within CCAS academic departments. Students should consult with their academic department of interest to inquire about internship opportunities that may not be represented on this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which internship option is right for me?

  • UNIV 2001 offers elective credit which will be noted on a student’s transcript and will not count toward graduation.  An administrative fee of $50 is charged at registration.  (Summer only)
    • Requirements include:  Reading assignments, weekly reflection, career assessment activities and a minimum number of intern hours.
  • CCAS 2154 offers credit toward graduation and the cost varies per the number of credits at the usual hourly tuition rate.
    • Requirements include: identifying a faculty advisor, readings and completion of a research paper and a minimum number of intern hours.
  • Internships through your majors are offered during the fall and spring semesters.
  • For the UNIV 2001 course, contact your respective advising office or the Center for Career Services for information about internship credit toward graduation assessment activities and a minimum number of intern hours.  

How do I register for UNIV 2001?

Contact the Center for Career Services for more information: [email protected]

How do I register for CCAS 2154?

Visit the CCAS Internship page, complete the application, and submit to the CCAS Advising Office prior to the end of the 4th week of classes.

How do I register for an internship through my major?

Contact your academic department to learn about the internship credit options in your program.

I’m a first-year student and I would like to earn credit for an internship.  How do I register for CCAS 2154 or UNIV 2001?

  • CCAS 2154 and UNIV 2001 require that you have completed 30 credit hours to participate in either of the courses.

I need a letter of verification for my employer that I will receive credit for my internship. Is that something you provide me?

  • CCAS 2154: You will need to provide the employer information and what is required for the letter in an email to [email protected] with the deadline for the letter. CCAS will write a verification letter for you. Allow 3-5 business days to process the verification letter.
  • UNIV 2001: The CCS will write a letter verifying that you are enrolled in UNIV 2001, a 1-credit elective course.  You will need to provide the employer contact name, address and information about the deadline in an email to [email protected].  Allow 3-5 business days for the letter to be completed.        

Where do I find listings of internships?

Handshake job & internship listings

Handshake: This online job and intern listing system allows GW students and alumni exclusive access to their own personal employment management center. All full-time, degree-seeking GW students and alumni and thousands of employing organizations are registered in Handshake. For more information and assistance contact [email protected].

GW Internship Resources

Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF)

The GW Career Services Council established KACIF to encourage GW students to pursue high-quality, necessarily unpaid internships that foster their career exploration and enhance their academic program, while reducing the financial challenges associated with unpaid internships. More information on KACIF.

Shenkman Career Services Fund - Student Career & Professional Development Grant

This grant augmetns and advances the goal of the university’s Career Services Enhancement Initiative to strengthen the overall career culture at GW. Through a generous donation made by Board of Trustees member Mark R. Shenkman, M.B.A. ‘67, and his wife Rosalind, these grants provide opportunities for students to engage in career and professional development activities that may be considered cost-prohibitive. More information on the Student Career & Professional Development Grant.

Career Coaching

Professional career coaches from the Center for Career Services are experienced at working with students in career development, employment advising, internship preparation, interview skills and document preparation. Coaching appointments are available for all degree-seeking GW students and alumni through either the Center for Career Services or through individual school-based career centers.  More information on career coaching.

Programs and Events

Register and attend dozens of career and internship fairs, career development workshops, networking receptions and employer information sessions.  More information on career programs and events.

Mock Interviews

An interview is your opportunity to articulate your skills, abilities and accomplishments that best match the attributes of an ideal candidate. To  learn how to develop your interview skills: 

International Student Assistance

The GW Center for Career Services and school-based career centers support the career and employment goals of GW students and alumni.
  • Through targeted programs and services, international students identify career interests and build job skills to succeed in the U.S. or in their home country.
  • The Center assists international students seeking part-time opportunities, internships, Curricular or Optional Practical Training, or employment, within the limitations of U.S. immigration and labor regulations.
  • To get started, the International Student Career Ambassadors (ISCAs) assist fellow international students with peer-to-peer career advising, including resume and cover letter critiques.