As a general rule, the University of Pennsylvania does not grant academic credit for internships. You may, however, find that some employers require unpaid interns to receive academic credit due to fair employment labor regulations. Please see the information below for your particular school concerning this situation. (Some students have also found enrolling in an internship course at a local community college can be a viable option.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Although The College does not provide academic credit for internships, students can have an internship notation placed on their transcript. Details can be found here.
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Students should discuss with their academic advisor the possibility of arranging an independent study around the internship if credit is desired/required.
For students in need of a letter for their internship – of support, confirmation of enrollment, etc. – such requests must be submitted through the “Request for a Letter” link through the Research & Academic Services Office in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Please note letters, depending on their requirements, complexity and/or the length of the request queue, will take a MINIMUM of two business days to generate. Questions regarding letters should be directed to email@example.com.
Please contact Sharon Fleshman with questions.
Management 891: Curricular Practical Training
Wharton Undergrads who will complete a business related internship in a country other than their home country or who are required by their employer to use their unpaid summer business experience as credit toward their degree may enroll in MGMT 891-900, Curricular Practical Training. This is an online course focused on developing leadership skills in targeted areas of need through daily lessons and assignments. Content area topics include managing work and time, effective decision making, motivating and directing, effective teamwork, and negotiating, among others. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis, is only offered in the summer, and may only be taken once. Student must be entering junior or senior year at Wharton at the conclusion of the internship to be eligible for the course. Registration for MGMT 891 will open after spring break. Please check back for more information at that time. Please email David Ross in the Career Services office once you have registered if you need a written letter confirming your enrollment in the course for your internship employer.
Independent Study Option
Students may apply to complete an independent study related to the internship. Note, however, that students are graded on the academic outcome of the independent study such as an academic paper or a project, not the internship experience itself. To arrange an independent study, students need to develop an academic plan for the internship, find a faculty member to supervise them, pay normal tuition for the credit, and have the independent study approved by the Petitions Committee. You can find out more about arranging an independent study from the Wharton Undergraduate Advising Office and by clicking here. Career Services staff can write a letter explaining the policy to employers for you. Please contact David Ross for details.