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Earning Credit for an Internship

Students may be eligible to earn credit for internships. However, it should be noted that Employers cannot directly offer or guarantee academic credit for their internship.  Instead, Portland State students are required use the Credit by Arrangement process, in which they must identify a faculty or academic sponsor who is willing to oversee the internship and verify its creditworthiness.

Also note that students must pay for the credits they earn if an internship is approved for credit. Internships are generally limited to four credits.  The number of credit hours earned and the resulting cost to the student is relative to the number of hours spent working in an internship.  Typically, a total of 40 hours of work is required to earn one academic credit, which means a student must complete 160 hours of work (16 hours per week over a 10 week term) for four credits.