Internships refer to work experiences, both with and without credit, which are part of curricular programs at the university. These work experiences may be referred to as cooperative education, internship, clerkship, externship, field experience, or practicum. The Curriculum Council and the Graduate Council endorse internships as an appropriate learning experience of academic value if properly planned and supervised.
The course numbers 410, 510, and 610 are reserved for internship-type courses. Assigned credit should be commensurate with the academic learning experience, rather than just on-the-job experience.
To encourage educational quality in the use of internships carrying graduate credit, the Graduate Council endorses the following criteria:
Graduate-level internship courses may be offered on either a graded A-F or P/N basis (see policy on Grading Mode).
To propose a new internship course, submit a Category II proposal.
Proposals for new internships should address issues such as supervision, the content and clarity of contract or other agreement with the student and participating agency (including work description), the maximum number of credit, the relationship of credits to hours of work, the kind of academic performance expected (papers, seminars, reading and conference, examinations, or the like), and the evaluation of the student's performance.
Though brief, the course description should clearly indicate the nature, method of supervision, and evaluation of the work-study experience.
The proposed work experience should not duplicate credit already awarded, either at OSU or at another institution.