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International Academic Internships

Wheaton students may participate in and receive academic credit for individual international opportunities including internships. Please contact your academic department for details, as requirements may vary.

In addition, Wheaton students have the opportunity to participate in a vocational practicum/internship experience not offered through a major or minor department and receive academic credit for the experience.

International Academic Internships

Students are encouraged to consider the possibility of completing an internship for academic credit towards their selected major; however, students must have reached junior status and have completed at least 16 hours in their major (or minor or certificate program) before requesting an internship.

An internship is a work-related learning experience which is incorporated into a student's academic program. It gives the student an opportunity to integrate theoretical learning in a major area of study with actual work experience. It is intended to enhance educational goals, expand job skills, and guide career decisions. The internship may be completed for 2-8 credit hours (0 hours for Christian Education and Ministry) under the direction of a faculty advisor and an employer supervisor.

To earn credit, the internship must be in the major (or minor or certificate program). No more than 12 hours of internship credit can be taken toward a degree, and no more than eight hours can be counted toward a major. No more than eight hours can be earned for the same internship experience. Billing for internship credit is at normal tuition rates.

A minimum of 40 clock hours of work experience is required for one academic credit (e.g. a 4-hour internship would require a minimum of 160 clock hours of work experience). Depending on the nature of the internship, a department might expect or require more than the minimum required hours.

Information for an anticipated International Internship or Fieldwork in Summer 2021

All students who would like to receive academic credit or funding (grants/scholarships/financial aid) from Wheaton College for a summer international internship or fieldwork must be approved by the College to do so. To begin the process for summer 2021 during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, students should complete this on-line form to receive feedback on whether their anticipated placement location is eligible for review. Please note that only an in-person international internship or fieldwork placement that is essential to complete an academic requirement or an internship in a student's home country can be considered for review; GPS will verify the essentiality of the placement with the appropriate academic department. 

The current College international travel policy does not endorse student travel to any location with high or extreme medical/security risk during a global pandemic. However, for locations where the Dept. of State Level 3 (or lower) Travel Advisory and COVID-19 warnings remain in effect but local conditions meet other College risk mitigation and tolerance levels, the College may approve travel on a case-by-case basis. Location(s) must undergo multiple College committee reviews and approval; approval of student travel is not guaranteed and all College decisions are final. Please be aware that all approved locations will continue to be monitored and Wheaton can withdraw approval at any time if conditions change/deteriorate in-country.

The on-line form will remain accessible until March 1, 2021. (The deadline has passed and the on-line form is closed.)

If the planned internship location is eligible for review, students will need to register in GoGlobal and complete the first phase of the application process and additional questions by March 1, 2021.

Please contact the Global Programs and Studies (GPS) office for support. The GPS office is located in SSB 240 (2nd floor, Bookstore building). GPS can be reached at gps@wheaton.edu or 630-752-7309.