What is co-curricular credit?
Barnard College believes learning occurs in the classroom as well as outside of the classroom, through work and volunteer experiences. The purpose of an internship is to develop the skills necessary to become a qualified, well-rounded and educated individual. To help assist in the development process, Career Development offers an internship program to help facilitate internship and co-curricular experiences. Students may receive co-curricular credit, which documents their experience and may be used to satisfy provisions set by organizations that require academic credit in order to secure an internship.
Will I receive credit for an internship? What if an internship requires that I receive credit?
Although Barnard does not award academic credit for internships alone, that does not prevent students from participating in an internship that requires credit. A student can obtain a letter from Career Development stating that she will be participating in the internship under the Barnard College Internship Program and will receive co-curricular credit for the internship.
In order to receive a co-curricular credit letter, students must download, complete, and submit the co-curricular credit letter request form to Career Development. This letter is sufficient for most internship sponsors. Please allow three business days to process the letter.
Arrangements may sometimes be made to receive academic credit through combining an internship with an academic class or a course of independent study. Please speak with a faculty advisor about creating independent study courses with internship components.
Is funding available for unpaid internship positions?
Students engaged in unpaid internships are eligible to apply for an Alumnae and Donor Sponsored Internship Grant. Please consult the funding opportunities section of our website for information on funding resources for your internship