Academic Credit


Please refer to the "Steps to Getting Approval for Internship Credit" to find the application webform

Please note: All steps should be completed well in advance of the start of your internship. No approval will be granted after you have started your internship.

What is an internship?

An internship is a short-term, hands-on, supervised work experience with a professional organization. It provides the student with an invaluable opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom to real world problems and enables the student to broaden his or her understanding of the field.

An internship is more than a part-time job or volunteer experience; it includes:

  • Specific learning goals and outcomes designed to increase the student’s knowledge
  • Training to hone existing skills and develop additional ones
  • Supervision from the host organization to guide and mentor the intern

Can a student obtain credits for an internship?

Students who pursue approved internships may also gain up to 3 credits towards their degree upon the completion of a major topical paper.

Arts internships require a minimum of 150 hours of work with an approved host institution or organization and are generally 8-12 weeks in duration. Upon completion of the internship, the student who wishes to gain academic credit must submit a major topical paper that discusses an aspect of their internship from an academic perspective.

Normally, the internship takes place in the summer and the internship course takes place in the following fall semester. Students who choose to do an internship during fall/winter semester, are encouraged to meet with an Arts Internship Office Advisor prior to start of internship. Please note that in a case of internships not taken place during the summer, one would expect that internship hours during the fall and winter semester would normally be 150 hours, 10-15 hours per week (maximum of 20 hours).

Please note: the academic requirements may vary between departments and programs. The vast majority of departments and programs in the faculty offer an Internship Course. These courses are only open to students in good standing who have completed 30 credits of a 90-credit program or 45 credits of a 96-120 credit program. A minimum CGPA of 2.7 and Departmental approval are required. Please note that some departments have different or additional requirements, and these courses may not always fulfill program requirements for seminar or 400-level courses.

Finally, please note that some departments may only recognize the internship course in terms of credits towards electives, rather than towards program requirements. You would then need to check with both AIO and your department to find out more details about getting possible credits for the internship.

For ARTH 490, see the instructions on the credit page.

Students may gain 3 credits (per internship/per organization) upon the completion of an internship course. Students may not take more than 6 credits of internship courses toward the completion of their B.A or B.A & B. Sc. Degree requirements.

Steps to Getting Approval for Internship Credit

Please note: All steps should be completed well in advance of the start of your internship. No approval will be granted after you have started your internship.

Internship Academic Credit Application Web Form

  1. The student obtains a written confirmation of their internship from their host organization (letter or e-mail). This should briefly outline the duties as an intern, the learning goals and outcomes of the internship and the duration of the internship.
  2. The student confirms that their department or program has an internship course and familiarize themselves with the requirements and deadlines for receiving internship course credit (on this page of the AIO website).
  3. Well before the start of the internship, the internship must be vetted and approved by the Arts Internship Office (AIO) by submitting the documents below via the Microsoft web form:
    1. Faculty of Arts Internship for Academic Credit Form (New Version)
    2. A copy of the letter of confirmation from the student’s internship host organization
    3. Completed Personal Data Form
    4. Unofficial transcript (download from Minerva)
  4. If the internship is approved by AIO, the student should find a McGill professor in their department who will agree to supervise the academic component of the internship course credit [except for ARTH 490].
    * Tip: Discuss possible research topics related to your internship. It can be beneficial to get to know the research and teaching interests of the professors in the program. Professors' interests are often listed on departmental websites.
  5. The supervising professor and their program Director or Undergraduate Program Director then need to sign the Academic Credit Form to confirm their approval of the internship course.
  6. Students must send the duly signed Academic Credit form to aio [at] as well as their departmental program coordinator or advisor to get a permit override to register for the internship course for credit. Once a permit override for the course is granted, the student must register themselves for the internship course in Minerva (for the semester following the internship).
  7. Read the Handbook for Faculty of Arts Interns to familiarize themselves with the responsibilities as an intern.
    * For summer internships, students must attend the All-Interns Meeting (Responsibilities & Guidelines) in the spring. For internships done outside of the summer, the student must meet with the AIO.
  8. If the student is travelling outside of Canada for the internship, they are required to complete the mandatory the Pre-Departure Orientation - prior to start of internship.
  9. If the student is travelling outside of Montreal for the internship, they are required to register on the mandatory McGill Student Travel Registry - prior to start of internship.
  10. If the Internship Course research will involve human subject research, please discuss this with the supervisor and review McGill's Research Ethics Requirements.
  11. Student conducts the internship (over one semester, minimum 150 hours).
  12. Within two weeks of the completion of the internship, the student emails to aio [at] the completion letter from their internship supervisor attesting to the successful completion of their internship.
  13. The following semester (after the internship is complete), the student ensures that they are registered for the internship course and completes the work under the supervision of a professor.
    *Students should only contact their academic supervisor about any academic related questions.

Internship course credit is available for students in a number of departments in the Faculty of Arts. Please refer to the list in the left hand menu to see if your department offers the internship course and to review the requirements.

For BA students majoring in Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics, Psychology, Environment, or Software Engineering.

The Science Industrial Practicum is available to BA students majoring in Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics, Psychology, Environment, or Software Engineering. Please make sure to visit the Field Studies and Internship office website to find specific information and eligibility criteria for the program.

Please note that the students in the Faculty of Arts do not have access to the Internship Year in Science nor the Science Internship Program Designation. The Industrial Practicum option (FSCI 200/300) is available during the fall, winter, and summer terms.

Information for International Students:

Arts international students are not eligible to complete a full-time internship in Canada during the fall or winter terms. Eligible Arts international students majoring in the above-mentioned disciplines can apply for the Industrial Practicum (FSCI 200/300) only in the Summer term. Students must maintain full-time registration status (12 or more credits) during the previous winter term and the following fall term after the completion of the summer internship. For further information on the eligibility requirements to work in Canada as an international student, please consult the International Student Services website.

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Post-Secondary Co-op/Internship Program

What is a Post-Secondary Co-op or Internship Program? The Co-operative Education and Internship Program (Co-op/Internship) is the primary vehicle through which federal organizations can recruit post-secondary students for a work term. An internship is a supervised, on-the-job training assignment designed to give students the skills and knowledge required for entry into a trade or profession.


  • Must be a McGill full-time undergraduate or graduate student, returning to their current registered faculty in the semester following the internship
  • Must receive academic credit for the internship
  • Must meet all eligibility of the host organization
  • Must be paid

For more information regarding student eligibility, visit the Post-Secondary Co-op/Internship Program page.

Students must receive approval to participate in a PSC-approved internship. For questions regarding specific student eligibility, email the Arts Internship Office.

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