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How to Gain Credit for an Experience

Internships

What is internship credit for?

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The primary purpose of doing an internship is to better understand the theories, and practices of your discipline by actively engaging in a hands-on, work-based, learning experience. It is important to remember that academic credit is awarded for the learning achieved, not for the work experience alone.

Learn The Next Steps

What is EXP+?

Along with academic credit, you can fulfill part of the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBCs) through Experiential Learning ( EXP+) which is a course or learning activity in which the student applies knowledge and skills in a real-world setting.

Have a question about earning credit as an international student?

Visit the Visa and Immigration Services Website and schedule a meeting with your international advisor to learn more.

Contact Us

Kristen Pelekanos
Experiential Learning and Internship Coordinator
Kristen.Pelekanos@stonybrook.edu

You got an internship! What's Next?

  • 1. Accept

    Students must have applied, been offered and accepted an internship position before requesting permission to enroll.  Please note, students cannot enroll through both options for the same experience in one semester.

    Learn More About Finding an Internship

  • 2. Choose
    Options to Receive Credit/EXP+ for an Internship

    There are two ways to receive credits for an internship or experience. Please note, students cannot enroll through both options for the same experience in one semester.

    Career Center’s EXT 288/488/588

    • Experience/internship can be related or not related to your major
    • General academic credit
    • Faculty sponsor from any department
    • Class option for lower-division (288), upper-division (488), and graduate (588)
    • Includes on-campus and off-campus opportunities
    • EXT courses may not satisfy CPT requirements for international students, but a few exceptions may apply*.  Visit Visa and Immigration Services with any questions.

    Departmental Major (Non-EXT)

    • Experience would be directly related to your major or minor
    • Academic credit toward your major
    • Faculty sponsor from your major department
    • Class options may vary by department
    • International students applying for CPT need to enroll under their academic department, but a few exceptions may apply*. Visit Visa and Immigration Services with any questions.

    *If the academic major/department doesn't have an internship course, as long as the EXP+ requirement has not yet been met AND the internship is directly related to the student's major, students are eligible to register under EXT courses.

  • 3. Request

    A student must request and be granted permission to enroll. Students must be completing the internship/experience until the end of the semester they are requesting to enroll for credit. Please note, students cannot enroll through both options for the same experience in one semester.

    Going Through the Career Center Next Steps

    If your experience is not directly related to your major, you can go through the Career Center’s EXT courses (processed through Handshake) to request permission to enroll for credit/EXP+.

    Learn How to Earn Credit Through the Career Center

    Going through Major Department Next Steps

    If your experience/internship is directly related to your major and you would like to receive academic credit within your major’s department, you would reach out to your major advisor to review the process of getting permission to enroll for credit/EXP+ through the department.

    Contact Your Major Advisor