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Earning Academic Credit for Internships | Rutgers Internship and Co-Op Course (RICC)

Earn Elective Credit for Your Internship or Co-Op

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  • The Rutgers Internship and Co-Op Course (RICC) is a 3 or 6 credit general elective course that students can take concurrently with an internship or co-op experience in order to earn academic credit for it. The course is housed in Canvas and is an asynchronous course with 3 virtual synchronous meetings throughout the semester. Students must earn a Pass grade by earning at least 70 points on Assignments and by submitting all required evaluations & documentation.

    • Must secure an internship before applying to the course
    • Jan-May and/or Sept-Dec : Internship must last for a minimum of 120 hours over a minimum of 10 weeks
    • Jun-Aug : Internship must last for a minimum of 120 hours over a minimum of 6 weeks
    • Co-Op must be a 30+ hour a week role for a minimum of 20 weeks during one academic semester (Jan-June or July-Dec)
    • Rutgers University-New Brunswick undergraduate student
    • 2.5 +GPA
    • 30+ credits by course start
    • Transfers must have completed 12 credits at RUNB before course start. Appeals can be sent to internships@echo.rutgers.edu
    • Apply here!
    • The electronic application consists of a portion that you fill out, and then an email is sent to your supervisor for them to fill out regarding the role itself. Once the supervisor portion is submitted, your application is considered complete.
    • Applications can take anywhere from 2 to 7 business days to review, depending on what information is needed. Keep an eye out in your email for any questions or clarifications requested.
    • If approved, you will receive an email from internships@echo.rutgers.edu detailing instructions on how to register for the course in WebReg or for further next steps.
  • Usually, most opportunities will meet the requirements of the course.  We look to allow for a learning focused role, complete with mentorship, feedback and the ability to ask questions. The focus should be this as a professional development experience- not just you doing tasks. Click here for a list of items that we will typically ‘red-flag’ in an application. Feel free to email internships@echo.rutgers.edu for questions and clarification.

     

  • You sure can! You don’t have to earn credit for your internships- but if you choose to take a course, it will offer you an advocate in terms of professional development, academic support, and career development preparation for your next role!

  • YES. Employers cannot issue academic credit- only an academic program can. So- if your employer says that you can earn credit for the internship, that means that they are willing to do the required documentation to help you pass the course. You must take/enroll in a course to earn academic credit- just like any other class at Rutgers.

  • No. Students are responsible for finding their own opportunities prior to applying for the course. However, our office is happy to assist with this! You can schedule an appointment with one of our advisors, visit our Career Studio or search on Rutgers Handshake for on and off-campus internship and job opportunities.

What are Your Options to Earn Credit for your Internship?

Depending on the School and major, Rutgers University-New Brunswick students will have choices as to which credit-for-internship classes they can take. First- determine what type of credit you need. If you are required to complete a core, major or school requirement, you should reach out to your academic department to determine the correct course that will satisfy that requirement. We suggest fulfilling this requirement FIRST before pursuing general elective credit options. Remember that these courses are just like any other at Rutgers, and you’ll need to register for them before the add/drop week of the semester that you take the course. Each course and program have different requirements, so it’s best to reach out the semester prior to learn more.

The Rutgers Internship and Co-op Course is a pass/no credit general elective course (offered through SAS by Career Exploration and Success) that any eligible undergraduate student at Rutgers New Brunswick can take. This course does provide elective credits towards graduation but does not offer a letter grade towards the GPA. It does NOT fulfill core requirements towards schools, technical credit, or major credit. Email internships@echo.rutgers.edu for questions or concerns. The link to the application for RICC is on this page.

Other options for students to consider may include:

We urge you to talk to your academic advisor about your options, and kindly remind you that this list is manually updated- so recent unannounced changes may not be reflected here.