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Rutgers Internship and Co-Op Course (RICC)

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Accordion Content

  • 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
    • Summer applications open Spring Break and close on 6/25.
    • Fall applications open in April and close ion 9/10.
    • Spring applications open in November and close in January
    • 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. Your supervisor should fill this out and submit it. Once the supervisor portion is submitted, you'll receive their response, and you can complete part three. Once part three of the application is submitted, your application is considered complete and review-ready!
    • 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 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 for questions and clarification.

    If you are working at an organization that also employs a family member, please note that you will need to be supervised by a different, eligible individual at the organization.

  • 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, or search on Rutgers Handshake for on and off-campus internship and job opportunities.

  • The 3 credit Internship course runs 3x a year:

    • Spring class runs from approx. late January through mid-May.
      • Students apply between November and January
      • Students must register by the end of January.
    • Summer class runs from approx. late June through mid-August.
      • Students apply between March and June
      • Students must register by the end of June.
    • Fall class runs from approx. mid-September through mid-December.
      • Students apply between April and September
      • Students must register by mid-September.

    The 6 credit Co-Op Course runs 2x a year:

    • Spring class runs from approx. late January through mid-May
      • Students must register by the end of January
      • Students must work (paid) 30+ hours a week for a minimum of 17 weeks between January through May to qualify for the 6-credit version of the course.
    • Fall class runs from approx. mid-September through late December
      • Students must register by the middle of September.
      • Students must work (paid) 30+ hours a week for a minimum of 17 weeks between September and December to qualify for the 6-credit version. 
  • Visit and click on the appropriate application that aligns with the semester that they will be interning! Students must apply to the course and have their entire application approved before they can register for the course. 

  • Students apply to RICC after they have secured their internship position but before the end of Registration for that semester. Students cannot register mid-semester for an internship course.

    • Student secures internship and discusses with supervisor to ensure that the supervisor can support the student’s course needs.
    • Students determine if they are eligible to take RICC.
      • New Brunswick undergraduate full time student (Only exception is for students who needs less than 15 credits to graduate- they do not have to be full time)
      • 2.5 GPA minimum
      • For Transfer Students completed at least 1 semester at Rutgers
      • Students must have at least 30 credits by the start of the semester that they are taking RICC during.
    • Student applies on
    • The application includes a student portion and a portion that goes directly to the supervisor to fill out.
    • Once all portions of the application are complete, the RICC team reviews the student and the experience for eligibility.
    • If the application is approved, the student is sent a special permission number to register for the course. They must register for the course in order to be enrolled in it/earn the credit.
    • RICC is a pass/no credit course, with embedded assignments and supervisor evaluations.
  • Where a student is required to complete experiential learning as part of their major or core curriculum, they should take that required course first. 

  • Please find more information about RICC and what qualifies/does not qualify on our website: under the ‘What internships are eligible for this course?” link

Other Credit Options

Additional Credit Options

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 toward graduation but does not offer a letter grade towards the GPA. It does NOT fulfill core requirements for schools, technical credit, or major credit. Email 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.

Bright Futures Internship Fund

Bright Futures Internship Stipend

Students who have an unpaid internships at a for-profit organization may be eligible for a stipend through the Bright Futures Internship Stipend! If you meet qualifications, please fill out the short application using the link within the RICC application. Students must be approved and enrolled in the Rutgers Internship and Co-Op Course in order to be considered for this stipend.

2023 Honoree
Nada currently works as a PR Social Media Intern at the Alfa Art Gallery in New Brunswick. With the support of the Rutgers Internship and Co-Op Course (RICC), she's earning credits for her major while gaining valuable experience in the field at the same time.

2023 Honoree
Parth currently works at RadicalX as a software engineer intern to gain insight into the industry. Check out his quick video interview in our Instagram stories to learn about his experience and how the Rutgers Internship Co-op Course (RICC) is elevating his academic and career journey.

Aniya Davis

2024 Honoree
"Receiving this scholarship was a moment of immense relief for me. It lifted a heavy burden off my shoulders, allowing me to fully concentrate on my internship. This support has enabled me to prevail beyond my wildest expectations, knowing that I have capability to aim for success."

David Harianto

2024 Honoree
"As a commuter, winning this stipend meant a lot to me because it helped ease the financial troubles of my daily commutes to school. It provided a sense of security and stability, allowing me to focus more on my studies/work without constantly worrying about transportation expenses. This stipend has truly been a blessing, allowing me to navigate my academic journey with greater ease and confidence."

Abdallah Qureshi

2024 Honoree
"Receiving the Bright Futures Internship Stipend is a game-changer for the rest of my semester here. It's not just about the financial support; it's about the affirmation of my hard work and dedication."