Internship Course

Who should enroll in LIA 484?

As a student in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you can receive internship credit through your individual department determined by your major. However, some internships are not deemed appropriate for credit through your school or department. LIA 484 can be an option depending on your individual situation.

You must have an internship in place prior to contacting us regarding LIA 484. You may take up to three credits based on the amount of hours that you work over the course of your internship. These are upper-division general elective credits that are graded as pass/fail (Y/E). You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher. You must also contact us prior to the beginning of their internship and the semester. You may only earn credit for your internship experience once; we are unable to give duplicate credit for the same internship.

If you’re completing a pre-health internship, you may also receive LIA 484 credit but you’ll have a separate set of requirements and will sign up for a different section. To learn more about pre-health internship options, please visit:

Internship enrollment process:

  1. Find an internship. Do not contact us prior to completing this step.
  2. Contact your academic advisor.
    1. Determine whether or not you can receive credit through your department.
    2. If your department cannot give you credit, find out why.
  3. Have a clear understanding of the value of your internship and its specific benefits to you.
  4. Complete the LIA 484 Internship Form.
  5. You will receive an email from Mary Nadarski ( with more information about enrolling in the course or scheduling an appointment. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 480-965-2365.

Course requirements:

Interns are required to:

  1. Complete an Internship Contract and Affiliation Agreement (if necessary) through the employer and return these documents to our college for access to enrollment of LIA 484.
  2. Register with Sun Devil Career Link.
  3. Work at the job site approximately 50 hours per university credit hour (10 hours per week for 15 weeks = 3 credits; maximum of 3 credits).
  4. Send 15 email journal entries about your internship experience. You will spread these emails consistently over the time of the internship.
  5. Write an Experience Report, due by the end of the term.

LIA 484 is a pass/fail course. You will receive a Y or E based on the acceptable fulfillment of course requirements. Along with the completed hours of your internship, email journals and final experience paper, we require a completed site-supervisor’s evaluation of your work. In order to enroll in the course, you must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher and be a student in a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences major.

Course rationale:

Internships contribute to the education of the whole person by emphasizing the importance of the professional experience and by providing opportunities for self-reflection. You should choose your internship based on your own interests and relate what you have learned in school to its application in the workplace. In addition, your internship should help you evaluate yourself as a professional and as a potential employee in a particular professional field. Take this opportunity to build on your résumé and professional portfolio. Your internship experiences should offer you access to potential mentors in your fields of interest.


You must be a student in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to enroll in LIA 484, with the following exception: If you have accepted a position in the Disney Program, you may take up to 6 credits of LIA 484, which includes the successful completion of an accredited Disney course.