Honors Credit

What internships are eligible for credit?

An internship is defined by Barrett as a single, short-term work assignment that offers the student the opportunity to enhance classroom knowledge. Your internship should consist of career-related professional work experiences that will promote your academic and personal goals. The internship experience can be paid or unpaid, but it should not be a part-time job. The scope of your responsibilities should be more than basic administrative and clerical tasks.

Students are able to earn zero, one, two, or three credits for their internship experience combined with the coursework for HON 484.  See the table below for more information regarding the for-credit and zero-credit options for HON 484.

Parameters and Regulations

Students have substantial flexibility in finding internships. The college gives careful consideration to the student’s quality of internship experience. As a result, certain restrictions do apply as follows:

  1. Internships cannot be a continuation or transition of a full-time or part-time employment position, or a summer job.
  2. Internships must be new experiences where the student begins the internship and is enrolled in course credit during the same semester. 
  3. Internships are not allowed with companies owned or managed, fully or in part, by family members nor can internship positions be supervised, directly or indirectly, by family members.
  4. Internships involving direct payments from clients and customers to students are not allowed.
  5. Internships at companies that have student ownership or promises of ownership to the students are not allowed.
  6. Internships cannot be used to receive credit for any other class in addition to HON 484.

Internship Course Registration Process

Internship credit for HON 484 should be pursued as early as possible (usually in the preceding semester) in order to secure the internship itself and make sure that all appropriate pre-conditions are met for both the company and the college.  It is the student’s responsibility to navigate this process to meet the following deadlines.

Dates & Deadlines

All paperwork must be submitted to Cassandra Saenz at cassandra.saenz@asu.edu by the following deadlines, depending on the semester of your internship

  • Fall - August 1
  • Spring - December 1
  • Summer - May 1

Internships can begin 3 weeks prior to the first day of classes for the term. Please see below for the potential start dates. 

  • Fall 2020 - July 27 through August 21, 2020
  • Spring 2021 - December 21, 2020 through January 11, 2021
  • Summer 2021 - April 26 through May 21, 2021

Please note, all hours for internships must be earned by the last day of classes for the term. Additionally, for students utilizing CPT, the earliest start date for the internship is at the conclusion of the last day of the previous semester.

Course Information

Prior to the first day of classes, be sure to login to Canvas and review any materials. 

The in-person sessions will take place once a month in the evenings on all four campuses. All in-person sessions must be attended. Please visit the ASU class search page for the specific dates and times of the course, depending on the semester. 

Remember, this is a class with actual graded coursework beyond your time at the internship site.  Be aware that you will not receive credit for just showing up to your internship and not participating in the class.

HON 484 For-Credit and Zero-Credit Options

Click on the titles below to view your credit options.

For-Credit Option

For-Credit Option

Students who wish to receive honors credit for an internship experience through HON 484 are required to attend the in-person class.

Number of Credits:          Total Site Hours:

2 credits                            90 hours

3 credits                            135 hours

  • Enrollment is processed on a first come, first served basis.  You can begin the process by filling out the online application form.
  • After filling out the online application form, you will be contacted via email regarding the paperwork that must be completed prior to enrollment in HON 484.

Zero-Credit Option

Zero-Credit Option

The zero-credit option is available for International students who wish to use their CPT for an internship and need a zero-credit option for the internship.

Enrollment Requirements

  • Register for a minimum of 15 credits
  • Participate in a legitimate internship experience
  • Complete necessary paperwork

Contact Amy Sever for more information on the zero-credit option.

HON 484 Application Materials

Online application form

 After you complete the Online Application Form, you will receive information about the following documents which must be submitted:

  1. Internship Educational Agreement - an agreement between you an your supervisor
  2. Student Placement Agreement for PAID or UNPAID Internships (sent digitally to your supervisor from ASU, if applicable) - an agreement between the company and ASU to host interns
  3. Cover Letter - a letter from your supervisor with internship details
  4. Internship Description - as provided by your company

HON 484 Registration Process