Internship & Co-op Process

Experiential education can help you learn new skills as you work alongside professionals in the field and explore your career goals. It is one of the best ways to prepare for your career.

The Isenberg Internship and Co-op Program works in partnership with the University Career Development Hub.  Additional information about internships and co-ops can be found here.



The term internship can mean many things to employers, students and educational institutions.  At Isenberg, however, an internship is a paid or unpaid work experience that takes place during the course of a semester or a summer/winter period; this experience may (or may not) be eligible for academic credits.

co-op, or cooperative education experience, is a full-time (30+ hours weekly) paid work experience that takes place over a 4-9 month period.  Co-ops typically take students away from campus and classes for an entire semester. Students do not earn credits for a Co-op experience. However, students coded for Co-op may take up to two Univ+ classes while on Co-op.



Internship credits are available for eligible students. Eligibility requires:

  • Completion of 45+ credits

  • GPA of 2.0 and good academic standing

All internship credits require sponsorship and completion of academic work for a grade. Credits must be completed during the internship experience and will not be granted retroactively.

Summer/Winter Session enrollment: Internship credits sought during these periods will be registered through UMass University Without Walls and will be charged at the current UWW/Univ+ rates. At this time, the cost is $275 per credit plus an $85 registration fee.

Students who are Bachelor of Science candidates should check with their academic departments, Sport Management and Hospitality & Tourism Management, for degree specific internship guidelines.

Please Note: Internship credits may not be earned retroactively.



UMASS 298: UMASS 298 may be used to satisfy credits toward graduation credits (sometimes referred to as “general electives”).

Departmental Credits: Declared BBA majors are eligible for one set of 3 departmental internship credits. Students are responsible for securing a faculty sponsor and determining an academic outcome for a grade with the sponsor. 398/498 credits will satisfy one Isenberg business elective requirement.

The following are credit numbers for BBA Departmental credits:

  • ACCT 398Y | FIN 498Y | MGT 398 | MKTG 398 | OIM 498Y

Students must meet with academic sponsors from the academic major department prior to the start of the internship regarding academic work that is associated with earning academic credits.



  • If you have general questions about internship credits or co-ops, click here to schedule an appointment with a Career Coach. 
  • If you have an internship you would like to submit to earn credit, complete this form.
  • If you are an international student with questions about internship credits or co-ops, review the CPT Guidelines for International Students and email Kim Figueroa directly for next steps.
  • If you have a co-op and need to register for co-op status, click here.



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