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Experiential Learning

An internship provides real-world experience in your field of interest to increase your employment and graduate school prospects. Securing an internship is an essential component of your education. Internship experience will make you a more competitive candidate and impact your future career plans.

Internship guide & checklist

On-campus internships for credit: Experience Program

The Experience Program provides an opportunity for practical application of academic knowledge and skill, while earning academic credit.

Under the direction of a faculty sponsor, students may work under the supervision of a work-site supervisor at an off-campus outside agency or in an on-campus UMassD department. The range of project types and settings is almost limitless, creating exciting ways to enrich one’s academic studies, gain valuable experience, and test a tentative career choice.

The program is administered through the colleges and requires the development of an Experience Program Contract, an agreement to undertake a significant academic learning experience. 

Experience Program Contract Form (PDF): Complete the Experience Program Registration Form & Contract.

Experience Program Sample Contract (PDF): Our sample contract will help you get started.

College & department internship info

Speak to your faculty advisor about specific college or major requirements.

Study away internships for credit

Semester in the City

Discover your passions with Semester in the City: earn a full semester’s worth of credit while living and working in Boston.

Learn about this internship opportunity that pairs you with an organization in the social sector suited to your interests. Develop your skill set, make new friends, and experience a semester like no other. Tuition and fees are about the same as a semester at UMass Dartmouth. Contact the Career Center for more information.

  • Eligibility Standards for Semester in the City at UMassD:
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Students may apply to participate in their sophomore, junior, or senior year.
  • Students may apply during their first year, as long as they have completed at least 30 credits prior to participation, with at least 15 of these credits earned at UMassDartmouth at the baccalaureate level.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA requirement: Semester away: 2.5 for UMass Dartmouth approval. Students must meet the GPA requirements of their specific program of interest. Please note some programs have higher GPA requirements.
  • All participants in UMass Dartmouth study away programs must be matriculated students and registered for credit.
  • Students must have a declared major.
  • Criteria to be considered "in good standing" at UMass Dartmouth include (some programs may have additional requirements):
    • Student account paid in full
    • Satisfactory student conduct history. Student conduct history is provided to the Career Center by the Office of Student Conduct and Dispute Resolution.

The Washington Center video featuring Jenyka Gassnola '17, Crime & Justice Studies major

The Washington Center

The Washington Center provides immersive internships in Washington, D.C. to students from colleges and universities from across the U.S. and more than twenty-five countries.

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