Credit for Internships
Requests for Internship Credit
Some employers may require that students receive course credit to be eligible for the internship they offer. Harvard College does not offer course credit for internships. As an alternative, students may work with their academic adviser during the following fall term to propose a course of independent study (pdf) that will incorporate their previous internship experience into an academic program. Any sophomore, junior, or senior in Harvard College who participates in a summer internship and whose previous academic record is satisfactory may be eligible to undertake a fall independent study for course credit (equivalent to four semester hours) for which their summer internship experience could serve as a foundation for thought, primary research, or context for questioning. Those students (including current freshmen) who participate in an internship during the summer or while on leave of absence from the College may work with their academic adviser to enroll in Independent Study during the next term in which they are enrolled in the College.
If you are seeking an internship for which course credit is required, please complete the following three steps, and OCS can then provide you with a letter stating the aforementioned policy.
Step 1: Obtain from your resident Dean/Tutor a statement that you are a student “in good academic standing” and returning to Harvard to resume your studies the semester following the period of the proposed internship.
Step 2: Prepare a note stating your name, email, the name of the employer, email address of the employer, and indicate if you would like to have the letter emailed to you, directly to the employer, or both.
Step 3: Email both documents together to Anthony Arcieri (firstname.lastname@example.org) at OCS.
Remember to give yourself enough time to gather documents for this request. Once we receive your request, OCS will have your letter available as soon as possible.