Summer Internship Notation Policy
Some companies and agencies, both for-profit and not-for-profit, require that students receive “academic credit” as a condition of undertaking an internship.
Bowdoin College recognizes that our students may gain important practical experience through summer internship programs that enhance and augment their curricular experience at the College. The College believes that students should, ideally, be compensated for such work, but we recognize that unpaid internships may also offer meaningful experiences to our students. Some companies and agencies, both for-profit and not-for-profit, require that students receive “academic credit” as a condition of undertaking an internship. When students undertake an internship that requires academic credit as a condition of the internship, the College will place a notation on the transcript, indicating that they have completed an internship, e.g. “Summer 2016: Internship”. Such a notation will not carry any credit toward the degree, nor will it receive a grade. Students should meet with a Career Exploration and Development Advisor before they begin the internship to discuss applying for this special notation.
Applying for Summer Internship Notation
For students to have a notation regarding their internship placed on their transcript, the internship must require academic credit. Students must submit a Transcript Notation Request Form, and a document showing that the internship requires academic credit. You may use a copy of an email or a screenshot of page from the employer website.
You will need to submit these items to Career Exploration and Development in advance of undertaking the internship. Upon approval by Career Exploration and Development, a letter will be written to the sponsoring company/organization, granting permission from the College for the student to work there as an intern while making it clear that the College will not indemnify the company or organization during the internship, nor will it insure the student during the internship.
When Career Exploration and Development receives confirmation from the employer that the student has successfully completed the internship we will forward the information to the Registrar’s Office who will then place a notation on their transcript.
As has been the past practice at the College, students who are able to connect their internships to their studies may wish to propose an independent study to a faculty member for the semester following the internship. Such an independent study will not be required for the notation to be placed on the transcript and will follow normal procedures for independent studies.