Academic Internships and Practica

Bryant University offers qualified students the opportunity to combine significant work experience with academic study through internships and practica. Such opportunities recognize the value of work integrated learning and critical reflection as an important avenue for learning. Internships and practica are arranged with employers representing a variety of industries and career opportunities. Resources are provided by the Amica Center for Career Education to meet specific student interests and needs, including opportunities to intern nationally and internationally.

To be eligible, students:

  • Must have achieved junior or senior status, having completed a minimum of 60 credits.
  • Must be in good academic standing – requiring a minimum overall GPA of 2.0. (Finance and International Business require a minimum GPA of 2.5.)
  • Must have established a major/concentration GPA of 2.0 to apply for an internship in a major/concentration area of study.
  • Must have established a minor GPA to apply for an internship in a minor area of study.
  • Must attend an Orientation Session for Academic Internships presented by the Amica Center for Career Education during the fall or spring semester PRIOR to doing an internship for the fall, spring, or summer semesters.
  • Must meet all prerequisites for the internship as determined by the specific academic department and stated in the course description located in the course catalog (within each degree program, major, concentration, or minor, the internship course is listed as 391 or 491).
  • Transfer students must complete one full semester of study at Bryant University to establish a GPA prior to applying for an internship or practicum opportunity.

A maximum of nine credit hours of any combination of internships and practica may be applied to fulfill degree requirements; a maximum of three credit hours may be applied to fulfill requirements in a major/concentration or minor area of study. All academic internships are reviewed and approved by the appropriate academic department chair. Each intern works with a faculty supervisor and is awarded a grade based on learning objectives and work performance. The internship site employer provides training and supervision during the course of the academic internship and provides performance evaluations to the student and faculty supervisor. Eligible students are allowed to do one internship or practicum per semester.

Internships and practica may be taken as part of the regular semester course load during the fall or spring sessions, usually at no added tuition costs to the student. When taken during the summer session, internships and practica are subject to relevant course fees.

The Washington D.C. Internship

Eligibility: Junior or senior standing and a minimum overall G.P.A. of 2.75

Bryant University has partnered with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars to provide full-time Washington D.C.–based internships and short-term academic seminars. The Washington Center provides internships in all degree programs, concentrations, and minor area of studies offered by Bryant.

Students apply to the program and are matched with an organization based on their academic pursuits and career interest. Substantive, supervised internships are provided in businesses, government agencies, for-profit or nonprofit sectors and international organizations. The Washington Center Program consists of three components: the supervised internship that is applied to the student’s academic program (6 credits), one three-credit course offered through The Washington Center, and weekly leadership lecture series featuring decision makers in politics, business, and not-for-profit organizations. Three (3) additional credits can be taken as Directed Study coursework. The Washington Center Program is offered in the summer (10 weeks, 9 credits), and during the fall and spring semesters (15 weeks, up to 15 credits). Housing is provided.

Bryant students enrolled in The Washington Center Program engage in individually supervised employment and learn to apply the skills, theory, and principles of their academic discipline in a work environment. Students must apply through the Amica Center for Career Education at least one semester prior to the internship; some opportunities require a background check that may take up to nine months. Interns work a minimum of 35 hours per week, and are required to prepare a portfolio and an academic journal documenting their internship experiences.

Computer Information Systems/Information Technology Practicum

The CIS/IT academic department offers a six month, full-time paid internship program earning 9 credits (Summer-Fall or Spring-Summer time period). Second semester sophomores and juniors may apply after meeting with the CIS/IT Department Chair and discussing eligibility with an academic advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Office. Minimum requirements are the completion of 45 credits and a minumum overall GPA of 2.5.