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. Student’s learning is assessed by faculty as a three credit elective course resulting in a letter grade. Practica are valued at six, nine, or twelve credits as determined by the Department Chairs in specific areas of study. Resources are provided by the Amica Center for Career Education to meet specific student interests and provides the opportunity for career exploitation, both nationally and internationally.

Student eligibility:

  • Must complete a minimum of 60 credits.
  • Must be in good academic standing – requiring a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.
  • Must have established a major/concentration GPA of 2.0 to apply for an internship in a major/concentration area of study, with the exception of the Finance and International Business departments requiring a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
  • Must have established a minor GPA of 2.0 or better to apply for an internship in a minor area of study.
  • 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 (course elective listed as 391, 450, 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 Program

Eligibility: Must Complete a Minimum of 75 Credits; Minimum Overall G.P.A. of 2.75

Bryant University has partnered with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington D.C. to provide supervised internships in business, government agencies, for-profit or nonprofit sectors as well as in international organization in DC. Internships are available in all degree programs, concentrations, and minor area of studies. The program is offered in the summer (10 weeks, 9 credits), and fall and spring terms (15 weeks, 12 credits). Internship placement and housing is provided.

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.

The Washington Center places students in businesses, government agencies, nonprofit and international organizations based on student’s academic studies, career goals and interest. The program consists of the following components:

  • a supervised internship that provides substantive projects and tasks that develop skills and knowledge within a profession,
  • one evening course related to student’s concentration or minor area of study,
  • participation in LEAD colloquium program to include:
    • lecture series featuring decision makers in business, government and non-profit organizations
    • civic engagement project
    • profession track workshops with peers pursuing similar career paths

Information Systems/Data Science Practicum

The Information Systems and Analytics 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 ISA Department Chair and discussing eligibility with an academic advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Office. Minimum requirements are the completion of 45 credits and a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.