Internship Types and Requirements 

Lipscomb students can gain internship experience in any combination of the following options: paid, unpaid, for academic credit or for experience only while not gaining academic credit.   If your organization seeks an intern who is gaining academic credit, faculty approval is required (See specific details below under Academic Credit for Internship Participation). If a student is earning academic credit for the internship, he or she will be required to pay for the hours earned.  For this reason, internships that are “unpaid and for credit only” receive the least amount of interest from students.

Internships can occur during the fall, spring and/or summer semesters. They can range from a couple months to over six months in duration, although the average internship lasts about a semester. A normal workweek is usually between 10 and 15 hours, although some students are interested in working longer hours. Details about the number of hours worked, length of internship, rate of pay and other specifics are negotiated between employers and potential interns with the guidance of a faculty adviser or the career center. Normally, an intern does not receive employee or retirement benefits.

Academic Credit for Internship Participation

Often employers wish to target students who seek academic credit for internship participation.  If this is the case, you must be willing to comply with university guidelines while offering the student a variety of opportunities that are relevant to the academic department granting credit.  For interns receiving academic credit, the internship duration should coincide as closely as possible to the semester in which the student is receiving credit.



mid August through early December



January through early May



June through end of July

The following basic requirements must be met for a student to receive academic credit for internship participation:

  • The university gives credit based on learning outcomes, we call them “objectives”, and the overall value to the student completing your internship.  These objectives should describe the skills, activities, and professional development opportunities relative to the academic major you are targeting with the opportunity.  For example, a marketing internship might offer new client identification, marketing collateral development including content development, research and execution, and sales training prior to entering the field to call on new clients.  
  • You must be willing to follow the university requirements in order for a student to earn credit for the internship. This includes allowing the intern to attend a required internship orientation held on campus during the first week of campus as well as you completing paperwork including an agreement and two reviews of the intern.
  • Any intern seeking academic credit must meet the total number of required hours that coincide with the amount of academic credit they seek. See chart below for required number of internship hours worked.

 Academic Credit

Internship Hours
Per Week

Total Hours


10 for 13 weeks



12 for 13 weeks



15 for 13 weeks



For Fall and Spring Interns

For Summer Interns