Advantage Center at Aquinas College


student and a man with hard hats and vests
Above: Megan Donovan completed her internship at Mill Steel in Spring 2016 and was hired on immediately following graduation.

At Aquinas, you can choose to do an internship for credit or for certification. 


  • Earn up to a total of 12 credits (divided into multiple semesters or completed all at once) for internship while enrolled as an undergraduate.
  • A 3-credit internship (the minimum) equals 10 hours of work per week. A 6-credit equals 20 hours of work per week and so on.
  • Students may earn credits as a required (or elective) part of your major or minor (see College catalog details) or for general elective credits that count towards the 120 needed to graduate. Speak with your Faculty Advisor on the best option for you.
  • Tuition and fees apply. 
  • If your internship is unpaid, you may apply for the Vocational Discovery Scholarship. Eligible students must be enrolled in an unpaid internship for academic credit. The internship should closely relate to the student's desired vocation, yet present a financial hardship because it is unpaid. Preference will be given to internships at change-making organizations whose missions impact the local and/or global community. 
  • Internships for credit also require additional coursework and seminars meant to further develop you as a professional. 
  • An on-site visit with Career Services, student intern, supervisor/mentor and a faculty member will be coordinated at the mid-point. Many interns state that the on-site visit was an incredibly helpful component of the internship experience.
  • To register for an internship, you will need to request a new experience using Handshake. Click here for step by step directions.
  • Successful completion of an internship for credit earns students a green Honor Cord worn during the Commencement exercises.


  • If the internship is not required for your major or minor and completing it for credit is not desired, you may complete an internship for Certificate. 
  • Allows Aquinas to track where our students intern for reporting purposes and to assist future students. 
  • The internship is not for a grade or credit and will not appear on your transcripts.  
  • No tuition or fees apply. 
  • The certificate option requires minimal paperwork, no homework, and no on-site visit.
  • After completion of the internship and final evaluations forms, you will receive a certificate signed by the President, suitable for framing or enclosure in your portfolio. 
  • Not eligible for Honor Cords. 
  • Does not appear on your official transcript

>Download Certification Forms

Is it an internship?

Not all positions can be considered an internship. All internships for credit must be approved by your advisor, the Internship Director and in some cases a faculty chair. Ask yourself these questions.

For credit internship checklist

Meet with your faculty advisor to discuss timing, credit requirements, and potential leads. Make an appointment with Brigid Avery in the Advantage Center.

  • Complete the registration process before the deadline
  • Begin work, attend the required classes, complete the on-site evaluation and assignments
  • Update your resume and LinkedIn!
    • For a more detailed step-by-step instructional, click here

Important Dates:

Summer 2018*

Initial Class: Sunday, April 29, 2018 (2pm – 5pm
Final Class: Sunday August 26, 2018 (2pm – 5pm)

Deadline to submit experience for consideration: May 11, 2018
*Internships that are requested by April 20 will be eligible for an early bird tuition discount ($100 per credit hour). An internship offer must have been extended to you and you must completely fill out the Request Experience form on Handshake. Please contact the Advantage Center with questions or concerns.

Fall 2018

Initial Class: Sunday, September 16, 2018 (2pm – 5pm)
Final Class: Sunday, December 2, 2018 (2pm-5pm)

Deadline to submit experience for consideration: Monday, September 10, 2018

Classes are required. Please speak with Brigid Avery if you know you will have a conflict. Make up work may be assigned

Internships for credit must be requested via Handshake by the deadline posted. Navigate to Career Center - Experiences - Request a New Experience.

Washington Internship Institute

Open to all majors, Washington Internship Institute offers students a competitive internship placement, rigorous coursework, and the opportunity to work in D.C. Networking is key to working in the Capital and this program is a must if you are planning to relocate after graduation! At this time, only the summer program is available to Aquinas students for credit.

For more information, check out the Washington Internship Institute's Website and make an appointment on Handshake. Select Career Center-Appointments-Internships-Washington Internship Institute.

Total cost for the program is $9505 and includes internship placement, 12 credits, fees, and housing. This does not include housing deposit or program deposit. Application fee is waived for Aquinas Students. Fellowships and Scholarships may be available and will be discussed during your meeting with Advantage Center staff. Washington Institute does not qualify for the Summer tuition discount.

Chicago Semester

The Chicago Semester is a long running program that places students from many academic backgrounds into exciting internships in the windy city. As a participant, you will also take a course on Diversity& Inequality and learn the ins and outs of Chicago.

For more information, check out the Chicago Semester's Website and make an appointment on Handshake. Select Career Center-Appointments-Internships-Chicago Semester.

Total cost is $5632 and includes housing (up to $1625), 9 credits, internship placement, and fees. Scholarships may be available and will discussed during your meeting with Advantage Center staff. Chicago Semester does no qualify for the Summer tuition discount.

Disney College Program 

student at Disney

Aquinas College partners with the Disney College Program, meaning that students can earn credit while participating in the Program. Read more and if you have more questions or are ready to commit, schedule an appointment with the Advantage Center. 

Zach Boensch interned at the "Free Beer and Hot Wings Show." Listen to him on the show here.