Experiential Learning Services


Students seeking internships have many resources to assist with the process. The Office of Experiential Learning Services can help to identify resources, assist with the application process, and help to prepare students for the position.

Regular seminars are offered to help students begin their search and individual assistance is available along the way.

See our events calendar for upcoming seminars.

The UA Career Center also offers career prep resources to students searching for jobs and internships.

Want Credit for Your Internship?

Here at The University of Alabama, we offer great internship resources for students to explore! At some point in your college career, you will do an internship and wonder what the next step is. One option to should consider is GS 491 Academic Internship. This course you will allow you to receive credit for your internship experiences.

There are many opportunities for internships at the University in various departments including New College, Political Science, Criminal Justice and many more! If you are interested in an internship in one of these departments, please contact the following professionals:

New College: John Miller at (205) 348-2642

Political Science: Stephen Borrelli at (205) 348-3812

Criminal Justice: Doug Klutz at (205) 348-6865

For information about internships in any other departments, please contact Ms. Pamela Derrick, Director of Experiential Learning, at (205) 348-2099

Some Things to Keep in Mind!

As you prepare for your internship, here are some important requirements for the course that you should consider.


Students will register for the course themselves.

Career-Readiness Competencies

You should select 3 to 4 core competencies that you would like to focus on during the internship. You will certainly be exposed to all of them; however, you will want to focus on about 3 or 4 to include in your presentation.

Learn more about career-readiness competencies.


There are several options for creating a portfolio, so review your options and select the one that best highlights your skills. Your portfolio will serve as documentation of your work and is something you can share with potential employers. Make sure to verify with your employer which elements are okay to share!

Suggested Portfolio Content: pictures, videos, graphs, blogs

Learn more about creating online portfolios.


At the end of the semester, you will present a 5-7 page paper that includes your reflections, insights, and achievements from your internship. You may add additional research if you prefer, but it is not mandatory to do so. You will be asked to invite one professor or professional who has insight on your major or area of work.

Group  Meetings

There will be 2-3 group meetings for everyone who will be making presentations each semester. During these meetings, we will discuss your presentation content, format and creative ways to demonstrate what you experienced while working.