University of Wisconsin–Madison

Credit (WIP)

Want credit with your internship? The Worldwide Internship Program (WIP), a collaboration between IIP and International Academic Programs (IAP), can help! Students who have found an internship outside the U.S. can apply for this online seminar program.

The online course includes internship reflection and academic consideration of cross-cultural relations in the global workforce. You will interact with other UW-Madison students doing internships in various fields around the world and benefit from seeing the diversity of culture and work as you consider your future career.

Students at IIP Re-entry Lunch


The WIP course counts towards your DARS and may fulfill certain major or degree requirements. If you would like to use this course for an internship or field experience requirement in your major or certificate (e.g. Global HealthSOHE, etc.) you should also discuss this with us and your academic advisor at least 3-4 months before your internship start to allow enough time for each department’s approval process

WIP content

In addition to the course WIP also includes the following:

  • Enrollment in international health & travel insurance through CISI
  • 24/7 emergency support through IAP
  • Access to advising with IIP
  • In-person components through a pre-departure orientation, check-ins with an IIP advisor while abroad and re-entry meeting.
  • Continuous enrollment at UW-Madison


  • Accepted for an IIP cultivated internship, internship placement program or independent internship
  • Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum internship length of 4 weeks (96 hours of work)
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing

Some IAP internship programs also include this course as a requirement and students interning while on an IAP study abroad program may be able to enroll.


Internships are an extension of the classroom and a great way to bridge your academics and practical application. There is great benefit to integrating academic work and reflection into your experience. Participating in an internship course will offer you additional guidance through your internship experience and help you connect it to your professional development and career exploration.

Getting credit can be necessary for other reasons. Credit may be required by your host organization or for you to be eligible for the appropriate visa. For students interning in the fall or spring semester, enrollment in WIP will maintain your student status so that you keep your position for registration, your WiscMail active and any student loans you have from t going into repayment. Many scholarships require enrollment so taking credit may expand your funding options, including financial aid depending on credit number and duration.


Summer or Fall: First Friday in March
Spring: First Friday in October

**We may accept WIP applications on a case-by-case basis after our deadline. Contact us for more information.

Students applying for specific internship positions through IIP do not need to apply separately for credit. Enrollment in WIP is  part of your position application.


Click here (Net-ID log in required) and select the appropriate semester. More details and application requirements are available on the listing.

Even if you are still in the early planning stage or your internship isn’t finalized yet, please submit what you do know at the deadline.

After submitting you will meet with an IIP advisor to review your plans. Please come in for advising so we can help you with the process.


The program fees are based on residency for the cost of tuition and administrative fees.

Summer: During the summer there is a 1-credit option or a 2-6 credit option. The 2-6 credit option includes just the 3 credit course,  or the 1-credit OR 3-credit course plus optional 1-3 credits of directed study.

Semester is always 3-6 credits.

For 2017-18 the fees are:

Summer, WI Resident: 1 credit $1000; 2-6 credits $1300
Summer, MN Resident: 1 credit $1200; 2-6 credits $1700
Summer, Non-resident: 1 credit $1700; 2-6 credits $2700
Semester, WI Resident: $1350
Semester, MN Resident: $1750
Semester, Non-resident: $2750


Some scholarships are available from IIP, IAP and other sources. It is important to think about and apply for scholarships early, even before your internship is confirmed.

More details about costs can be found in the database under Estimated Expenses of the term for which you are applying. Individual additional expenses will vary greatly depending on your location, internship and personal preferences so you need to do this budgeting for yourself.