University of Wisconsin–Madison

Credit (WIP)

Want credit with your internship? The Worldwide Internship Program (WIP) can help! UW-Madison students who have found an internship outside the U.S. can apply for this online academic 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.

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) you should discuss this with us and your academic advisor as soon as possible to allow enough time for the approval process before your internship.


In addition to the course WIP also includes:

  • Enrollment in international health & travel insurance
  • 24/7 emergency support through IAP
  • In-person components through a pre-departure orientation, check-in with an IIP advisor while abroad and re-entry meeting
  • Continuous enrollment at UW-Madison
  • Eligibility for IIP, campus and national scholarships


  • 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
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing

Students interning while on an IAP study abroad program may also be able to enroll.


Internships are an extension of the classroom. There is great benefit to integrating academic work and reflection into your experience. An internship course will offer you additional guidance through your experience and help you connect it to your academic goals, professional development and career exploration.

Credit may be required by your host organization or for you to be eligible for the appropriate visa. For students interning in the semester, WIP will maintain your student status so that you keep your position for registration, your WiscMail active and any student loans you have from going into repayment. Many scholarships require enrollment so it 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. Estimated expenses will vary greatly depending on your internship, location and personal preferences so start budgeting early.