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

WIP FOR DEGREE REQUIREMENT

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 or career advisor as soon as possible to allow enough time for the approval process from them and IIP before your internship.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

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 many IIP, campus and national scholarships

ELIGIBILITY

  • Accepted for an IIP cultivated internship, internship placement program or independent internship
  • Sophomore, Junior, Senior standing
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum internship length of 4 weeks, 100 hours
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing

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

WHY GET CREDIT?

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. Our course connects you to peers interning around the world to share experiences and explore working across cultures.

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.

DEADLINES

To propose your own independent internship for credit:

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

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

Students applying for specific internship positions coordinated by IIP do not need to apply separately for credit. Enrollment in WIP is often required and always an option. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Click on the appropriate term under deadlines. More details and application requirements are available on the listings, including internship proposal form (docx).

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.

PROGRAM COST

The program fees are based on residency for the cost of credit, administrative, and insurance fees.

For summer 2019 (3 credits) the fees are:

WI Resident: $1250
MN Resident: $1550
Non-resident: $2350

FUNDING & BUDGETING

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.