Academic Course


As a PPIP intern, you will be enrolled in the UGST 492 Co-op in Public Policy course. This co-op course is mandatory and gives you full-time student status for your internship semester. This is not the same as being registered for 12 hours. This 1 hour of internship credit confers full-time status and eligibility for some federal financial aid. Check with the Scholarship and Financial Aid Office to make sure you will receive your financial aid package (every student's package is different!).  Important things to ask about are:  how many hours do I need to be enrolled in to keep my aid, and will I receive the full amount of my package? 

PPIP Credit Requirement

PPIP students will complete course work through eCampus. Note that UGST 492 is a graded course, and it will affect your Grade Point Ratio (GPR) accordingly. This goes for recent graduates as well! The course work includes the completion of a learning agreement, midterm evaluation, and final evaluation by your site supervisor as well as up to four reflective assignments. Additionally, D.C. interns will complete a service learning project while international interns will complete a final project.

Additional Academic Credit

In addition to the UGST 492 course credit, many students gain additional hours that count toward their degree by enrolling in special topics courses (489) and independent studies classes during their internship semester. These courses can be arranged by contacting your academic advisor or professors. However, keep in mind that you will be working 40 hours a week in your internship. We recommend that you do not enroll in more than 6 hours total.