Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute

Dedman College Internship Program

Dedman College Internship Program


Looking for an opportunity to earn academic credit and get real-world experience?  Try an internship!  Many Dedman departments offer internships for academic credit. 

The process for obtaining an internship for academic credit is:

  1. Identify an internship in your major/minor.
  2. Work with your academic advisor or major/minor instructor and internship supervisor to complete the Internship Learning Contract as well as the Release of Liability waiver. 
  3. Enroll in the appropriate course for the number of academic credits--40 hours of internship = 1 unit of credit; 80 hours of internship = 2 units of credit; 120 hours of internship = 3 units of credit
  4. Participate in the internship.
  5. Complete the student evaluation, submit the completed instructor and supervisor evaluation, and receive your grade.

More information regarding internships can be found by contacting Lisa Miller in Dedman Records, 134 Clements. 

Students must complete the Dedman Internship Learning Contract and the Release of Liability Waiver with their academic advisor/instructor and their prospective internship supervisor. 

Send a copy of the Learning Contract and the Release of Liability Waiver to Lisa Miller at Dedman Records.


Below is a list of Dedman departments with established internship programs.  If your major or minor is not listed, please contact Lisa Miller at at Dedman Records to discuss internship possibilities with other Dedman departments. 


ANTH 4381

Internship in Anthropology

BIOL 2095

Internship in Biology (no credit)

  BIOL 2195   Internship in Biology

BIOL 3395

Internship in Biology

CHEM 4000


CHIN 4185,4285,4385

Internship in Chinese

ECO 4110

Economics Practicum

ENGL 3308

English Studies Internship

ENSC 3322

Internship in Environmental Science

ETST 2305

Internship in Ethnic Studies

FREN 4185, 4285,4385

Internship in French

GEOL 4321

Internship In Geoscience

GERM 4185, 4285, 4385

Internship in German

HIST 4397

Internship in History

INTL 4306

Internship in International Studies

ITAL 4185, 4285, 4385

Internship in Italian

LATN 3185, 3285, 3385

Internship in Latin

PLSC 4306

Internship in Political Science

PSYC 4385


RELI 4381

Internship in Religious Studies

RUSS 4185, 4285, 4385

Internship in Russian

SOCI 4179, 4279, 4379

Markets and Culture Internship

SOCI 4396

Individual Research for Distinction Honors

SOCI 4198, 4298, 4398

Sociology Internship

SPAN 4385

Internship in Spanish

WGST 4303

Women’s and Gender Studies Internship


Frequently Asked Questions:

Can students do more than one internship?

Yes.  Students are allowed a maximum of three internship credits during their academic careers.  Students can earn up to three units of academic credit (40 hours of internship = 1 unit of credit; 80 hours of internship = 2 units of credit; 120 hours of internship = 3 units of credit).  Students having completed these credits are always allowed to participate in non-credit bearing internships.

Can students earn internship credit through Study Abroad?

Yes.  The SMU Study Abroad program as designated some SMU courses in collaboration with internship programs in London, Ireland and Australia.  Contact the Study Abroad office for more information.

How can a prospective employer connect with SMU and Dedman College?

Employers wishing to arrange for internships with Dedman departments can contact the departments directly or contact Lisa Miller at Dedman Records.

Can I combine an internship with my Engaged Learning project?

Yes!  Contact the Engaged Learning office to see if your internship can be an Engaged Learning project.  

I am a pre-major--can I still do an internship?

Yes.  Students who are pre-majors should consult their University Advising Center advisor or Lisa Miller at Dedman Records to discuss participating in internships before declaring a major.  

How do I find an internship?

Your best resources for finding an internship is your major/minor advisor or another faculty member in your department.  You can also utilize the Hegi Family Career Development Center for possible internships.