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What assignments are required

for the academic internship course?

Credits Based on Number of Hours Worked


Bellevue College (BC) internship students get college credit for their experience. The course (EXPRL 191: Academic Internship Experience) offers 1-5 academic credits depending on the total number of hours worked:

  • 1 credit = 50 hours
  • 2 credits = 100 hours
  • 3 credits = 150 hours
  • 4 credits = 200 hours
  • 5 credits = 250 hours

A Faculty Mentor


One of the best parts of our academic internship program is that we pair you with a Faculty Mentor. This is someone in your field of study who is available as a resource throughout your internship. They can answer questions, give advice, or just be there for moral support. They will also review and give feedback on your assignments. You can select a BC faculty member, or we can recommend one for you.

Three Assignments


There are three writing assignments you need to complete for this course, all of which can be submitted online via CONNECT! (You don’t actually have to attend a class.) These assignments help you reflect on your experience and how it relates to your career path.

The assignments are as follows:

  • Before you begin, you will write three learning objectives.
  • Halfway through the internship, you will write a two-page mid-internship reflection paper.
  • After you’ve completed your internship, you will write a four-page paper. You may either design your topic or write a reflective paper that analyzes your experience, makes connections between the classroom and the workplace, and explains how the internship affected your career plans. You will combine all three assignments in an internship portfolio, along with a timesheet, and an updated resume that features your internship.

Finally, you will meet with the Internship Coordinator and your Faculty Mentor to discuss your experience. You will then be issued a letter grade. For more details on course assignments and grading, see the EXPRL 191 Course Syllabus (pdf).

A Scholarship to Help Pay for the Class


A scholarship may be available to assist you in paying the tuition for the EXPRL 191/192/193 internship courses. This scholarship may not be applied to any other courses.