To earn academic credit for internships, students must take the Internship course during the semester they perform their internships.

  • Internships generally coincide with one of ODU's academic terms, with the internship beginning the first week of classes and ending the last week of classes, for a total duration of 15 weeks during fall and spring semesters and 8 weeks during summer term.


  • Students will generally work a minimum of 10 hours per week during fall and spring semesters and 18-20 hours in the summer. Failure to submit documentation (i.e., the student’s time sheet) by deadline will result in a grade of "Fail" for the course.


  • Note: Falling short of 150 hours, for any reason (illness, inclement weather, etc.) will result in failure of the Internship course—it is the student’s responsibility to make sure they work the required number of hours.  It is recommended that students keep careful count of their hours throughout the internship. 


  • Students must keep in mind that the Internship course is an academic course and has a number of requirements in addition to successfully completing 150 working hours for the employer. Grades are determined by the student’s successful completion of all course requirements, as well as the student’s time sheet signed by the intern’s supervisor (due the final week of class). The Internship course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis, which does not affect GPA.