UNIV 490 Intro for Students

As a degree completion option, the Office of BGS would like to introduce to our Career Internship Course: UNIV 490 (Syllabus)
This unique course provides a way for students to turn internships, work projects or volunteer opportunities into Junior/Senior level credit at Western. For every 40 hours of work spent on their internship, students will receive 1 credit with a two credit minimum; the course is repeatable for up to a total of 12 credits. Students must have a 2.0 GPA and must be Junior/Senior standing to be eligible for the course.


This internship is completely constructed by the student and it allows already active students to maintain their connections or extend their education into other areas of their life. A student who is, for example, one student who is already active as a volunteer at a Community Center can use UNIV 490 to continue their work, while another student can take on a special project at work to in order to gain upper division credit. The student and supervisor must identify learning objectives and the tasks must be NEW College Level tasks. In other words, if you helped as a volunteer at a local school fair last year by sitting at the ticket booth, you would have to choose another, more complex task (such as recruiting sponsors) in order to use the same event as an internship.

The internship must have a designated supervisor to sign off on time sheets. The student is responsible for weekly reports, recording their time sheets and writing an essay at the completion of the internship. These are two highlights of adding UNIV 490 Career Internship to your educational plan:

  • Students can complete the course anywhere they choose (assuming Program approval), as long as it can provide valid career oriented learning experiences and will involve students learning a new college level skill and taking on a role/performing a duty that they have not performed before (especially if they choose to complete an internship at a current or past place of employment).
  • Students can earn Upper Division (300/400 level courses) credit while contributing to their Community or learning new tasks/taking on new projects at work and it also counts as a BGS Major requirement (the writing in the discipline course).
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