Connect real-world experiences to your future career while earn Experiential Learning (EL) credit for your internship or job! The DePaul Career Center offers a 4-credit online-based course that will help you make meaning of and maximize your work experience.
UIP 250 – Navigating the Workplace
UIP 250 integrates academic curriculum with supervised work
experiences in both the private and public sectors. Internships are an
essential part of a student's academic experience at DePaul. The course
promotes the life-long education process of integrating work and
learning; enables students to view their internship experiences within a
broad world perspective; assists career decision-making; drives
individual success through on-the-job experiences; and provides students
with valuable networking and other career-development opportunities.
This course is offered fall/winter/spring/summer quarters, as well as during winter intersession.
To be eligible to apply for enrollment in UIP 250, you must:
- Be a current DePaul undergraduate student
- Secure an internship or on/off-campus job that is approved by UIP
- Successfully complete the UIP online D2L orientation
Please note that UIP 250 is only repeatable up to two times. If this is your second time enrolling in UIP 250 and/or have already successfully completed DePaul’s Experiential Learning (EL) requirement, this course will be counted as a general elective course.
In order to be eligible to enroll in UIP 250, you must complete the UIP EL Orientation and submit your UIP EL application by the dates below. Applications received after the deadline are subject to approval based on course availability.
|Last day to complete UIP EL Orientation and submit
UIP EL application
|Monday, August 5
||Monday, November 4
||Monday, November 25
||Monday, February 24
Steps for Enrollment
Frequently Asked Questions
What requirements does an internship or on/off-campus job have to meet to be considered for academic credit?
In order to receive academic credit for your internship
through enrollment in UIP 250, your internship or on/off-campus job must meet
the following qualifications:
The work performed should be significant, allowing you to hone skills while exploring career development issues and interests and should not entail more than 25% clerical work;
You must work for a minimum of 100 hours for the quarter you are enrolled. This breaks down to a minimum of 10 hours per week across the 10 consecutive weeks of the quarter;
Hours worked need to be synchronous to the
quarter you are enrolled in UIP. This means that you must work at your
internship or job while enrolled in the class, as we will only count the hours
you have worked while you are in the class. Failure to complete at least 100
hours of work experience while during the 10-week quarter will result in a
Your supervisor must be a paid professional within the organization;
You position should allow you to receive substantial interaction with professional staff who can discuss the organization’s vision, goals, and objectives.
Does DePaul provide any financial support to students with unpaid internships?
Yes! The Internship Plu$ program was established to support DePaul University students participating in unpaid internships that demonstrate financial need. This program awards up to $2500 in financial assistance to eligible undergraduate students working in a quarter-long unpaid internship.
In order to be eligible for this award, the following requirements must be met:
- You are a current full-time undergraduate student who will be enrolled full-time for at least one quarter immediately following your unpaid internship.
- You are in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5/4.0.
- You will be working in an unpaid internship for a minimum of 100 hours over the course of the 10-week summer quarter.
- You are not receiving any other scholarships/awards from DePaul for this unpaid internship.
To apply for this program, please search for the application on DePaul Scholarship Connect.