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Experiential Learning Courses

Connect real-world experiences to your future career while earning 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.

Course Information

UIP 250 – Navigating the Workplace

Online Course

Fulfill your experiential learning requirement while gaining professional experience and valuable networking opportunities! UIP 250 helps to enhance your career development through analysis and reflection of yourself and your work experience, applying what you engage in through this course to a real-world setting. You will learn how to navigate the changing workplace while gaining strategies for making informed career and work-life decisions. Make meaning of your internship or on/off-campus job with UIP 250.​

This online/asynchronous course is offered during fall/winter/spring/summer quarters, as well as during winter intersession.

Course Requirements

To be eligible to enroll in UIP 250, you must:

  • Be a current DePaul undergraduate student
  • Secure an internship or on/off-campus job that is approved by UIP and verified by your supervisor/employer

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.

Important Deadlines

In order to be eligible to enroll in UIP 250, you must submit your UIP EL application by the dates below. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed, however enrollment in UIP 250 is subject to approval based on course availability.

Deadline to Apply Fall 2019 Winter
Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Summer 2020
Last day to complete UIP EL Orientation and submit UIP EL application Monday, August 5
Monday, November 4 Monday, November 25 Monday, February 24 Friday,
May 8

*UIP accepts applications after the deadlines listed above, however they are subject to approval based on course availability/enrollment capacity. Enrollment for UIP closes one full business day before day 1 of the quarter.

Steps for Enrollment

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    1. Secure an internship or job

    An internship or on/off-campus job is required in order to enroll in UIP 250. Review the FAQs below to see if your experience would be approved for EL/academic credit by UIP.

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    2. Submit an application

    Once you have secured an internship or on/off-campus job, complete the application for enrollment at Based on the information provided in your application, the UIP team will approve or deny your request to enroll. Please note that UIP will be in touch with the supervisor listed on your application to verify your work experience.

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    3. Get enrolled

    Once your application is approved, the UIP team will enroll you in UIP 250.

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:

  1. 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;

  2. 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;

  3. Your supervisor must be a paid professional within the organization. Students that apply using a position where they are the organizations’ founder or co-founder and/or do not have an immediate supervisor will not be approved for enrollment in UIP 250.

  4. You position should allow you to receive substantial interaction with professional staff who can discuss the organization’s vision, goals, and objectives.

How do international students obtain work authorization to engage in off-campus employment?

F-1 and J-1 international students are eligible to work on- and off-campus with certain restrictions. All off-campus work authorization requires prior approval from International Student and Scholar Services (ISS). If you have any questions regarding employment authorization, contact ISS.

As an international student, you must:

  • Check with your ISS Advisor to see if you are eligible BEFORE submitting your application for UIP 250.
  • Apply for CPT (F-1 students) or AT (J-1 students). For step-by-step instructions, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISS) website.
  • IMPORTANT – You must receive authorization from ISS before starting your work experience associated with UIP 250.

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.

I have additional questions about receiving credit for my internship or on/off-campus job – who can I contact?

The UIP Team is available to walk you through the enrollment process and answer any questions you may have regarding eligibility, qualifications, deadlines and more! Contact us at ​