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Experiential Learning Courses

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.

Course Information

UIP 250 – Navigating the Workplace

Online Course

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.

Course Requirements

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.

Important Deadlines

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.

Quarter you plan to enroll in Summer 2019 Fall 2019 Winter
Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Summer 2020
Last day to complete UIP EL Orientation and submit UIP EL application Friday,
May 10
Monday, August 5
Monday, November 4 Monday, November 25 Monday, February 24 Friday,
May 8

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. Complete the online D2L UIP Orientation

    This is a prerequisite and must be completed in order to apply for enrollment in UIP 250. You can complete the orientation at any time, even before you have secured a job or internship. Once enrolled through D2L, you can participate at your convenience. Successful completion of the orientation is good for one year. Click here to request access to the orientation.

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    3. 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 application. Please note that UIP will be in touch with the supervisor listed on your application to verify your work experience.

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    4. 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. 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 failing grade;

  4. Your supervisor must be a paid professional within the organization;

  5. 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?

If you have an F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant visa status, you must first obtain the necessary authorization to engage in off-campus employment from International Student and Scholar Services (ISS) If you have any questions regarding employment authorization, contact ISS. ​

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 ​