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Work & Learn Courses

Earn academic credits and fulfill your Experiential Learning (EL) credit while engaging in workplace learning at your internship or job.

Course Information

Online Course

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.

UIP 250 is open for current DePaul undergraduate students, and it can be repeated 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. We offer this course year round.

Steps for Enrollment

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1. Secure an internship or job

Before you can apply for UIP 250, you must have first secured an internship, campus employment, a research position, or a job that will run synchronously to the quarter you’re applying for. We cannot approve previous experiences. UIP will review each position individually ensuring that it meets the requirements (see FAQ below).

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2. Submit an application

Submit an application for enrollment at uip.depaul.edu. In the application, you’ll provide an official job description with a breakdown of your roles and responsibilities, company and supervisor information, as well as what you hope to learn from the experience.

UIP reviews applications within two business days, and if the position is eligible, we will contact your supervisor to confirm the work experience. Once we receive supervisor confirmation your application will be approved.

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3. Get enrolled

Once your application is approved, the UIP team will enroll you in UIP 250. UIP accepts applications on a rolling basis and fills the sections as applications are approved. If your application is not approved before the sections fill or the enrollment cut off period (end of the first week of the term), we cannot enroll you.

Frequently Asked Questions

In order to receive academic credit for your work experience through enrollment in UIP 250, your position must meet the following qualifications:

1.  The work performed should be significant, allowing you to hone skills while exploring career development issues and interests. It can not entail more than 25% clerical work;

2.  Your work experience must run for the duration of the course, accumulating a minimum of 80 hours during the quarter you are enrolled.

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

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:

IMPORTANT – You must receive authorization from ISS before starting your work experience associated with UIP 250.

Yes! The Internship Plus 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. 

You can also find additional funding sources here.

The UIP Team is available to walk you through the enrollment process and answer any questions you may have regarding eligibility, qualifications and more! Contact us at uip@depaul.edu.