Internship Credit

Can I get credit for an internship?

Most media-related internships qualify for credit under the course FMS-0099 Media Internships. By challenging you to problem-solve and reflect on your experiences, this course helps you get the most out of your internship and relate it to your academic and career interests.

Internships for credit:

  • To receive credit for an internship, you must enroll in FMS-0099, including during the summer through the Tufts Summer School*. For more details on FMS-0099 coursework and assignments, view the sample syllabus.
  • You must have your internship approved by Leslie Goldberg before you begin work.
  • You can earn 4 SHUs (a minimum of 150 work hours) or 2 SHUs (a minimum of 75 work hours) for your internship. FMS-0099 is graded pass/fail.
  • You must take FMS-0099 during the semester/summer you are working at your internship; you cannot get credit retroactively.
  • Internships can be done in-person or remotely.
  • You do not need to be a Film and Media Studies (FMS) major or minor to do an internship for credit.
  • FMS majors and minors can count one internship towards their major or minor. The internship counts as an FMS media practice elective but does not fulfill the FMS media practice requirement.
  • Students are eligible for for-credit internships beginning in the summer after their first year.
  • Tufts allows students to count up to 2 internships toward their graduation requirements.
  • Tufts allows transfer internship credit from one of the Tufts Study Abroad programs or from the Boston University Study Abroad programs in London, Sydney, or Los Angeles. Internships done through other study abroad programs or independently while studying elsewhere will not be accepted for credit transfer.

*Since summer internships for credit require you to pay for the course through the Tufts Summer School, some students opt to save money by choosing Career Credit, offered through Tufts Career Services. (Career Credit is free but does not earn SHUs.) Learn more about Career Credit.

Internship Credit for International Students

If you are an international student, you must apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) through the Tufts International Center in order to do an internship for credit through FMS. You may not begin work at your internship until you receive CPT approval.

Learn more and apply for CPT

For more information, contact the International Center.