As a CIS Abroad participant on a Virtual Global Internship (VGI) program, there are a couple of ways that you can earn credit for your internship.
Option 1: Transferable credit arranged through CIS Abroad
Participants in our VGI program have the option to earn university credit. You can earn three credits for the six week program, either in interdisciplinary studies, or a specific major (majors listed below) through our partnership with Plymouth State University. By enrolling in a second 6-week program, you can earn another three credits. Thus six credits over 12 weeks is the maximum amount of credit possible. Listed below are the field and the Plymouth State University course number that will appear on your transcript. Contact an advisor to see if the the following fields are available in your virtual intern location. Please note those career fields for which only pass/no pass grades are available. Upon request, CIS Abroad can issue a grade report listing the letter grade earned by the intern to accompany the PSU transcript.
How is credit awarded?
You will be enrolled in our Virtual Global Internship online module. Credit is awarded based on the successful completion of the online module, live class attendance, and a variety of assignments listed below, according to this grading rubric.
- Pre-program reflection paper based on intern’s goals for the program
- Two guided reflection papers completed by intern during the program
- Mid-term Online Evaluation completed by intern
- Mid-term and Final Evaluations completed by internship supervisor
- Summative reflection paper and LinkedIn profile synthesizing the overall learning experience
Upon completion of your virtual internship, you will produce a video, presentation, or similar deliverable (to be determined in consultation with their internship supervisor) which presents the outcomes/results of your internship to your supervisor.
The amount of credit is awarded based on the number of hours spent interning:
- 120 work hours = enrollment in one 6 week VGI session = 3 credits
- 240 work hours = enrollment in two 6 week VGI sessions = 6 credits
Interns will receive a transcript 6-10 weeks after the program term ends stating the grade and the number of credits earned.
Plymouth State University Transcript
You have the option of getting ‘Interdisciplinary Studies’ credit or credit that is specific to your major, so long as the major is listed below. Listed below are the fields and the corresponding Plymouth State University course number that will appear on your transcript. Contact an advisor to see if the following fields are available in your virtual intern location.
Please note those career fields for which only pass/no pass grades are available. Upon request, CIS Abroad can issue a grade report listing the letter grade earned by the intern to accompany the PSU transcript.
|Credits||Applicable Fields for Transfer Credit|
|Adventure Education||AP 4880||3|
|Applied French||FR 3800||3||Repeatable for up to 8 credits with permission.|
|Art History||AH 4880||3||Museum Studies, Curation|
|Business||BU 4600||3||Accounting, Advertising, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Finance, International, Marketing|
|Communication and Media Studies||CM 3950||3||Advertising, Communication, Film and Television, Journalism, Public Relations.
Students must have taken “Intro to Media and Cultural Studies” and “Intro to Communication”
|Computer Science||CS 4920||3|
|Criminal Justice||CJ 4580||3||Criminology, Law|
|English||EN 4950||3||English and Literature
Only offered as pass/fail.
|Environmental Planning||EPL 3960||3||Environmental Science and Sustainable Development|
|Environmental Science & Policy||ESP 4630||3|
|Exercise & Sport Physiology||EX 4880||3|
|Graphic Design||AG 4900||3||Only offered to students with senior status (students must have completed the equivalent of 90 credits).|
|Geographic Information Systems||GE 4100||3|
|Interdisciplinary Studies||IP 3100||3||Only offered as pass/fail|
|Physical Education||PE 4880||3|
|Political Science||PO 4010||3|
|Public Health||PBH 4400||3|
|Social Science||SS 3910||3||Psychology|
|Sport Management||CC 4881||3|
|Tourism Management||TMP 4000||3||Eco-tourism, Hospitality, Tourism, Recreational Management.|
To receive credit through CIS Abroad from Plymouth State University, interns must have completed a minimum of 60 hours (approximately 2 full years) of college or university credit before participating in the program, be majoring or minoring in one of the fields listed above, and meet any prerequisites listed.
There is an $600 fee/program for interns who wish to receive credit from Plymouth State University.
Plymouth State University, CIS Abroad’s accrediting partner, is a NEASC-accredited institution with more than 20 years of experience awarding internship credit both domestically and internationally. Plymouth State University has been nationally recognized for its commitment to the environment and for innovative programs that are making an impact both regionally and globally.
Option 2: Credit arranged through your home institution
Many students are able to arrange credit approval through their home universities. Contact your study abroad office, academic advisor, or career services to see if this option is available at your school!
What’s the difference between a grade report and a transcript?
A transcript is an official document, issued by an accredited college or university, that lists the course taken, credits earned, and grade earned. A grade report is an unofficial document that includes the same details, but issued by CIS Abroad.