As a CIS Abroad participant in a Virtual Global Internship (VGI) program, you have a couple of options to receive 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 general 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.
How is credit awarded?
- 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.
For the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Semesters, credit is given as Pass/No Pass. 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. Upon request, CIS Abroad will issue a grade report indicating the grade earned along with the PSU transcript.
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. The internship course number below is what will appear on your transcript. Contact an advisor to see if the following fields are available in your intern abroad location.
|Credits||Applicable Fields for Transfer Credit|
|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”
|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|
|Graphic Design||AG 4900||3||Only offered to students with senior status (students must have completed the equivalent of 90 credits).|
|Interdisciplinary Studies||IP 3100||3||Only offered as pass/fail|
|Political Science||PO 4010||3|
|Social Science||SS 3910||3||Psychology|
|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 and be majoring or minoring in one of the fields listed above.
There is an $800 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 grade report shows the grades earned for one term (or in this case, course). A transcript, in contrast, shows the entire academic history. If you are seeking credit for your internship, talk to your home university – you will likely need to order a transcript.