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Intern Abroad for Academic Credit Virtual Global Internships

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?

You enroll in our Virtual Global Internship course. Credit is awarded based on the successful completion of 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.

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.

Course Name/
Credits Applicable Fields for Transfer Credit
Art History AH 4880 3 Museum Studies, Curation
Anthropology AN4610 3
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
Dance DN 4410 3
English EN 4950 3 English and Literature
Only offered as pass/fail.
Environmental Planning EPL 3960 3 Environmental Science and Sustainable Development
Geography GE 3960 3
Graphic Design AG 4900 3 Only offered to students with senior status (students must have completed the equivalent of 90 credits).
History HI 4000 3
Interdisciplinary Studies IP 3100 3 Only offered as pass/fail
Music MU 4410 3
Philosophy HI 4000 3
Political Science PO 4010 3
Social Science SS 3910 3 Psychology
Sociology SO 4601 3
Theater TH 4410 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 and be majoring or minoring in one of the fields listed above.

GPA: 2.5


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 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.