As a CIS Abroad participant on an intern abroad program, there are a couple of ways that you can earn credit for your internship:
Option 1: Transferable credit arranged through CIS Abroad
You can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed below through our partnership with Plymouth State University. Listed below are the field, the Plymouth State University course number that will appear on your transcript, as well as the range of credits available. Contact an advisor to see if the the following fields are available in your intern abroad 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||6-12|
|Applied French||FR 3800||1-4||Repeatable for up to 8 credits with permission.|
|Art History||AH 4880||3-6||Museum Studies, Curation|
|Business||BU 4600||3-12||Accounting, Advertising, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Finance, International, Marketing|
|Communication and Media Studies||CM 3950||3-6||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||1-6|
|Criminal Justice||CJ 4580||3-6||Criminology, Law|
|English||EN 4950||3-12||English and Literature
Only offered as pass/fail.
|Environmental Planning||EPL 3960||3-6||Environmental Science and Sustainable Development|
|Environmental Science & Policy||ESP 4630||3-12|
|Exercise & Sport Physiology||EX 4880||1-6|
|Graphic Design||AG 4900||3-6||Only offered to students with senior status (students must have completed the equivalent of 90 credits).|
|Geographic Information Systems||GE 4100||1-4|
|Interdisciplinary Studies||IP 3100||3-12||Only offered as pass/fail|
|Physical Education||PE 4880||4-12|
|Political Science||PO 4010||3-12|
|Public Health||PBH 4400||4-12|
|Social Science||SS 3910||3-6||Psychology|
|Sport Management||CC 4881||4-12|
|Tourism Management||TMP 4000||3-12||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 going on the program and be majoring or minoring in one of the fields listed above.
There is an $600 fee for interns who wish to receive credit from Plymouth State University. There is no price difference for 3, 6, 9, or 12 credits.
How is credit given?
Credit will be assessed and given based on the successful completion of a variety of assignments. Assignments include papers, reflection papers, and evaluations and will be assessed based on this grading rubric.
- Minimum 3 page pre-departure paper based on intern’s goals for the program
- Directed, reflection papers completed by intern during the program (three entries)
- Mid-term Online Evaluation completed by intern
- Mid-term and Final Evaluations completed by internship supervisor
- 6-8 page summative reflection on overall learning experience
- Final video reflecting on internship
Credit is given in letter grade format (A,B,C,D,F) in a specific academic discipline, unless otherwise noted above. The amount of credit is awarded based on the number of hours interned: 120 hours = 3 credits, 240 hours = 6 credits, 360 hours = 9 credits, 480 hours = 12 credits. Interns will receive a transcript 6-10 weeks after the program ends stating the grade and the number of credits earned. The number of hours that can be completed depends on type of internship and location.
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!
Note: Plymouth State University coursework and a CIS Abroad grade report are included for all Intern in Rome students.
All Intern in Rome participants will be enrolled in the Plymouth State University internship course, completing the assignments as outlined above. At the end of the term, you will receive a grade report (not a transcript) to show for your completion of the coursework.
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.