Liberal Arts Career Institute (LACI) 101: Credit Internship Course
LACI 101: Credit Internship Course is a one-credit, web-based course designed to complement your internship experience. Assignments will be completed each week and uploaded to our online course site, Canvas. Assignments include journals, resume writing, evaluations and a final paper. Course communications are also managed via Canvas by email.
Liberal Arts Career Institute internship courses can be repeated in different semesters/summer sessions in conjunction with new/different internships. In addition, you can register for a Liberal Arts Career Institute internship course more than once in a given semester or during the summer in conjunction with separate internships (i.e., if you have more than one internship, you can enroll in the course more than once in conjunction with different internships).
SyllabusDownload the Spring 2015 Syllabus
- Currently-enrolled, degree-seeking student in an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university
- Twelve or more credit hours by the start of the semester or summer in which you register for the internship course
- In good academic standing (above 2.0 GPA, not on academic probation) at home institution
- Not on scholastic or disciplinary dismissal at home institution
- For those who have taken any of the LACI internship courses in a previous semester, you earned a passing grade in each course (you have never failed a LACI internship course)
Internship Site Eligibility
The internship site may be local to your home institution or anywhere around the world.
Internship eligibility is reviewed on a case-by-case basis; however, following are general requirements. The internship must (1) provide direct and daily supervision and guidance; (2) provide regular access to the supervisor; (3) assign meaningful projects; and (4) provide a professional, established working environment with a strong learning component (home-office sites and virtual/work from home or "in the field" internships are not eligible for the course).
During the fall and spring semesters, you must intern a minimum of 10 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks between the first and last class day. Spring 2015 dates are January 20-May 8, 2015.
During the summer term, you must intern a minimum of 14 hours per week for a minimum of 9 weeks between the first and last class day. Summer 2015 dates are June 4-August 14, 2015.
This course is offered on a credit/no credit basis. Please see the course syllabus to explore the grading policy and credit structre. The credit awarded is UT Austin Liberal Arts lower-division elective credit. Transfer of credit is solely at the discretion of your home institution.
Spring 2015 Application Deadlines
You must complete all seven steps in the application process (see details in How To Apply section) by the application deadline. If you do not complete one or more application step by the application deadline, the course will be officially closed, your application will be cancelled and you will not be eligible to participate in the internship course. Please note that all deadline times are listed in Central Standard Time (time in Austin, Texas).
- Application (steps 1-6) deadline is: January 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM (noon)
- Course Fee payment (step 7) deadline is: January 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM (noon)
Fee Information & Refund Policy
The LACI Internship Course has an administrative fee of $40 and a course fee of $260, for a total of $300. These fees do not include access to University of Texas at Austin services.
Payment deadlines and the course fee refund policy for the summer 2014 semester are as follows. Please note that all deadline times are listed in Central Standard Time (time in Austin, Texas).
- Administrative Fee: The $40 administrative fee is due upon approval of Step 1 (Application Part A); this fee is nonrefundable.
- Course Fee: The $260 course fee is due by January 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM (noon); this fee is refundable by the date listed below.
- Refund Policy: The $260 course fee is refundable in full if a request to cancel your application is received in writing (by email or fax) by January 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM (noon); please send your request to Monica Chartier at email@example.com or by fax to 512-471-7903. Once the refund deadline has passed, your course fee is no longer refundable.
Course Withdrawal and Incompletion Policies
Course Withdrawal Policy: Course withdrawal is available in extraordinary circumstances. Petitions with accompanying documentation are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and solely at the discretion of the course instructor. When approved, students can withdraw from the course at any time before the last class day with no recorded grade (pass or fail). For example, a medical withdrawal with medical documentation will result in a course cancellation rather than incomplete fail grade. If course withdrawal approval is not granted, you may leave the course and receive a failing grade. A course withdrawal is not eligible for a refund of course-related fees.
Incompletion Policy: In order to successfully complete this course, you MUST complete the internship. If you leave the internship before the end date; are let go from the site; or fail to complete the required number of hours, you will automatically fail the internship course. If the employer lets you go for reasons beyond your control, you will not automatically fail this course; we will work with you in such cases. An incompletion of the internship course is not eligible for a refund of course-related fees.
How to Apply
This course has a seven-step application and payment process. Step 1 must be completed first. Once your Application Part A (Step 1) is approved, you will be given access to the Administrative Fee (Step 2) payment site. Once your payment is made you can continue with steps 3-6. Steps 3-6 can be completed concurrently/in no particular order as long as all steps are completed by the application deadline. Once your application has received final approval, you will be given access to the Course Fee (Step 7) payment site. After making your final course fee payment (prior to the deadline), you will receive an official enrollment notification and access to Canvas, our online course software.
Step 1: Complete Application Part A [online here].
Step 2: Once your Application Part A is approved, you will be given access to the $40 Administrative Fee payment site.
Once you have successfully completed Application Part A and you have paid your Administrative Fee, you will be given access to the next application steps (3-6).
Step 3: You and your internship supervisor will complete and submit Application Part B, including the internship learning agreement.
Step 4: Non-UT Austin students will submit your official transcript from your current home institution.
Step 5: You will submit a copy of the official internship offer letter from your employer.
Step 6: You will submit the Identification Verification Form that has been notarized by a public notary or by a member of the Liberal Arts Career Services staff on the UT Austin campus.
Step 7: Once you have completed steps 1-6, you will be given access to the $260 Course Fee payment site.
Monica Chartier, LACI Course Coordinator
Liberal Arts Career Services, The University of Texas at Austin
2304 Whitis Ave Stop G6200, Austin, TX 78712-1508
512.471.7900 | firstname.lastname@example.org