Many employers are now requiring that written documentation be provided from colleges stating that the internship has been formally registered with the college. This has posed a problem for students interested in gaining relevant work experience during the summer but do not need or are reluctant to pay for additional college credits. Many employers will accept transcript notations or a letter from the college stating that the college recognizes the value of the internship and its relation to the student’s academic success.
Colleges offering Transcript Notations must approve the internship and usually require specific forms to be completed beforehand to provide the college with the relevant documentation required to reflect the internship on a student’s transcript. Students need to provide the college with information on the organization, name of the on-site supervisor, and what the student’s responsibilities will be during the internship. A goals statement as well as a final project and evaluation are also often required by the college.
Check with your college to see what types of internships are offered and learn more about internship options prior to doing a summer internship. Not everyone can afford to pay college tuition to do an internship for the summer, especially if the internship is unpaid. If offered by your college, a transcript notation may be the way to go to gain that relevant work experience to include on a resume while not being required to pay additional tuition.