Michael Best Scholars Internship Program

If interested please contact Sibyl McCarley

General Overview

  • Academic credit (student’s responsibility to attain)
  • Target student audience: University of Wisconsin - Madison Letters & Science Honors program; or University of Wisconsin - Madison graduate/law students
  • Majors: government, political science, public policy, communications, mass communications, business, marketing (for the Digital Media internship)
  • GPA requirement: 3.3 or higher
  • Time Commitment: approximately 15 hours per week
  • Schedule: precise schedule to be agreed upon with Rob Marchant

“Taking part in the Michael Best Scholars program was the best decision I could’ve made during college. I always had an interest in government but I wasn’t sure how I could connect that with my passion for the business world. Michael Best Strategies was an amazing example of how well the two can be connected and leveraged against one another. The team at MBS is dynamic and driven and kept me learning every single day.”

- Former Michael Best Strategies Scholar

General Program Goals

  • Learn professional skills in all job situations, putting theory into practice in each discipline
  • Work ethically, with the highest standard of professional conduct and responsibility
  • Obtain practical, marketable work experience
  • Build valuable networks for future job opportunities

UW Policy Regarding Internship Credit

Can I get college credit for my internship?

  • Internships are worth doing regardless of whether you receive college credit for them. Receiving academic credit for an internship does not increase its value; in fact part of what makes an internship valuable is that it is done outside the classroom, and above and beyond the academic requirements for your degree.
  • There are some situations where receiving credit for an internship is either necessary (because the employer requires that) or is beneficial because it directly relates to an area of research or because a student is seeking a way to have a structured reflection about their internship experience. In that situation, there are some mechanisms in place to enable students to earn college credit for academic work related to an internship.
  • Career services runs a one-credit online course called Inter L&S 260. The class is offered every semester (fall, spring, summer) and encourages students to connect their internship experience with the goals of a liberal arts education. To learn more about this class visit the Career Services website.
  • If you are doing an international internship, you can participate in the Worldwide Internship Program through the Division of International Studies which includes a 3-credit online seminar that you take in tandem with the internship.
  • Some departments have their own dedicated internship classes. Many of these are designed for majors to connect their internship with research and theory in their academic discipline.
  • Students sometimes approach individual faculty whose work is somehow related to the field and/or goals of the internship to create an individualized research project through a directed study number (699, 399 etc).
  • In all of these cases, the academic credit is awarded not for the internship, but for work in the classroom whether through readings, discussions and lectures, or other kinds of coursework (essays, research projects) that reflect on or otherwise relate to the internship experience.
  • If you are interested in receiving college credit for an internship, we recommend that you talk to an advisor to discuss your options.

Can I get honors credit for my internship?

No. The UW College of Letters and Science Honors Program does not award honors credit for an internship or reflection-on-the-internship independent study coursework. If you have questions about this, please refer them to the honors email account at honors@honors.ls.wisc.edu.

If interested please contact Sibyl McCarley

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