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What is an honors internship course?

Internships provide an opportunity to acquire practical, discipline-specific knowledge and skills by engaging in intensive, organized learning experiences outside of the classroom.

To be eligible for academic credit through MHC, internships must be constructed to produce specific outcomes related directly to an academic field. For each three-credit internship course, MHC scholars must complete a minimum of 150 hours within the organization. Regular employment outside of coursework, practicums within a major, and student teaching are not eligible for honors internship credit.

MHC has two internship courses: HON 275 for the first experience, and HON 375 for a subsequent experience. The second semester of internship credit may be earned from either the same internship that continues into a subsequent semester or an entirely different opportunity.


How do I enroll in an honors internship course?

To enroll in an honors internship course (HON 275 or HON 375), students submit the MHC Internship Application (below). Before the internship can be accepted, the worksite supervisor must confirm the following, via their company email:

  1. confirmation that you have been accepted to participate in this internship,
  2. all duties associated with the internship,
  3. the number of total hours you will serve in the internship,
  4. the amount of hours per week you will serve for the internship,
  5. the start and completion dates of the internship,
  6. names and contact information of relevant supervisors, and
  7. compensation (if any) for duties performed.

This confirmation should be submitted by the supervisor to the following email address: hc.intern-practicum@wku.edu.


Honors Internship Application


What is the deadline to submit the MHC Internship Application?

The application and the supervisor’s confirmation MHC Internship Application must be submitted at least one week before the first day of the term in which the internship course will be taken. However, scholars are encouraged to submit the application as early as possible in order to ensure the internship experience qualifies. Upon approval, applicants will be enrolled in the appropriate course.


When can I take HON 275 or HON 375?

The internship courses may be taken concurrently with the internship, or in a semester that immediately follows the internship experience. Full semester and second-biterm sections of both courses are offered in fall and spring semesters.


For more information, please email honors@wku.edu.

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 Last Modified 5/16/23