Middlebury does not grant academic credit for unpaid internships that take place during the summer. However, you can receive a Transcript Notation, which indicates on your official transcript that you have completed the internship. In many cases, when employers require that students receive academic credit for an internship with their organization, the Transcript Notation is an alternative that might satisfy their requirement.
Be sure to verify this with the employer prior to the start of the internship. Complete the Transcript Notation Request form and submit it to EIA before the start of your proposed internship; we recommend that you do this as soon as you have been offered the internship. When EIA receives this completed form, we will send a letter to your internship sponsor/supervisor, explaining the Transcript Notation. If you or your employer have any questions about Transcript Notation or this process, please contact a career adviser.
After completing the internship, you must also ensure that your internship supervisor submits an evaluation letter to EIA describing your internship tasks and responsibilities and evaluating your performance.
Here's how the process works:
1. Complete and submit the Transcript Notation Request Form.
2. This will prompt EIA to write a letter (sent by e-mail as a PDF) to your supervisor that explains what Transcript Notation is. You will also be sent a copy of this letter.
3. You should ensure, as the letter will state, that the internship supervisor submits a letter to EIA before you start your experience, describing your tasks/responsibilities, and also a letter after your internship, evaluating your performance.
Other Key Information:
- Transcript Notation does not fulfill any graduation requirements.
- Some organizations, particularly in the media/communication and finance sectors, do not accept Middlebury's Transcript Notation as meeting their requirement regarding academic credit for their unpaid summer internships. If you find this to be your case, please come in to EIA to talk with a career adviser.
- If your unpaid-summer-internship employer requires credit (either during the application process, or after you submit your materials), we suggest that you come in to EIA to speak with a career adviser if you have questions about the differences between credit and a transcript notation.