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It is not unusual for students to work at two or more internships during their college career. Internships provide unique learning experiences and add to a student’s network of contacts.

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SCHC 498: Honors Internship Course

The general Honors Internship Course (SCHC 498) fulfills the Honors BTC requirement. The course also fulfills an Honors elective if a student has previously fulfilled the BTC requirement. To enroll in SCHC 498, students must complete the Honors Internship Contract and have that contract approved before beginning an internship experience.  Students enrolled in the course must work at least 150 hours and complete the academic requirements as outlined in the syllabus.  When the course is reflected on the student’s transcript and passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better, the Honors advisor will note completion of the BTC requirement on the student’s Honors Advising Form.

South Carolina Semester Program (SCHC 489: SC Semester Internship)

The South Carolina Semester Program (SCSP) is offered each academic year and gives students the opportunity to work in state government while earning academic credit. Students participating in the South Carolina Semester Program will receive six credit hours total (three credits in Fall and three credits in Spring). The course taken during fall semester, which focuses on all aspects of state government, fulfills the Honors Social and Behavioral Science requirement. During the spring semester, students serve as interns at a broad range of state agencies and enroll in a specialized honors internship course, SCHC 489. SCHC 489 fulfills the BTC requirement. The course also fulfills an Honors elective if a student has previously fulfilled the BTC requirement. The Honors Internship Team will enroll participating students in SCSP courses. In addition to SCSP courses, students will take other courses at UofSC.

South Carolina Washington Semester Program (SCHC 498: Washington Semester Internship)

Administered by the Honors College, the Washington Semester Program (WSP) gives students from colleges and universities across the state the opportunity to spend a semester interning and studying in Washington, D.C. WSP participants are involved in a wide range of activities, obtaining skills that will help prepare them for careers in virtually any sphere. Interested students should review WSP eligibility requirements and the application process. Students participating in WSP will receive fifteen credit hours total. SCHC 498: Washington Semester Internship, is a 9 credit course: three credits will fulfill the BTC requirement; six credits fulfill Honors Electives. In addition, students take two additional WSP classes: one three-credit course will cover the Honors Humanities credit (CORE: AIU), and the other three-credit course will cover the Honors Social and Behavioral Science requirement (CORE: GSS). If a student has previously fulfilled the BTC requirement, all nine credits from SCHC 498 can be applied to Honors Electives.”   The Honors Internship Team will enroll participating students in WSP courses.

Departmental Internship Courses

Departmental internship courses may also fulfill the Beyond the Classroom requirement. Students should check with their major advisor and individual college to inquire about pre-approved departmental internship courses. Students are responsible for keeping their Honors advisor informed if they plan on enrolling in a departmental internship course. All courses not pre-approved are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the SCHC Internship team to determine if the course is eligible to fulfill the BTC requirement. Students will either self-enroll or be enrolled through their department. If approved, when the course is reflected on the student’s transcript and passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better, the Honors Advisor will note completion of the BTC requirement on the student’s Honors Advising Form.

Career Center Cooperative Education and Internship Program

The Career Center’s Cooperative Education and Internship Program (fall, spring and summer semester) may also fulfill the Beyond the Classroom requirement.  This program is a good fit for students participating in a full-time cooperative education or internship experience during a major academic semester.  Students should communicate with the Career Center’s Experiential Education Team regarding eligibility and enrollment in the program for the fall, spring, or summer semesters.  Students are responsible for keeping their Honors advisor informed if they plan on enrolling in the program. Students will be enrolled in the program through the UofSC Career Center.  When the program is reflected on the student’s transcript, the student will earn six Honors credits. Three credits can fulfill BTC requirement, and 3 credits can fulfill an Honors Elective. The Honors Advisor will update the Honors advising form accordingly.


Frequently Asked Questions

Students can enroll in the Honors internship course multiple times. Each internship experience must be approved through the Honors Internship Contract.  The Honors internship course (and other approved internship experiences noted in the BTC policy) can fulfill the BTC requirement or an Honors Elective. 

A student must complete at least 150 hours to earn 3 Honors credits for an Honors internship.  Exceeding the 150 hours for an internship experience does not result in additional Honors credits.  

No.  While the general Honors Internship Course for 1 credit (SCHC 391) cannot fulfill the Honors BTC requirement, it can fulfill Honors Elective #7.

To enroll in SCHC 391, students must complete the Honors Internship Contract and have the contract approved before beginning an internship experience.  Students enrolled in the course must work at least 50 hours and complete the academic requirements as outlined in the syllabus.  When the course is reflected on the student’s transcript and passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better, the Honors advisor will note completion of Elective #7 on the student’s Honors Advising Form.

 


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