In an internship, students typically serve 8-10 hours a week at a particular agency for a period of 13 weeks. A student can sign up for an internship through registering for Urban Studies 360 (Junior Internship) or 460 (Senior Internship). The internship placements are administered by the Careers Services program, and students need to check the Career Services Web site for information and listings. Students will need to attend orientation meetings—which occur before registration—with Career Services in the middle of the semester. The student needs to fill out the application from Career Services, and the director of internships in Urban Studies will sign the application and advise the student on appropriate sites.

Students may take internships during either the first or second semester. However, students may also register for 1-2 academic hours during the summer (expect to pay summer tuition) and perform the field placement hours; the remaining academic hours are done during the first semester.

The internship is both a field experience and an academic experience. Students are expected to link the activities of their internship with other work they have done in the classroom. Students spend 117 hours in the field and then also have a sequence of four class experiences to link the internship to the field of Urban Studies.