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Internships for Academic Credit

Comparative Literature is one of the most versatile majors you can choose as an undergraduate at Michigan. We understand that a number of our majors receive opportunities to work in various internship placements, especially over the summer months, putting their linguistic training and their skills as writers and speakers to work in placements outside the classroom. Some businesses and organizations that allow internships require that students receive some academic credit for their work (the students are not hired as regular employees of the company). The Department of Comparative Literature will allow students to register for one credit of COMPLIT 498 for an internship, under the following conditions:  

  • You must be a declared Comparative Literature major, and you cannot receive more than one credit for an internship. This credit cannot be used to fulfill the Department’s program requirements. 
  • You must apply for the internship at least three weeks before beginning your internship, and to receive the credit you must register for COMPLIT 498 with a faculty member in Comparative Literature in the term following your internship (this is typically done in the fall following spring or summer internship work). You are also required to submit a brief (circa 5 pp.) essay describing the kind of work you performed in your internship and talking a bit about what that work meant to you. You should also include contact information for your internship, along with any samples of your work. 
  • We ask that when you have completed your internship, the organization for which you interned also submit a brief letter to the Department describing your work.