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Internship Agreements

The LSA Opportunity Hub supports and encourages students in their pursuit of experiential learning opportunities, including internships. In some cases internship sites request that the University of Michigan sign academic affiliation agreements, internship agreements, or other legally binding documents/forms prior to the student’s beginning an internship.

As always, questions can be sent to lsa-opphub@umich.edu. We are always happy to meet with students/employers to discuss documentation questions; email lsa-opphub@umich.edu to schedule.

Below are some aspects of this to keep in mind:

Information for students

In the overwhelming majority of cases, neither the U-M nor the LSA Opportunity Hub can sign or enter into academic affiliation agreements, internship agreements, or other types of legally binding documents/forms for internships undertaken by LSA undergraduate students due to the lack of sufficient university academic involvement/control/oversight of the internship.

  • When in doubt, please email the LSA Opportunity Hub (lsa-opphub@umich.edu) to set up an appointment to have your documentation reviewed. You must be an LSA undergraduate student to have any documentation reviewed by the LSA Opportunity Hub.

  • If you are enrolled in ALA 225 (Undergraduate Internship Course), the LSA Opportunity Hub can, with your written permission, confirm to a third party that you are enrolled in ALA 225 at the time of writing. ALA 225 is a mini-course where students receive credit for reflective coursework completed during their internship.

  • Under federal law and university policy, the LSA Opportunity Hub generally cannot discuss specific student cases with parents without the written permission of the student.

  • The earlier that students identify whether they need to enroll in an internship course or pursue an academic affiliation agreement, internship agreement, or other legally binding documents/forms, the better prepared students can be. If an academic affiliation agreement or internship agreement is requested, it’s a good idea to come to the LSA Opportunity Hub to explore potential options.

  • Students for whom the LSA Opportunity Hub signs any sort of document in connection with the internship, with or without legally binding clauses, must first register their internship opportunity in the LSA Opportunity Network. This creates a formal record with the University that documentation was reviewed.

Information for internship sites/employers

  • In the overwhelming majority of cases, neither the U-M nor the LSA Opportunity Hub can sign or enter into academic affiliation agreements, internship agreements, or other types of legally binding documents/forms for internships being undertaken by LSA undergraduate students. If you intend to accept LSA undergraduate students as interns, please reach out directly to the LSA Opportunity Hub regarding any documentation requests.

  • If the student is enrolled in ALA 225 (Undergraduate Internship Course), the LSA Opportunity Hub can, with the student’s written permission, confirm to a third party that the student is indeed enrolled in ALA 225 at the time of writing. The university grants credit for that course based on coursework completed rather than for work performed for an employer.