Collegiate students who have completed a majority of their degree programs and/or who are not enrolled or registered in courses during the summer or any given term for either of a number of reasons, i.e. they are experiencing challenges acquiring tuition money and/or they just want to fully indulge in the pragmatic learning experience, should be capable of completing and acquiring credit for internships. The chief benefit of retroactive internship credit is that it would give students the opportunity to make constructive use of those periods that they are not enrolled in school, particularly when it is due to reasons beyond their control. When they are capable of returning to school, they’d have less course credit to acquire.

To apply retroactive credit for already completed internships, students would register for an internship during a succeeding term. Students would be asked during the online registration process and/or via any paper form that they must complete to specify if they are applying for retroactive internship credit; and said internships would be verified, of course. Another benefit of retroactively awarded internship credit or students not having to pay for internship credit until they are actively enrolled and taking other classes is that the retro internship credit would be paid for under the umbrella of registration and other fees* for those classes, and, again, the students could fully indulge in the experience without having to take any other classes.

*Paying registration and other fees for a single course or internship, for those who would want to exclusively enroll in an internship, would be imprudent. Additionally, there are no guarantees that those who apply will be definitively awarded co-ops or cooperative education opportunities (6-week on-the-job-training-for college credit programs).

Students who are not actively enrolled in classes are the best candidates for internships (which, are usually always obtainable), because they do not have to worry about scheduling them around their classes, which could be especially challenging for those participating in unpaid internships, especially if they have regular jobs. Unenrolled students should readily grasp their schools’ concern—Retroactive internships should be one of varied elements in every college, university, and technical school’s push to increase their student retention and graduation rates, and each should have a vested interest in all of their students graduating and entering their choice careers fully prepared…

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