Finance Your Internship

Budgeting for tuition, housing, travel, and hours on-site are factors to consider as you plan for your internship.

Credit: Consult with your academic advisor and/or internship coordinator to assess how many credit hours you need to satisfy the requirements of your program of study/major. It is important to avoid earning and paying for more academic credit than you need. You will pay for each credit hour you earn as an intern as with any other credit bearing course.

Tuition: AppState tuition costs can be found here. Student Accounts Tuition and Fees.

Financial Aid: If you are receiving financial aid, managing your financial aid package and maintaining your satisfactory academic progress is critical. Remember to seek the advice from The Office of Student Financial Aid when addressing your financial aid package.

Work: Take into consideration whether you can maintain part or all of your on/off campus job while you intern.

Housing: Think about whether or not you can secure an internship where you have a place to live. Factor in the cost of your housing arrangement. 

Travel: Examine costs of commuting to your internship. Account for your time and transportation costs (gasoline, mileage, public transportation fees).  

Pay, stipend, or experience only: The value of an internship is measured by its ability to provide the opportunity to meet your learning and skill development goals for your career and for the completion of your degree program/major.  Academic credit can be considered whether you are paid for your internship or not.

Internship sites vary in their ability to pay or to offer a stipend to their intern. It is likely most interns will secure an unpaid internship.