Applied Study: Overview and Requirements

The applied study is a semester-long, 120-hour paid/unpaid internship or applied learning opportunity. Qualifying positions include: internships, part- or full-time jobs, volunteer work, co-ops, and fellowships. You are free to select an applied learning site, as long as it meets the following criteria:

  • The student will be able to obtain all 120 hours from a single work site during the semester in which they are enrolled. 
  • Students are expected to continue in their internships over the course of the entire enrolled semester, so that the course materials and assignments align with an active applied experience. 
  • The opportunity will integrate and apply both of your concentration areas thoroughly and that integration should be reflected in your responsibilities and duties.
  • The student will receive quality training by a supervisor/mentor who possesses expertise directly related to the intern’s responsibilities.
  • A job description will be provided that includes a detailed explanation of duties and/or projects, required skills or qualifications, and minimum number of hours per week.
  • Clerical or nonprofessional tasks will comprise no more than 20% of the intern’s responsibilities, and will not involve door-to-door sales or require students to market goods/services/brands to university students on campus.
  • The student will be provided with an appropriate work space and resources required to complete assignments.
  • Your site mentor cannot be you, a family member or relative, a friend, a significant other, a current ASU student, any person that you have a prior personal relationship with, or any person who reports directly or indirectly to any of the above.
  • While you cannot get IDS 401 credit for a current job you hold, there may be opportunities to work within the same company, as long as the experience you will undertake will be a new one for you. If you are interested in this option, you must contact the IDS 401 internship coordinator to discuss.
  • At this time, we do not approve any internships having to do with marijuana, hemp, or CBD.

Once you have a commitment from a mentor at a confirmed internship site, complete the online application. A student cannot start at their internship site until they have an approved application. Please note that all 120 must be completed during the semester, and hours accrued before the first day of the semester will not be counted.

Once you have a commitment from a mentor at a confirmed internship site, complete the online application.

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