Individual Study


An Internship Learning Contract (INT) includes applied work experience, that is negotiated among a student, a field supervisor in an organization or business, and an Evergreen faculty/staff sponsor. The student arranges to spend an agreed-upon number of hours (paid or unpaid) working with an organization, engaging in activities that provide new learning for the student and at the same time benefit the host organization. Many internship contracts also include an academic component which the student negotiates with the faculty sponsor.


Find an Internship Organization
First, check-in with the Community Based Learning and Action Center and/or go to to enter the Community Opportunities Database (CODa) to help you find an internship organization.

In order for Evergreen students to complete an internship, we require that there be an institutional agreement between the internship site and The Evergreen State College. Please note: Site Agreements are NOT required for internships sponsored by any official governmental agency of the State of Washington.

If the site is not an official governmental agency sponsored by the State of Washington, and a representative from the site has not already done so in the last year, the site must have an authorized party sign and return the Internship Site Agreement (PDF) to the Academic Deans Office at The Evergreen State College.

Tips to help you find an internship: Interview TipsView Sample Internship Resumes and Writing an Internship Resume.

Plan Ahead - Meet with an Academic Advisor
The earlier you plan and begin to create a draft contract the more likely you will be able to find a sponsor and be successful in developing your contract.  Use an Activities Timeline to help you consider the amount of work you will need to do to earn the credit you are seeking. It is important to contact a potential sponsor and field supervisor at least a full quarter in advance of the quarter you would like to do a contract and make sure there is no conflict of interest between you and the sponsor and/or field supervisor.  At this point in time it is also important to check and see if your internship requires a verification of new learning.

Negotiate and Get Feedback
Once you have a commitment from a Field Supervisor and potential sponsor, you will negotiate specific learning objectives, learning activities, subcontractor support, academic support, evaluation, and appropriate award of credit. Also, as you develop your contract, be sure to review the Academic Deans' Review Criteria that the deans use to approve or not approve your contract prior to registration. Use the online contract process to share a draft contract to begin negotiation with your sponsor and field supervisor.

When developing a contract both the student and sponsor should discuss use of technology with regard to working on the contract over the term. The faculty sponsor’s requirements for use of technology by the student must refer to technology that the college currently administers and supports. 

You must negotiate with an approved sponsor (a faculty or staff member) well in advance of the quarter for which you will be doing the activities of the contract. For example, if you want a contract for fall quarter, spring quarter is the time to negotiate. If you both agree to commit to the contract, that faculty or staff member becomes your sponsor.

Questions?  Contact Academic Advising or 360-867-6312