Reverse Internship

Reverse Internship


What is Eastern’s Reverse Internship?

Credit for Lifelong Learning (CLL) is a unique program offered by Eastern for over 30 years.  Eastern has offered this program to eligible adults since 1973 because we recognize that significant learning occurs outside of the “traditional” college classroom.  In order to be considered for CLL, students must be at least 25 years old and have five or more years of significant work experience in fields related to the curriculum at Eastern.  One way to earn credit for your learning outside the classroom is the Reverse Internship (RI), a program that provides adults with significant work experience the opportunity to earn 3, 6, or 9 credits for college-level learning acquired outside of the traditional college classroom. Two other nontraditional CLL options are CLEP and DSST testing, as well as Advanced Placement (AP) in high school through which students can earn college credit toward their degrees.

Reverse Internship (RI)

The Reverse Internship is for adults with 5 or more years of work experience who intend to graduate from Eastern.  You can earn up to 9 credits for your learning in the areas of “Problem Solving,” “Teamwork/Collaboration,” and “Communication,” either written or oral.  You participate in a two-part, in-person workshop and complete an 8-10 page paper per topic, which ask you to reflect about college-level learning experiences you have had in your previous jobs and/or volunteer work as they relate to the three areas specified above.  Faculty review your papers and use a learning rubric to evaluate your learning and award college credit.  Students who wish to be considered for the RI must complete the “Application for the Reverse Internship Program” and return it to the Office of Continuing Studies and Enhanced Learning before the deadline.  Applications will be reviewed and qualified students will be invited to participate in the RI sessions in January.  The Workshop fee (see below) must be submitted to the Office of Continuing Studies & Enhanced Learning prior to the workshop in order for students to partake in it.

Tell me more about the workshop!

The typical workshop consists of two mandatory and one optional Saturday sessions held during the January Intersession. When there is sufficient student interest, a workshop may occasionally be offered during the Summer as well. The sessions include opportunities for individual consultation with the workshop instructor or Program Coordinator, and informal small group meetings as needed.  We strongly advise students against registering for winter/summer courses when they are participating in the workshop, as the deadlines, research, and writing demanded by this course are academically challenging.

The workshop helps you create your own electronic portfolio that specifically details your college level learning.  The basic components of the electronic portfolio are:

  • One to three 8-10 page researched academic paper(s) with 8-10 sources each
  • Documentation materials

Please note: Registration for this workshop is by invitation only.  A separate announcement/registration form will be mailed to you upon approval of the Program Coordinator.

What happens after I complete the electronic portfolio?

The Committee reviews the portfolio and determines the number of credits to be awarded.  You are officially notified by mail of the Committee’s decision, and the awarded credits are added to your University transcript.  Please note that CLL credits do not count towards the university’s 30-credit residency requirement

A maximum of 60 nontraditional credits can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree at Eastern (a maximum of 30 credits towards an associate’s degree).  Nontraditional credits include those earned through Credit for Lifelong Learning such as the Reverse Internship, through nationally recognized testing programs (such as CLEP and DSST), and for military training. 

Reverse Internship Fees (Subject to change)

RI Workshop Fee (includes assessment of 3-9 credits) $900

I’m interested.  Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you…

  • Are officially matriculated and have 9 credits at ECSU
  • Are at least 25 years of age
  • Have a minimum of five years’ paid work experience related to subject areas taught by Eastern.
  • Have experience that includes non-paid learning experiences such as volunteer activities and non-credit training.

You must be able to…           

  • Describe your experience
  • Identify the college-level knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Provide documentation to support your learning

Oral Communication Rubric

Problem Solving Rubric

Teamwork Rubric

Written Communication Rubric

Please note:

  • Credits are not awarded for what you have done, but rather for what you have learned.

I think I qualify…What is my next step?

  1. Schedule an assessment interview with Britt Rothauser, the Credit for Lifelong Learning Coordinator for the Office of Continuing Studies & Enhanced Learning. Call: (860) 465-5250 or Email:
  2. Your work/life experience and college record will be reviewed to determine if you qualify and whether your potential credit could be utilized within your degree program at Eastern.
  3. Once the Coordinator has identified you as an appropriate applicant, you will then be scheduled for a required, noncredit workshop.