Students at USC Upstate


Defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers,

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

Internships for Academic Credit

A student who wishes to enroll in an internship may do so by engaging a supervising faculty member, completing a contract in association with that faculty member, securing approval of the dean, and registering through the Records Office. Internship forms should be completed no later than the first week of the semester in which the student is interning. 

Credits earned, internship requirements, mandatory projects, and class meetings vary by department. Please remember that if a student plans on completing an internship for academic credit, he or she is responsible for meeting the financial responsibilies related to enrolling for the internship course. Please see information in the Academic Catalog for internship requirements for each major and contact the academic department to get started!

Undergraduate Programs

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Dirk Schlingmann, Dean 
CASB 114D 

Barbara Chastain
Administrative Assistant to the Dean 
Phone: 864-503-7303

The College of Arts and Sciences includes the following areas:

  • Fine Arts & Communication Studies
  • History, Political Science, Philosophy, & American Studies
  • Informatics Department
  • Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Languages, Literature & Composition
  • Mathematics & Computer Science
  • Natural Sciences & Engineering
  • Psychology Department
  • Sociology, Criminal Justice, & Women's Studies
  • Center for Child Advocacy Studies
  • Center for Watershed Ecology
  • Center for Women's & Gender Studies
George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics

George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics
Frank Rudisill, Dean, Professor of Management 
George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics 
Downtown Spartanburg Campus 

Amy Henderson
Administrative Assistant to the Dean 
Phone: 864-503-5312

The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics offers programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, at the Spartanburg and Greenville campuses. Students may pursue one of six concentrations within the program:

  • Accounting 
  • Economics/Finance 
  • General Business Administration 
  • Management 
  • Marketing  
School of Education

Dr. Charles Love   
Interim Dean, School of Education 

Mary Black School of Nursing

Katharine Gibb 
Phone: 864-503-5440

Center for International Studies

Alex Akulli
Director of the Center for International Studies 
Burroughs Building 115     
Phone: 864-503-5769 

This area includes:

  • Center for International Studies
  • Minor in International Studies
  • World Languages Institute
  • Study Abroad
  • Global Discovery Program
  • Upstate International

Graduate Programs


Tina Herzberg, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Programs 
School of Education 
Phone: 864-503-5572


Ron Fulbright, Ph.D. 
Program Chair 
Department of Informatics 
Phone: 864-503-5683


Mary Alice Hodge, Ph.D., MSN, RN 
Associate Professor 
Phone: 864-503-5472

Internships Not for Academic Credit

Non-credit bearing internships still provide students with professional and personal growth and enhance career competencies. These may include internships posted on SpartanCareer Link, promoted at the Internship Fair or other career fair, or independently sought after by a student. These internships may or may not be paid. Students are not charged tuition for these internships since there is no academic credit attached to the internship.

Career Services can help students in their search for non-academic credit internships. We recommend that students first complete the Internship Request Form and then make an with appointment Career Services. Please note that Career Services cannot guarantee placement into internships, but we can help students during each step with searching, preparing, applying, and interviewing for internship opportunities!