Toppel Internship Program
Intern at National Geographic Intern at National Geographic
Rachel had a great summer internship with National Geographic. She worked in Children's Publishing during her internship.
Intern with the band 98* Intern with the band 98*
Erica interned at Clear Channel Radio for a summer and had the chance to meet the band 98°. She worked in the Digital Video Department
9 Interns at Univision 9 Interns at Univision
Andrea was an intern at Newlink and worked as a Human Resources Intern. She had the opportunity to visit Univision during her internship.

The Toppel Internship Program (TIP) provides a FREE way for you to gain academic credit for your internship experience. The 1-credit notation counts toward overall credits; however, it does not count toward graduation credits or GPA points.

NOTE: To obtain credit toward graduation credits, you should seek out your Academic Advisor/Dean to discuss. Not every major/college at UM has this option.

In order to participate in TIP, you must first complete an orientation session.

TIP Orientation

Orientation is required for anyone wishing to participate in TIP. Repeat participants are not required to attend the session again.

TIP Orientation provides you with information to maximize your internship experience in addition to walking you through the program’s registration and other requirements.

The session will not cover how to find an internship. If you’re looking for assistance with that, schedule an advising appointment.

You may attend TIP Orientation either in person or online. If you wish to attend online, there are two options:

  1. Toppel Internship Program - Orientation
  2. Toppel Internship Program - Orientation (CPT): Specifically for international students in need of CPT Work Authorization

**Law/Medical/MBA students in need of CPT should contact Anna Kenney at to gain access to the orientation session**

Requesting a Credit Verification Letter

Some internship applications require proof that academic credit can be earned when applying. In order to obtain this, you should plan to enroll in TIP and participate in the orientation session.

Once you have registered, you can request a letter by submitting this form

Please allow 3-5 business days to receive the letter.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

International students in need of Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization must participate in TIP because proof of enrollment in at least one internship credit is required by law.

To be eligible for CPT, you must:

  • Be in lawful F-1 status at the time you submit your application and maintain valid F-1 status throughout the internship period
  • Have been enrolled in valid, lawful status as a full-time student for at least one full academic year

You must first complete the TIP Orientation session in order to begin the request process. This can happen even before you have secured an internship.

**Refer to the ISSS website for more information as to the application and authorization procedures.**

Please allow up to 10 business days for the process to be completed. It is extremely important that you plan ahead. Do not wait until the last minute because you CANNOT begin working without completing each step and receiving authorization from ISSS.

Types of Internships

You can participate in TIP whether your internship is paid or unpaid. If it is unpaid, we strongly recommend you participate so that you walk away from the experience with tangible compensation in the form of academic credit.

Generally you will engage in either a part-time internship or a full-time internship.

  • Part-time: working no more than 20 hours per week, totalling approximately 160 working hours, most common during the academic year (Fall/Spring semesters)
  • Full-time: working between 21-40 hours per week, totalling approximately 320 working hours, only during Summer

NOTE: International students under CPT cannot work more than 20 hours per week during the Fall/Spring and cannot work more than 40 hours per week during the Summer.

Length of Internship

Internships are generally offered for one semester. You may find that your employer wishes to hire you for an academic year or multiple consecutive semesters. As long as you are open to this, Toppel will support your internship experience through TIP.

The academic calendar can be used as a guideline if you are in need of specific dates for your internship. We do recommend that you consider your academic obligations and build your schedule to accommodate for busier times (e.g., projects, papers, finals).

While Toppel does not have a specific requirement for the length of your internship, we do want to ensure that you are getting a meaningful experience. If you have specific questions or concerns about the length of your internship, please contact Anna Kenney at or 305-284-5451.

NOTE: International students under CPT are only authorized to work during specific dates which are based on the academic calendar.

Internship Agreements

Some internships require a signed internship agreement between the organization and the internship site. Certain countries abroad also require these agreements.

The University of Miami is committed to supporting our students in their internship endeavors. As such, we have developed an internship agreement sample that we are able to provide to students in need of an agreement. Students must also participate in the Toppel Internship Program (see information above regarding the Orientation for the program). This process will take at minimum 3-5 business days. 

If you have specific questions, please contact Anna Kenney at or 305-284-5451.