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Overview of the Toppel Internship Program:

The Toppel Internship Program will provide students who have already secured an internship with the opportunity to earn a 1-credit transcript notation that will be visible on University of Miami transcripts. The University of Miami Internship (UMI) course, offered fall, spring, and summer, will allow you to have work experience related to your major, career path, or possible career path/interest and it will provide recognition of the internship experience on your official transcript. * The University of Miami Internship course (UMI) is offered at no cost to the Toppel Internship Program participants.

Students participate in the Toppel Internship Program for many reasons:

  • To receive official University recognition for the internship
  • To satisfy employer requirements
  • To develop stronger career-related skills and become a more knowledgeable and competitive candidate for future jobs and internships
  • To evaluate the internship site for future UM interns
  • To communicate to the employer that the internship experience is sponsored by the University

Types of Internships:

Students can participate in the following two types of internships

  • Part-Time Internship requiring at least 160 working hours. (UMI 105, 205, 305, 405, 605)
    • Over the course of a 16 week semester, this would be about 10 hours per week
  • Full-Time Internship requiring at least 320 working hours. (UMI 110, 210, 310, 410, 610)
    • Over the course of a 10-13 week semester (Summer 1 is 5 weeks, Summer 2 is 5 weeks), this would be about 25-32 hours per week

*Full-time internships during the fall/spring semesters are not encouraged as all our participants must have full-time enrollment at the university. The Toppel Career Center will only approve these kinds of internships on a case by case basis*

Enrollment Requirements:

During the Fall/Spring, students should maintain a full academic course load (at least 12 hours). Participants will be required to submit a copy of their schedule to show enrollment.

During the Summer, students are able to participate while taking a semester off from an academic course load, since the Office of the Registrar identifies Students enrolled full-time for both the Fall and Spring semesters are considered full-time for enrollment purposes for the calendar year August to August, regardless of enrollment in summer courses.”  

Toppel Internship Program (TIP) Requirements:

Steps 1-3 must be completed PRIOR to starting your internship:

Step 1: Secure the internship

Step 2 : Participate in the MANDATORY ORIENTATION SESSION (prior to first TIP experience). You can view the available dates and times by logging into your HireACane account or viewing the times on our website.

Step 2a: For International Students requiring CPT, you should speak to your advisor at ISSS to determine what steps you need to take to obtain the CPT work authorization, as well as visit the website.

Step 3: Complete necessary paperwork provided at Orientation to be successfully registered with the Toppel Internship Program and enrolled for the UMI Course.

*NOTE: For legal purposes, transcript notation cannot be filed retroactively. Steps 1-3 should be completed PRIOR to start of internship.    

Step 4: Begin Internship.

Step 5: Complete a Midway Evaluation.

Step 6: At end of the internship, complete remaining requirements as reviewed during Orientation.

Step 7: Attend a MANDATORY REFLECTION SESSION at the completion of the internship

*For repeat participants: Contact Anna Kenney at for information on participating again.

Frequently Asked Questions:

I want to complete another internship through TIP, do I need to attend Orientation again?
No, we will have record that you've attended the Orientation session before. A new learning contract will need to be submitted. For more information, contact  

I'm an International Student and I need to obtain Curricular Practical Training (CPT), what should I do?
You should first speak with your ISSS Advisor to determine whether the Toppel Internship Program is the right option for you. If it is, you'll need to attend a TIP Orientation session and work with the Assistant Director for Internships to obtain your CPT letter. This process can take 3-5 business days for Toppel to generate the letter and enroll you in the program, and it can take ISSS up to 7 business days to process the work authorization. Do not wait until the last moment, you CANNOT begin working without the work authorization.

I need 120 credits to graduate and have only 1 left. Will the Toppel Internship Program and UMI course satisfy that last credit?
No, it won't. The Toppel Internship Program offers a 1 credit transcript notation. The UMI course, while having some requirements outside your actual internship does not count toward your GPA or toward graduation credits

I submitted a learning contract but I'm no longer going to be interning at that company, or I found a new company to work at, what should I do?
Email to let us know that you are no longer working at the original internship. We will make note of that, however we may not delete that learning contract right away. If you are working at a new company, let us know via email and submit a new learning contract with the new information.

I participated in the Toppel Internship Program previously and I have an Incomplete/No Grade on my transcript. What should I do?
This is likely due to missing requirements for that particular internship experince. We typically send out several emails to remind participants about the remaining requirements; however we will be happy to check on your status if you email us at

How to get involved:

If you have more questions about the program, please contact Anna Kenney at 305-284-1809 or for further assistance.
Toppel Career Center
Physical Address:
5225 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-5451
Fax: 305-284-3668
Mailing Address:
PO Box 249175
Coral Gables, FL 33124-5610