Capstone Internships are an option for degree-seeking students who are currently in their last semester of study (i.e. completing their last credit bearing courses or internships at AUP) and who want to register an optional zero-credit internship in the following semester, or possibly two, before receiving their diploma.

Graduate students, please consider that a zero-credit thesis extension is NOT a credit bearing registration. Bachelor's students, please note that a zero-credit internship does NOT replace a four-credit internship degree requirement, even if you have already earned 128 (or more) credits for graduation.

Students must submit a Capstone Internship request before a set deadline, which is announced each semester:


Your last credit-bearing semester Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019
Request deadline* 7 December 2018 3 May 2019 12 July 2019
Internship possible between** January 1 2019 - August 31 2019 June 1 2019 - December 31 2019 September 1 2019 - May 31 2020

* Exact deadlines vary each year. For exact dates, contact the Internship Coordinator.

**Internships registered through AUP may not exceed the legal maximum duration of 6 months (where 1 month = 22 days) full time (35 hours per week).


Please note that specific conditions apply to Capstone Internship Requests and Zero-credit Capstone Internships. 


HOW TO Request a Capstone Internship:

Submit a request through the Capstone Internship Request Web Form.


WHY DO a FINAL 0-credit Capstone INTERNSHIP?

When looking for jobs – especially in France – candidates are often offered an internship that precedes employment. According to French law, when a student officially graduates, he/she ceases to be eligible for an internship. Therefore, it may be advantageous for students to postpone their official graduation by one or two semesters and register a final Capstone Internship with AUP to improve their chances of finding employment just before or directly following graduation.

Registering a zero-credit Capstone Internship with AUP ensures student status for one or two additional semesters and allows the student to obtain the required convention de stage to intern in France. Please note that it may also be necessary to register a zero-credit Capstone Internship for an internship taking place abroad (i.e. visa application, request of the hosting organization, legislation of the country where the internship is taking place, etc.).

Please consider visa requirements, future career development, and budget concerns before making your decision. Additionally, please also be aware that students are not eligible for US federal loans during a semester in which only a zero-credit internship is registered (due to min. 6-CR barrier). Postponing graduation in order to do a 0-credit internship once degree requirements have been completed, does not entitle students to defer their loan repayment. Most loan students have a grace period of six months that begins when a student drops down to less-then-half-time status. Repayment begins at the end of the grace period.  



An internship does not need to be already secured for a student to submit a Capstone Internship request. In the event that the student does not find an internship, Capstone Internship requests are reversible.


  • Students must request a Capstone Internship before a set deadline for their request to be approved (see table above).
  • Capstone Internships will change the student's official graduation date to the semester in which their zero-credit Capstone Internship is last registered. Please note that in certain cases, internship extensions apply (for more details see next page).

NOTE: Participation in the Commencement Ceremony in May, and being officially graduated are not the same thing. You can request a Capstone Internship, and still participate in the Commencement Ceremony. Read more below.

  • French law stipulates that a ‘voluntary’ or ‘non-obligatory’ internship in France must be in line with the student’s course of studies.
  • All internship requests are subject to approval by the AUP Internship Office.
  • Students are not required to have already found an internship before they submit a Capstone Internship request.

EXCEPTION: Students who need to renew their titre de sejour in France will be asked to provide a convention de stage for their renewal application/extension dossier, therefore they need to find and register an internship before they need to send their renewal application (typically at least 2 months before their current immigration documents expire).

  • If the student has not registered an internship by mid-semester of the Capstone Internship semester (the semester following their last credit-bearing semester), or re-submitted a Capstone Internship request to maintain the option to register an internship in the second semester after his/her final credit-bearing semester, his/her graduation date will revert to the end of the last credit-bearing semester.
  • Students who have been officially graduated are not allowed to register an internship at AUP and obtain the convention de stage required for any internship in France, due to legal restrictions.
  • Students are not eligible for federal loans during a semester in which only a zero-credit internship is registered (due to min. 6-credit barrier).



  • In some cases, students will be required to renew their health insurance coverage (ensuring their full coverage for the entire duration of their internship), which may involve additional fees.

  • Students who rely on US federal loans to cover their living expenses will not be able to collect such living expenses in the context of a Capstone Internship due to the fact that they will not be registered for the minimum 6-credits (in a given semester) required to qualify to receive such loans and living expenses.



  • If a student takes a Capstone Internship, and the duration of the internship itself extends into a second semester, a zero-credit internship extension will automatically be registered in the semester following the initial semester of registration

NOTE: a student is eligible to register a Capstone Internship only in the two semesters directly following his/her final credit-bearing semester. So the later the Capstone Internship begins, the shorter it may be. More information below.

  • An extension will be implemented when the internship:
    1. finishes after May 31st for a Spring registration (i.e. 0-credit internship extension in the Summer semester);
    2. finishes after August 31st for a Summer registration (i.e. 0-credit internship extension in the Fall semester);
    3. finishes after December 31st for a Fall registration (i.e. 0-credit internship extension in the Spring semester).
  • Students are officially graduated at the end of the semester in which their final course is registered. This includes the registration of zero-credit internships and zero-credit internship extensions.
  • The graduation date of students who have completed all of their course requirements and whose last registration at AUP is a zero-credit internship, or a zero-credit internship extension is:
    1. The day of the Commencement Ceremony for the Spring semester;
    2. The last day of the last summer session or courses held at AUP for the Summer semester;
    3. January 1st of the following year for the Fall semester.
  • The student will receive his/her diploma according to the last semester of registration.
  • The Commencement Ceremony (held each May) is for all students who finish their degree requirements in either: the preceding Fall semester, that Spring semester, or the following Summer semester. For example, students who finish their degree requirements in Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 are all eligible to participate in the May 2018 Commencement Ceremony. This means that students who complete their degree requirements in Spring 2018, for example, and who choose to take a Capstone Internship in Summer 2018, are still eligible to participate in the May 2018 Commencement Ceremony, even if a zero-credit internship extension will be implemented in the Fall.



  • Following the semester where a student has registered final credits to complete a degree, a maximum of two subsequent semesters comprising exclusively a zero-credit registration is possible under the following conditions:

    1. a student is registered in an internship (for credit or no) during their final credit-bearing semester. The internship spills into the following semester, so a zero-credit internship extension is registered in the following semester (i.e. the internship spans two semesters).The student can do a final zero-credit Capstone Internship, but the student still has a maximum of two semesters comprising exclusively a zero-credit registration – see example 2 below.

    2. the student registers a non-credit capstone internship, the registration of which can span a second semester depending on the duration of the internship which may run a maximum of six months.
Final Credit-Bearing Semester 1st Zero-Credit Semester 2nd Zero-Credit Semester
Final Courses Zero-credit internship Zero-credit extension
No Registration (and student submits Capstone Internship request a 2nd time by stipulated deadline) Zero-credit internship
Final Courses - including a credit-bearing internship (1/2/3/4/8 credits) Zero-credit internship extension (from credit-bearing internship in previous semester) Zero-credit internship
Zero-credit internship extension (from credit-bearing internship in previous semester) AND Zero-credit internship Zero-credit extension


  1. The student’s final credit-bearing semester is Spring. The student takes a capstone internship in Summer. In this case the student is eligible to register a zero-credit internship in the Summer, with a possible zero-credit internship extension in the Fall.
  2. The student’s final credit-bearing semester is Fall. The student is registered for a 4-credit internship in the Fall with a 0-credit internship extension in the Spring (the internship begins in the Fall and ends in the Spring). The student may register one final 0-credit internship after the internship ends in the Spring, but that new internship must begin before the end of the Spring semester and end on or before August 31st (the end of the summer semester). In this case, the last credit-bearing semester is Fall, and the student has been allowed the maximum two zero-credit only semesters following the completion of his or her degree requirements.

NOTE: in the example above, if the student plans to pursue a capstone zero-credit internship, and that internship does not begin before the end of the Spring semester (ie. the internship takes place uniquely in the Summer); the student must submit a capstone internship request by the stipulated deadline.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Internship Coordinator.