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Internships for Finance and Commercial Real Estate Finance Majors

The School of Business, and more specifically the Finance department, strongly encourages students to complete internships during their junior and/or senior years. While the curriculum is tailored to the real world, internship experiences are invaluable for both students and potential employers. The experience gained during internships can help students sharpen their professional and communication skills, hone specific technical skills, and get a taste of life after graduation. Furthermore, over 60% of interns were offered and accepted full-time employment with the company that hosted their internships.

In today’s competitive job market, employers seek candidates with some sort of job experience and, quite frankly, most expect it. Get started with your internship process TODAY and follow the links below (or to the left) to learn more.

  • FINC 444 – Finance Internships
  • REAL 444 – Real Estate Internships
  • Enrollment Process:
  • Internship Checklist
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Criteria for Academic Credit

Organized internships designed to further the student's knowledge of the field in a professional setting generally qualify for academic credit as long as they satisfy the following criteria:

  • Students are given the responsibilities of an entry-level employee
  • Students are provided with a dedicated work space in an office setting
  • The internship lasts a minimum of twelve weeks as the students benefit from experiencing the work flow through an organization over several months
  • The internship is guided by the Learning Contract
  • The experience provider serves as an instructor to the student helping them understand not only the specific tasks of the job, but the field, organizational culture, priorities and goals of the company and professional development

Internships that are more administrative in nature (answering phones, making copies, routine processing of mailings on a regular basis, etc.) and require little of the student in terms of intellectual development will not be approved for academic credit.  While some administrative work is required of any position in a company, the purpose an academic credit internship is to assist the student in applying classroom theory and developing greater discipline-specific knowledge.

The School of Business does not place interns in home-office settings as part of the learning program is gaining experience in a professional environment.

Finance internship coordinator:

Ellen R. Watson, CPA/ABV
Instructor & Internship Coordinator
Department of Finance
School of Business
College of Charleston
(843) 953-1563

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