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Why Become an Intern?

An internship is a work-related learning experience for students who wish to gain hands-on experience in a professional environment. 

Types of meaningful internships

  • Paid  (recommended)
  • Unpaid
  • For profit
  • Not for profit
  • Government
  • For credit
  • Not for credit – no application process required, please click here to report non-credit internship.

No matter the compensation, every student, whether eligible for academic credit or not, should pursue a meaningful internship to gain the hands-on experience that employers find so appealing.

Eligibility Requirements

School of Business students are eligible to enroll in an academic credit internship if they have:

  • A minimum number of academic credit hours at the start of his or her internship are required:
  • MGMT, MKTG, FINC  - 90 credit hours required
  • HTMT 244 and INTB 344 - 60 credit hours required
    • A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 and
    • Have completed enough related courses to ensure a meaningful experience

Students with an "XXF" grade on his or her transcript are ineligible to enroll for an academic credit internship.

Dates and Deadlines

Employers may post internship opportunities at any time.  Students are encouraged to apply October 1 - 31 for Spring semester, March 1 - 31 for Summer and June 1-30 for Fall. 

Enrollment for Academic Credit internships follows the semester schedule:

  • Summer 2018 (May 15, 2018 - August 1, 2018)  Internships secured by May 4 to afford time to apply and be accepted into the academic credit internship program.  Deadline for applications for Summer 2018 is May 15. 
  • Fall 2018 semester (August 21, 2018 - December 3, 2018) Internships need to be secured by August 3.  Deadline for applications for Fall 2018 is August 15. 
  • Spring 2019 semester (January 8, 2019 - April 23, 2019) Internships secured by December 14. Deadline for applications for Spring 2019 is December 28, 2018.  

   There will be no late enrollments past drop/add period.

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.

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