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.

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
  • 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.

If you have any questions or issues, please refer to the list of program coordinators/contacts listed below:

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:

  • Spring 2022 semester (January 10, 2022 - April 25, 2022) Deadline for applications for Spring 2022 is January 6, 2022, at 12:00 PM.
  • Summer 2022 semester (May 16, 2022 - August 10, 2022) Deadline for applications for Summer 2022 is May 15, 2022, at 12:00 PM. 
  • Fall 2022 semester (August 23, 2022 - December 5, 2022) Deadline for applications for Fall 2022 is August 22 at 12:00 PM. 

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 workspace in an office setting
  • The internship lasts a minimum of twelve weeks as the students benefit from experiencing the workflow 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 of 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.