As its primary purpose, a College of Business internship can give you the opportunity to gain experience and training in your major field of study by working for a business or other organization while still enrolled in a degree program. An internship gives you valuable insights regarding the types of work you may perform after graduation and helps you make a decision on a long-term career path. You'll also gain experience in interviewing, résumé preparation, working with teams, and community involvement. Ultimately, the internship program benefits students, employers, and the College of Business.
To be eligible, you must be a College of Business undergraduate or graduate student. Undergraduates who have completed a junior level class in the discipline of the internship are eligible for the internship, subject to the approval of the Director of Placement and Internships. (Non-business students earning a minor in business cannot receive internship credit towards their minor coursework.)
In addition to the work experience requirements listed above, if you are taking an internship for academic credit, you'll need to complete the following requirements:
Discussion Board: Submit a weekly discussion of internship activities and questions in addition to details on what you did, including reflections on your assumptions, expectations, and observations. As the Internship progresses, reflect on the changes you see in doing your job. You will also respond to other posts on the Discussion Board.
Work Samples. You will periodically submit work samples, either through e-mail or during meetings with the internship director or advising faculty. Your final report will also contain work samples.
Final Report. The major academic requirement for the internship involves a bound formal report. The basic report consists of nine to ten pages discussing such topics as functions performed, lessons learned on the job, application of class theory, and benefits derived from the experience. Toward the end of the internship, the advising faculty will assign specific topics. The formal report includes attachments: work samples, discussions, and additional research if required.
Student Evaluation. At the end of the internship, you will submit an Evaluation Form rating your experience.
Unusual Scheduling. To meet business requirements, a potential internship may not fall within the normal semester time frame. These special situation internships require consultation with the Career & Placement Office, the advising faculty, the work supervisor, and the student.
On-the-Job Work Hours
The amount of time on the job relates to the number of credit hours for the internship.