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Internships are a great opportunity for students to apply academic and social experiences to real world business scenarios.

Internship Policy BUS 499

Internships are educational programs that allow students to gain practical work experience and academic credit at the same time. These are supervised programs of work and study which involve students working in governmental, community service, or business settings. The typical intern works ten to twenty hours per week. Forty-five hours of work are required per unit of credit. Internships are appropriate for advanced undergraduate or graduate students working in fields that relate directly to their career or academic interests. Students should have completed two courses in their concentration prior to seeking an internship. A waiver of this requirement requires extraordinary circumstances. Students are advised that internships are more valuable when taken close to their date of graduation.

Criteria used in approving internships:

  • There must be a clear and specified relationship to an academic program.
  • Placement must be at a professional level of responsibility appropriate for university credit. This does not imply that interns do not do routine work.
  • Internship credit is not appropriate in an organization where a student is already employed.
  • Internships involving potential conflict of interests are not appropriate. Working in a small family business would be an example of such a potential conflict.
  • Internships require prior approval of the Internship Director.

Internships must be paid.  Four units maximum may be applied to the major in Business Administration. More than four units may be earned; however, units exceeding four are elective units and may apply toward the overall unit total needed for a degree.

Individual Roles

The Intern fills a position offered by a sponsoring organization and executes duties in exchange for appropriate remuneration and academic credit.

The primary supervisor of the intern is the on-site supervisor.

The Concentration Advisor discusses available internships with the intern and helps the intern to select an opportunity that is desirable in terms of the intern's interests and career goals.

The On-Site Supervisor is the primary supervisor of the intern. The relation between the intern and the supervisor is one of employee and manager.

The Internship Director is the University supervisor of the Intern. He/she is responsible for helping the student to arrange the internship and is the instructor for the intern. The Director is the liaison with the on-site supervisor and normally has minimal contact with the intern during the course of the internship. The student submits the final paper to the Director. The Director would serve as the resource person for any problems that may arise during the internship.

Advanced Work Experience BUS 399

Advanced work experience is designed for working students who currently hold a position at a professional level of an organization, have held this position for some time, and furthermore will not leave the position upon graduation.  It is not designed for working students who simply desire not to change employers in order to earn internship credit.  For these students, they should plan their internship for their last semester at the University, and attempt to land an internship which will lead to permanent employment upon graduation. One criteria used in determining the appropriateness of BUS 399 is the level of compensation. See the Internship Director to apply.

Work Experience BUS 295

Work Experience was developed for students seeking an internship-like experience but lacking the requisite academic experience for BUS 499 Internship.  45 hours of work are required per unit of credit with a maximum of 4 units earned per semester.  Prerequisite: prior arrangement with internship coordinator via contract.

Corporate Sponsored Training BUS 290

Some corporations offer opportunities that do not qualify for internship credit because the corporation declares that the student volunteer does not add value to the corporation.  Yet the corporation makes such opportunities contingent upon concurrent enrollment in a university course.  Students may find these experiences valuable for them and therefore we have provided this vehicle to permit students to avail themselves of  these unpaid opportunities.  Corporate Sponsored Training does not fulfill a major requirement in the Business Administration Major, but may be used as elective credit.  See the Internship Director for permission to enroll. Download the contract form here.

Guidelines for Writing Your Internship/Work Experience Paper

The required paper for the internship experience (Bus 499 or Bus 399) is a 5- page paper. The required paper for work experience (Bus 295) is a 2-page paper.

Your paper should be a "reflection" paper which broadly describes your internship or work experience. The following components would be appropriate: (1) A brief description of the business, (2) a discussion of your duties and what you learned. What you learned would include your reflections on not only the skills you have acquired, but also reflections on management, either because of practices you found desirable, or practices you found not particularly desirable. Where possible, attempt to relate this to your classroom experience. Comment on whether your university education was in any way relevant to your work experience as an intern. Also, perhaps you will develop insights regarding political behavior within organizations. You need not cover the above list exhaustively. It is meant to be suggestive of things that might be covered in your paper.

Check internships and jobs announcements on the SBE Career Center bulletin boards next to the SBE main office.

Link to:

Internship Agreement BUS 499    
Link to: Advanced Work Experience BUS 399 
Link to: Work Experience Agreement BUS 295
Link to: Sponsored Corporate Training BUS 290

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