What is an Internship?
The internship program is an academic program designed to complement students’ formal education with practical work experience. It is a supervised work-study program, intended to allow upper division and graduate students the opportunity to receive practical experience in their chosen field of study.
Typically, internship experiences are for one semester only. In the College of Business, students receive course credit for internships and therefore must register and pay for an internship course. The number of hours of credit depends on the internship itself. Approval must be granted prior to registration.
For information concerning internship opportunities, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Business.
Below is a brief description of the requirements and guidelines.
An internship provides the opportunity for the student to apply concepts and theories learned in the classroom to practical situations and problems under the supervision and guidance of a practicing professional. Internships vary from co-ops in the following ways:
- Academic credit is generally awarded for internships, but never for co-op experiences.
- Work performed during an internship must be applicable to the student’s program of study.
- For academic credit to be awarded, the director of Experiential Learning and Corporate Relations must determine that the internship opportunity provides “value added” to the student’s program.
- Co-ops are administered through Career Services.
Credit Hours and Registration:
A maximum of six (6) semester hours of credit may be applied to a student’s program of study for an internship experience. A student will receive, at most, one three (3) semester hour course in his/her major. Any additional hours of academic credit earned may be used as a free elective.
A student will be allowed to register for a maximum of fifteen (15) semester hours (including internship hours) during the semester of his/her internship.
To participate in the internship program, a student must:
- be admitted to the BBA program,
- have an unadjusted GPA of 2.5 or higher,
- should have completed at least sixty (60) semester hours of credit toward degree and have completed at least two courses in his/her major subject area.
There may be additional departmental requirements.
- Internships will be graded on a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) basis. This means no letter grade will appear on the student’s transcript nor will a grade be calculated into the student’s GPA.
- A significant academic assignment will be a major part of every business internship experience. This assignment may be a specific project or project report, a paper, and/or a presentation that will require the student to extend his/her knowledge of a specific content area appropriate to his/her major. The director of Experiential Learning and Corporate Relations will determine what constitutes a significant academic assignment for a given content.
If there is a company for which you would like to intern, go to its website and see if it has a structured internship program and instructions on how to apply. If you are selected for an internship, have the company’s internship coordinator contact Jim Davis, our director of Experiential Learning and Corporate Relations. You may check the bulletin board outside of the Student Services Center (College of Business 1100) for posting of companies currently inquiring about interns.
Internships with a current employer are not permitted except when the following conditions exist:
- The internship is in a different area (i.e., department, division) of the business than the employee’s current job, or
- The internship duties are significantly different than the duties of the current job.
Internships in a family-owned business, when the student is a member of the family, are not permitted.
For a partial list of companies that have used interns from Georgia Southern University, click here.
Hours for an internship
Interns are required to work:
- A minimum of 135 hours to receive three (3) semester hours of course credit.
- A minimum of 270 hours to receive six (6) semester hours of course credit.
Hours must be worked during the semester in which credit is awarded.
Download the College of Business Internship Program packet and follow the Application Checklist. When you have completed the first three steps on the checklist, turn your forms, your internship offer letter, your acceptance letter, and the job description in to Jim Davis (College of Business 2252), who is the director of Experiential Learning and Corporate Relations.
Last updated: 7/6/2017