An internship is defined as a fixed term work experience with clear learning objectives. It provides the opportunity to apply concepts and theories learned in the classroom to practical situations and problems under the supervision and guidance of a practicing professional. Internships may be full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid, and for-credit or not-for-credit. Academic credit may be awarded for successful completion of an internship provided the guidelines specified by the College of Business Administration (COBA), the Department of Management , and the academic requirements stated in the University catalog have been met.
Internships differ from Co-Operatives in the following ways:
- Academic credit may be awarded for internships, but not for co-op experiences.
- Work performed during an internship must be applicable to your program of study.
- Internships require an evaluation beyond the evaluation you will receive from your internship employer. For academic credit to be awarded, a faculty member who teaches in your discipline must evaluate the value added by the internship to your program of study.
To participate in the college’s internship program, you must meet the following requirements:
Internship for Undergraduate Students
- Complete at least eighty (80) semester hours;
- Be admitted to the BBA program;
- Have completed at least four (4) courses in the major; and
- Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
Undergraduates may earn a maximum of six (6) semester hours of internship credit, but only three hours may be applied to their major. Any additional hours of credit earned must be used as a free elective.
Internship for Graduate Students
- Good graduate standing (overall graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher); and
- Permission of school internship coordinator
- Permission of program coordinator
You are required to work a minimum of:
- 135 hours to receive three (3) semester hours of course credit.
- 270 hours to receive six (6) semester hours of course credit.
The internship hours must be worked during the semester in which credit is awarded. You will be allowed to register for a maximum of fifteen (15) semester hours (including internship hours) during the semester of your internship. Download the COBA Internship Program packet to view the remaining guidelines and requirements for internships.
Internships will be graded on an “S/U” basis and therefore will not affect your GPA. A significant academic assignment will be a major part of every COBA 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 or her knowledge of a specific content area appropriate to his or her major. The departmental faculty will determine what constitutes a significant academic assignment for a given content area and the specific assignment should be documented and approved by the Faculty Sponsor and the Departmental Internship Coordinator. The assignment will serve as a major component for evaluation and awarding of academic credit for the internship.