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The Internship Program

Earning Academic Credit for Practical Experience

The College of Business Internship Program is an academic program designed to complement a student’s formal education with practical work experience. It is a supervised program, intended to allow upper-division students the prospect to receive practical experience in their chosen field of study.  An internship provides the opportunity for students to apply concepts and theories learned in the classroom to practical situations, projects, and problems under the supervision and guidance of a practicing professional.

Internships are fantastic opportunities to gain insight about your major field in practice, learn more about an intended career path, and gain competitive work experience prior to graduation.

In the College of Business, students receive course credit for internships and, therefore, register for class and pay all associated tuition and fees.

Download the College of Business Application for Internship Credit

Applications should be submitted to Danielle L. Smith (daniellesmith@georgiasouthern.edu) in College of Business 1101A.  All deadlines for submitting applications during the 2018-2019 Academic Year are as follows:

  • Fall 2018 – August 10, 2018
  • Spring 2019 – January 11, 2019
  • Summer 2019 – May 17, 2019

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the Internship Program by reading through these FAQs.

Why should I complete an internship?

Internships give employers an opportunity to evaluate an intern’s skills, work-ethic, and cultural assimilation before incurring the expense of hiring the employee full-time. Internships help employers build relationships, maintain talent flow, and meet recruiting and employment goals. Internships provide interns a chance to learn new skills and obtain real-world experience. They may provide students an opportunity to see if a particular career path, or field of study, is right for them, to hone skills and apply academic knowledge, or to gain specific field-related exposure and network connections for the future.

Where can I find an internship?

The good news for students is that employers want interns in all business majors.  In fact, employers often are looking for more interns than the number of students who choose to participate in an internship.  This means there are a lot of competitive opportunities available to you.

Getting started is often as easy as researching a company of interest to find out if they offer a structured internship program.  For many companies, you can go to their webpage, type “internship” into the search engine, and get right to the application.  If you don’t see these options, then contacting its Human Resources department or representative to inquire about internship possibilities is also encouraged.  You may check the notebook in the College of Business Student Services Center, Room 1101, for a list of companies inquiring about interns.  Utilizing the resources offered through the Office of Career and Professional Development’s Eagle Career Net is another option available to students.  Companies do often post internship openings here.

Start planning for your internship sooner rather than later.  Take advantage of the Eagle Expo, Career Fairs, and Professional Development Day to begin networking and meeting with prospective employers face-to-face.

For a sample list of companies that have employed interns from Georgia Southern University, click here.

When should I start planning for an internship?

The majority of internships take place in the summer, but they are usually available throughout the academic year. Internship programs are often offered by private businesses, government organizations, and non-profit organizations and may be paid or unpaid positions.  Paid internships are highly encouraged.

Internships are competitive and can be a path to gainful employment.  The hunt for an internship should be treated as a traditional job search, and students should start searching, networking, and connecting with potential internship providers 6-9 months before the term in which you would like to complete the internship.

Am I eligible to complete an internship for credit?

All College of Business students are eligible to apply for the internship program as long as these basic criteria are met:

  • Must have junior standing (60 earned credit hours) by the internship start date;
  • Must be in good academic standing at the time of application;
  • Will have completed at least one upper-division course in your major or minor by the internship start date.

How can I pursue an internship for credit?

Complete the College of Business Internship Application by gathering and submitting all items to Danielle Smith (daniellesmith@georgiasouthern.edu) in COB #1101A.  Only complete applications will be accepted.

  • The internship application must be approved prior to the intended term of registration. Do not wait until the last minute!  Internships will not be approved for credit retroactively.
  • A maximum of three (3) credit hours for internship may be applied to your program of study as either major, minor, or elective credit.
  • Academic credit may be awarded for internships, but not for work-study or co-op experiences.

Even though an internship may only award 3 credit hours, it should be treated as though it is a full-time job.  Concurrent enrollment in a full course load of classes while completing an internship is not advised and is rarely approved.

What is the minimum work requirement for internship credit?

The minimum number of hours is determined by the employer, and the student must meet this obligation.  Further, these work hours must be completed within the semester that credit is awarded.

The exception to the number of hours being determined by the employer is for Hospitality Management students.  In this case the emphasis requirement specifies the minimum number of hours to be worked.

What can be approved as an internship?

Because internships serve a specific function in enhancing your degree, the job description of the internship you present as part of your application will be evaluated closely.  Keep in mind the following as you are selecting your internship:

  • Work performed during the internship must be applicable to your program of study;
  • The internship opportunity must provide “value added” to your program of study;
  • Internships with current employers may only be considered if the internship is in a different area (e.g. department, division) than your current job;
  • Internships in a business owned by your own family are not permitted.

In cases where the applicability of an internship is unclear, the department chair or program director will be asked to make a final determination.  As an important note: the job description is far more important than the job title for determining whether an internship is applicable.

How do I register for the internship course?

Registration cannot be done by the student, and will happen as follows:

  • Once the internship application is approved, an email will be sent to you and your advisor stating permission to move forward with the internship;
  • A scanned copy of the internship application will be sent to your advisor and he or she will register you for the internship course;
  • Prior to the first day of the term, you will receive communication and a syllabus from your instructor.

How will I be graded?

All internships grades are awarded as satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U).  This means no letter grade is awarded, and the grade is not calculated in your GPA.

  • Students will complete weekly logs and short reports that are submitted during the internship. At the completion of the internship, you will submit a final portfolio to your internship instructor for review. The portfolio is a reflection of your professional work experience and should be treated as a professional product.  All registered students will be provided a syllabus with more guidelines at the beginning of their internship term.

 

Conclusion

The best advice anyone could offer on internships is to start early; don’t wait until the last minute!  A successful internship takes time and planning.  The process starts with research regarding potential internship sponsors, polishing your résumé, and submitting a thorough and error-free application.  Qualification interviews often follow where important considerations like the venue, job description, beginning and ending dates, and training opportunities are discussed.

Internships continue to be increasingly popular with College of Business students.  Make plans, now, to join the growing ranks!

Last updated: 5/9/2018