School of Business and Management

Undergraduate Day Business Internship Program

Why should I do an internship?

Internships are required for all business and communication majors. Internships are optional for all undergraduate evening business majors. An internship allows you to explore career opportunities within your major field of study before you graduate. Through an internship at an organization or business you can apply “real life” experience to your academic learning. An internship may also help you better define and target your career goals, as well as make you a stronger candidate for jobs after graduation.

When should I do an internship?

You can do an internship if you are a junior and have completed two upper division Business Major Core Courses, or if you are a senior. In exceptional circumstances, you can ask for special permission from the instructor to complete the internship requirement prior to your junior year. Upper Division Business Major Core Courses are:

BUS2000 Management Principles and Organizational Behavior
BUS2008 Legal Environment of Business
BUS2216 Business Analysis Using Spreadsheets
BUS2224 Corporate Finance I
BUS2300 Marketing Principles
BUS2335 International Business
BUS2600 Operations and Information Technology Systems
BUS2980 Business Policy (Capstone)

Which internship class should I take?

Day Business students must enroll in BUS2990 to do a business internship. Business majors are required to complete one, 3-unit internship of 120-150 hours. BUS2990 is offered in the fall and spring semesters.

Undergraduate Evening Business students must enroll in BUS2990 to do a business internship.

Communications majors should enroll in COM2990 to do a communication internship. Communication majors are required to complete two, 3-unit internships of 120-150 hours each.

Can I do more than one internship?

Yes, you can enroll in BUS2990 more than once. BUS2990 is a 3-unit upper division class.

Can I get a paid internship?

Paid internships are definitely more difficult to find, but not impossible. Pay rates for internships vary from a set stipend (e.g., $500 for the entire period you work for them) to an hourly rate. They rarely provide benefits.

Who is currently looking for interns?

There are always several companies and agencies looking for interns throughout the year. Check back here for the latest.

What’s the difference between an internship and a part-time job?

An internship is for a limited amount of time—usually one semester (15 weeks) and is directly related to your field of study. Additionally, by registering for an internship class, such as COM2990 or BUS2990, you also receive academic credit. A part-time job may or may not be related to your field of study and you will most likely keep the job for the entire school year. Both an internship and a part-time job can lead to full-time employment.

I already have a job. Can that count as my internship?

The internship experience is intended for new career opportunities and exploration. However, we understand your time commitments. We will work with you and your employer to find a way for you to learn something new by taking on a special project, receiving specialized training, and/or taking on additional responsibilities.

How do I find an internship?

Finding an internship is very much like finding a full-time job. One of the best ways is to “network.” Tell everyone you know—family, friends, professors, classmates—that you’re looking for an internship. Visit the Career Center to explore internship databases and internship postings. Finding an internship takes a bit of time, so make sure that you start early. Start looking for your internship one semester before you enroll in the class. You’ll most likely be asked for a resume, so plan time to create one that showcases your talents and skills. Find answers to these items on the student internship resources page.

How many hours do I have to work?

You must work 120–150 hours to receive three units of credit. However, the organization may have its own requirements for the number of hours you work per week.  Remember, your internship needs to be a “win-win” for everyone.

I would like to do a summer internship. What do I do next?

The first thing you need to do is make an appointment in the Career Center. The staff will explain the process and give you forms that must be completed and returned before a summer internship can begin.

Internship Requirements

  • Attend faculty workshops on internships held every semester
  • Enroll in BUS2990 or COM2990 to earn credit. Students must have completed all prerequisites before enrolling in the course
  • Search for and apply to internships. Visit the Career Center to start internship search
  • Complete appropriate forms in the internship packet
  • Complete the class requirements
  • Fill out evaluation forms

Internship Contacts

Dr. Sujata Verma
SBM Internship Coordinator

Carrie McKnight
Director, Career Center