The Department of Business Administration Internship Program offers students professional hands-on experience working with businesses and companies while earning academic credits.
Business Administration graduates have worked with companies such as:
- Merchants National Bank
- Northwestern Mutual Financial
- Mayo Clinic
- Area Non-Profit Companies
Internship Program Information
The Internship Program awards academic credit for professional, on-the-job experience in a business or company. Many companies have well established internships. In some, internships are unique and negotiated between the student, the employer, and the faculty advisor. A professional work experience is required, and many times compensation is paid to the intern to assure seriousness of effort and commitment on both sides. Internship Proposal Form
- For all majors: Admission to the College of Business and 2.0 GPA
- BUSA majors: MGMT 325 and three required and/or elective courses in the major at 300+ level
- HR majors: MGMT 325, MGMT 317 plus two additional required and/or elective HRM courses at 300+ level
- MIS majors: MGMT 325, MGMT 334, MIS 362, CS 234
- Must be Admitted into the College of Business
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5
- Enroll concurrently with BUSA 399 or MGMT 399 or MIS 399
- Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of “C”:
|ACCT 211||CMST 191|
|ECON 201||ECON 222 or STAT 210|
|ENG 111||MATH 110 or above|
|Junior Standing||and courses listed below in declared major|
For Business Administration Majors: ACCT 212, ECON 202, MKTG 300, MIS 202, BUSA 291, MGMT 334, ECON 222.
For Human Resources Management Majors: MGMT 317, MGMT 325 and two additional required and/or elective HRM courses.
For Management Information Systems Majors: MGMT 325, MGMT 334, MIS 312, and MIS 362.
Objectives of the Internship Program
Provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge, skills, and concepts they have studied in their academic work.
Provides potential employers an opportunity to preview WSU business students with no obligation for continuing full-time employment.
Provides students with practical experience and added credentials, useful when entering the full-time job market.
Builds closer relationships between WSU and the business community; enhances the image of WSU, the Department of Business Administration, and our business students.
Steps to Securing an Internship
Begin looking for a suitable internship at least one semester prior to registering for the internship. Seek a suitable faculty advisor to serve as your instructor.
*Hint: Watch the bulletin boards for opportunities.
Career Services maintains a database of openings and organizations with interest in student interns. Use your personal contacts through friends, family, former employers, etc. Some companies contact faculty with internship opportunities. Negotiate a job description and hourly pay with the company representative. You must identify a supervisor to whom you report at the company and with whom your faculty advisor may be in contact. With your faculty advisor, fill out the necessary WSU forms and attach to the proposal form in this packet. Submit these forms to the Department Chair for approval. Determine, with your faculty advisor, what the content and structure of your weekly reports and final research paper will be. Register for the internship, observing the deadlines in the academic calendar in the current WSU Class Schedule.
Note: BUSA 399 is 3 credits, grade only and is applied to Business Electives. This course is required for each internship. BUSA 398 may be taken for 1 to 9 credits. It is P/NC only and applies only to General Electives. When taking BUSA 398 you must have concurrent enrollment in BUSA 399. If you choose to take 12 total credits for your internship, 400 hours on-site work is required. 200 hours are required as a minimum for 3 to 6 credits. Internships are 15 weeks maximum
Evaluation of Your Internship Experience
The grade you earn on your internship will be based on the following:
- The Internship Proposal and Contract form details the job for which the internship is taken. This is the form the employer completes and signs which you submit to your faculty internship advisor to initially gain approval for the internship and register for it. (See Internship Proposal and Contract Form).
- Prepare weekly reports summarizing your work (based on daily log) to your faculty internship advisor. Content of these reports is to be negotiated with your faculty internship advisor. Use suggestions for daily log given in this Internship packet. These reports should indicate progress in each of the objectives identified in the internship proposal and contract.
- Near the midterm of your internship, your on-site supervisor will be asked to submit an evaluation of your work. See the form included in this packet.
- At the end of your internship, your on-site supervisor will be asked to submit another Evaluation Form to your faculty internship advisor.
- Prepare and submit a final research paper (as initially agreed on by the student and faculty advisor) to your faculty advisor. This is not to be simply a summary of your daily logs. See Content Suggestions for Final Research Paper in this packet.