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FIN 440 - Finance Internship Application

FIN 440 - Finance Internship Application



Students who are finance majors can participate in the FIN 440 Cooperative Education in Finance. The internship credit is a one-time opportunity to enhance your educational experience by allowing you to apply classroom knowledge in a professional environment and earn three credit hours. Internships offer numerous benefits. You will be able to explore specific careers while developing new skills and enhancing current strengths. Gaining this career related experience increases your marketability to potential employers.

Internships require 150 total hours of on-site experience over a single semester to earn three credit hours toward graduation.  The purpose of the internship is for a student to complete a meaningful work experience within a corporate environment, and in the process receive course credit through Finance 440 Cooperative Education in Finance.  For students seeking the Certified Financial Planner® certification, the internship may qualify for three months of work experience toward the two or three year work experience requirement to attain the CFP® certification.

Students if you plan on applying for Internship Credit, you must APPLY prior to starting your internship.

Apply for Internship Credit

Employer Benefits

Internships benefit the host company in many ways. Companies who utilize WKU Interns receive highly motivated and talented students who serve as assistants or junior staff members. These student interns are bright, responsible and eager to work. Student interns can bring enthusiasm and new ideas to the workplace. Their responsibilities differ from site to site depending on the company's needs. Student Interns can assist in daily operations of a company or in the implementation of a special program or project. Supervising an Intern also allows a company to observe a potential employee. Employers understand that WKU does not assume liability for any injury or damage sustained or caused by the student.


  1. Junior standing and completion of 9 hours of upper division Finance courses before the internship commences.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and GPA of 2.75 or higher in upper division Finance courses..
  3. Academic load for the term of the internship must not exceed 18 hours including the 3-hour internship. Student will be responsible for the tuition fee of 3 hours of internship credit-if applicable.
  4. The work that will be done must be Finance related and draw upon the Finance background that the student has attained within their Finance program.
  5. Special Project – The employer is asked to assign the student intern a “special project” within the internship that will require the student to apply his/her finance skills. The special project will be assigned by the employer and approved by the faculty advisor. This special project will be the basis for a written report made to the faculty advisor and PowerPoint presentation to be made to the Finance Department faculty.


To be fully considered for an internship, the student must submit a proposal fully describing the internship duties that are deserving of college credit, including the “special project” assignment, as well as arrange a finance faculty member to be his/her Faculty Internship Supervisor. The proposal must be approved by the Faculty Supervisor and the Department Chair before you can be enrolled in the FIN 440 Internship class.


Internship credit is evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis. The basis for the grade assigned in FIN440 will be : 1) the scope and magnitude of the project, 2) the written report, and 3) the presentation made to the faculty.  Also, at the conclusion of the Internship, the supervisor needs to complete and mail the Site Supervisor's Evaluation of Student Intern to the Internship Coordinator.


Students with disabilities who require accommodations (academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services) for this course must contact the Student Accessibility Resource Center, Downing Student Union, First Floor, 1074. The SARC telephone number is (270) 745-5004. Per University policy, please DO NOT request accommodations directly from the professor or instructor without a letter of accommodation from the SARC.

Employer Internship Terms of Agreement

Internships are an educational opportunity. An internship consists of services for experience between a student and an employer. Internships help students to determine if they have an interest in a particular career, help them create a network of contacts and in some cases achieve course credit. Some interns find permanent, paid employment with the organizations for which they worked upon completion of the internship.

Interns may or may not be receiving hours of upper-level academic credit from the Gordon Ford College of Business for completing their internship with a participating business. No matter the circumstance, GFCB appreciates the opportunity for students to receive legitimate, real-world experience that is directly related to the student’s major. Routine filing, copying and answering phones are important parts of jobs; however these duties and responsibilities should not represent more than approximately 25% of the interns’ activities. If an intern is receiving course credit, please abide by the number of hours they must work in order to receive their credit.

By submitting the application for Internship Credit, the student confirms that the employer is aware of the Employer Internship Terms of Agreement.

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 Last Modified 7/17/23