Internships and Externships
Internships are an investment in your future! They provide an opportunity for you to meet those who are currently working in the field. They provide you with the chance to see what is involved in a typical workday. Through meaningful real-world experiences and networking, internships provide you with a strong foundation for your career and a strong competitive advantage for future employment. While internships are not required for graduation, it is highly recommended that you complete at least one internship. In fact, 81% of business students nationwide have completed at least one internship experience.
Internships are a great way for college students or recent graduates to obtain valuable career related experience. Internships can prepare you for the demands of today's workforce by allowing you to:
- explore a career path
- gain meaningful real-world work experience
- develop and refine skills
- gain confidence
- build your resume
- have a competitive advantage for future employment after graduation
Internships are usually paid positions. Most of our students work part-time during the semester, and full-time during the summer. The amount paid varies.
Internships can be for credit or not-for-credit experiences. Both types of internships are available to our students. Most students do not schedule internships for credit, as they already possess enough other credit hours to meet their degree requirements; however, if you are interested in gaining college credit for your internship experience, view the FIN 440 - Internship in Finance requirements.
For students undertaking for-credit internships, a minimum of 300 working hours are required (although students are encouraged to go beyond the minimum, as opportunities are present). An internship plan, daily activity log, interim reports and a final verbal and written presentation about the internship is required of the student.
Learn more about internships offered to students in the Gordon Ford College of Business and view the Finance Department internship policy. Be sure to view the Finance Department's list of full-time employment, internship and scholarship opportunities.
Our students benefit greatly from the opportunity to "job shadow" or take advantage of externship opportunities with professionals in their chosen field, whether for a day or for a week. At times, students receive training via an educational program offered by the firm, bank or corporation. The purpose of the job shadowing/externship opportunities is to gain first-hand insight into a career or industry of interest.
Finding an internship and building a career can be a daunting task. We are here to help!
Identify industries, firms and organizations where you believe you would like to work. Then visit the websites of those firms or organizations, as internship and job opportunities are often posted on firms' websites.
TOOLS TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR AN INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY!
View the 2018-2019 edition of the B.S. Finance Career Planning Guide for additional tips on securing an internship and much more!