Internships

Participation in internships is strongly encouraged for all Business Administration students. Completion of an internship is not a graduation requirement.

Internships provide a learning experience that combines meaningful work in a real world environment, supervision by professionals with related expertise and active reflection by the student. Students can earn elective academic credit for participating in an internship. Interested students should start seeking information at the end of their sophomore year.

The coordinator for the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business is Pat Albers, who may be contacted at 920-465-2768 or albersp@uwgb.edu.
 

Internship Eligibility Requirements for Students

Students interested in receiving credit for a Business Administration internship must:

  1. have declared a Business Administration major or minor
  2. have 36 earned credits
  3. have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5

 

How do I find out about internships?

Navigate PRO powered by Handshake to search for open internships opportunities posted with UW-Green Bay. Networking and research are excellent ways to find internship opportunities.Students are also encouraged to use other sources to search for internships. Many students approach companies directly or use other online job search websites to look for internships. Attending student organization events puts you in touch with many businesses and contacts. You may find information on company internship programs on their websites.

Career Services is the most important resource for you.  You will need a resume and interviewing skills to secure an internship. Career Services provides workshops and individualized help at no fee to UWGB students. 

Each semester Career Services coordinates a Job and Internship Fair. This is a must-attend event! Annually the fall event is held the first Wednesday in October and the spring event is held the first Wednesday in March. On-campus interviews can be arranged and held at UW-Green Bay.
 

Internship Experience Requirements

To qualify for academic credit an internship must meet the following three requirements.

  1. Meaningful Work -An internship should provide a learning experience in a work environment. The job responsibilities must require higher level skills that relate to a student’s career path. Internship credit will not be given for purely clerical work.
  2. Supervision- The student must be supervised by someone with appropriate education/experience who is qualified to give the student meaningful feedback.
  3. Reflection- The student and internship organization will be asked to complete a feedback survey at the end of the internship. In addition the student will complete coursework reflecting on the learning component of the internship.

 

What do I do once I find an internship?

A thank you letter to the internship organization is a nice professional touch.  If you would like to receive academic credit for your internship complete the following steps:

  1. Obtain a paper copy of your internship job description. The job description should be on company letterhead and include the company name, address, phone, and the name of your immediate supervisor for the internship. Contact Pat Albers (albersp@uwgb.edu) to review the job description and determine if the internship qualifies for credit.
  2. Acccess the PDF internship form found at the Registrar’s web page. Print and complete the form.
  3. ​Have your internship supervisor sign the internship form and include your supervisor’s phone number and email address.
  4. Contact Pat Albers to schedule an appointment to approve the internship form. 
  5. Obtain the Cofrin School of Business Chair’s signature on the internship form.
  6. Bring the completed form with the job description attached to the Registrar’s office. If the internship credits put you in an overload situation, you will need to meet with the Program Chair to fill out a credit overload form. If the Program Chair approves, you will be able to add the internship credits.
  7. Once you have submitted the internship form to the Registrar’s office, you should be all set. You can access the syllabus on the Canvas course site.

 

Credit Options for Internships

A student can receive 1-12 credits per semester depending on the number of hours worked and the level of internship responsibilities. A minimum of 50 work hours per credit per semester is required. The typical internship is for 3 credits which would require 150 hours for the semester.  Full time internships may be taken for 9-12 credits. Students are limited to a total of 12 business and accounting internship credits.
 
Part Time Internships (1-8 credits)
A majority of students completing part-time internships will earn 3 credits for the internship experience. However, 4-8 credits can be earned by students who have made significant progress in their respective degree and complete the required additional hours. The internship must require a higher level of skills commensurate with advanced academic requirement. Internships in excess of 3 credits will be required to complete additional coursework as part of the internship reflection.
 
Full Time Internships (9-12 credits)

Full-time internships may be offered to students as an immersion experience. A full-time internship offers intensive work experiences that often are not available to part time interns. To receive 9 – 12 credits, the internship must require a higher level of skills corresponding with the advanced academic requirement. Internship responsibilities must be commensurate with those of an entry level professional position. The employer should have an established full-time internship program in place or provide verification of entry-level professional work requirement. Many companies use full-time internships as a primary recruiting and hiring tool. Full-time internships require a minimum of 50 hours of work/semester/credit (9 credits would 450 hours; 12 credits would be 600 hours). The student is responsible for additional coursework beyond the basic internship course work.

The student must have made significant progress in their respective degree. The following course requirements will be used as a guideline.

  • Minimum of 15 credits of upper level accounting or business courses (includes core and emphasis courses but excludes supporting courses)
  • Minimum of 6 credits of upper level coursework in their emphasis area in addition to the 15 credits listed above

FAQs

I'm currently working for a company. Is it possible to receive internship credits for my current job?
In order to receive credit for an internship, the three elements of meaningful work, supervision and reflection must be met. If you are currently working in a job, it is possible to earn internship credits if your job duties meet the requirements in the semester in which you are registered for internship credits.

I've already completed an internship, is it possible to register for internship credits now?
No. Retroactive internship credit is not possible.

How are Internships graded?
Internships are graded on a Pass/No-Credit basis and count as elective credits only. Coursework reflecting on the internship learning experience must be completed in addition to the necessary work hours. Your supervisor must complete an online evaluation form. This evaluation will be used to determine whether or not you have met the expectations of your supervisor.

Are internships paid?
Most companies offer paid internships. For-profit companies must meet Department of Labor requirements if they use unpaid interns. Unpaid internships in the public sector and for non-profit charitable organizations, where the intern volunteers without expectation of compensation, are generally permissible.

Employer Internship Expectations

The internship organization must provide the meaningful work, supervision and feedback components. A commitment to offer a minimum of 50 work hours per internship credit is required. The intern’s supervisor must complete a feedback survey at the end of the internship.

Where to Start

Once you have decided to offer an internship the next step is to contact the director of UWGB Career Services:
Linda Peacock-Landrum
Director, Career Services
UW-Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
920-465-2163
peacockl@uwgb.edu
Internships are posted in an online system – PRO (Phoenix Recruitment On-line) powered by Handshake for students to access 24/7. A weekly internship email is sent to juniors and seniors highlighting new internships posted. Students may post resumes online in PRO for employers to access directly as well as for Career Services staff to forward to organizations with intern needs. Click here to access the Internship Employer Guide compiled by Career Services. 

Each semester Career Services coordinates a Job and Internship Fair for organizations to promote opportunities directly to students.  Annually the fall event is held the first Wednesday in October and the spring event is held the first Wednesday in March. On-campus interviews can be arranged and held at UW-Green Bay.
 

Responsibilities of Internship Supervisors

  1. Provide work assignments that correspond to the internship job description and provide a meaningful learning experience in a work environment
  2. Supervise and be responsible for student during the internship.
  3. Provide constructive feedback to the intern on a regular basis.
  4. Contact the UW-Green Bay internship coordinator of any issues encountered with the intern on a timely basis
  5. Complete a feedback survey at the end of the academic term in which the credit internship is conducted. The survey will be emailed to you at the end of the academic semester.
  6. Guarantee a minimum of 50 work hours per academic credit. The typical internship is 3 credits and would require 150 work hours.