The College of Business Internship Program is designed to enhance the student's formal academic education by providing an opportunity for the student to test skills and knowledge via exposure to an actual institutional or commercial enterprise. This supervised experience provides an arena for the practical integration of knowledge during the formal learning process as well as an opportunity to acquire experience and knowledge beyond that available within the confines of the existing curriculum. Students benefit both personally and professionally from the expanded perspectives provided by the professional supervisor and the guidance of the faculty supervisor in evaluating this learning experience. Internships are graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
Click here for a listing of commonly used internship companies that students have interned with.
CLICK HERE for a complete internship application packet.
DUE DATE IS THE MONDAY OF THE LAST WEEK OF CLASSES OF THE PRIOR SEMESTER/SESSION.
Qualifying for an Internship for Credit
You may qualify for an internship if you:
* Have, or will have, 60 credits completed by the beginning of the term in which the internship will occur
* Have, or will have, completed the business core with a QPA of 2.0 or better
* Have, or will have, an overall QPA of 2.0 or better.
Instructions for processing are provided on the "yellow" Internship Application Form and in the Master Course Schedule Booklet. The Internship Application Packet also includes a copy of the BUS 390 course syllabus. Internship application forms, which include the course syllabus and instructions, are available at the following locations:
- Internship Bulletin Board - hallway by lab rooms 27, 28 & 29 deFrancesco Building
- Business Administration office - deFrancesco 233
If you are not sure about what type of internship you are looking for check the following:
- College of Business Internship Bulletin Board located in the hallway outside the Lab Rooms 27, 28 & 29 deFrancesco Building
- KU Career Services website
- Think about what type of setting, environment, and job responsibilities you desire
- Discuss your ideas with your advisor or a faculty member
Once you have decided on a type of internship, you should select your faculty supervisor of the internship. This is the person who will make sure your internship application packet is complete, work with you during your internship, set expectations for your reporting on your internship, and submit the grade for your internship.
To find a particular internship organization, you can:
- Contact an organization that you saw listed on the bulletin board, in the notebook
- Contact an organization recommended to you by your advisor or a faculty member
- Contact an organization with which you have a personal contact
- "Cold call" organizations that you think would be great places to work
When you contact the organization, ask about the availability of internship positions. If they need to know more about what an internship involves, send them a copy of the BUS 390 Course Syllabus (in the Internship Application Packet) and/or put them in contact with the person who will be your faculty supervisor of your internship.
The organization may require you to interview and go through their normal employment process.
If the organization agrees to take you on as an intern, ask them to complete the Internship Company Information Form* (in the Application Packet) and also to write a detailed description of what the internship experience will involve - basically, a job description*. Please note that this description needs to reflect the purpose of an internship, that is, that it provides an intern with training and on-site learning that prepares the intern for business practice. The company information form must be filled out and signed by the representative of the company who will supervise the student.
You should complete:
Request to Take an Internship (yellow form)*
- Double-spaced one-page essay explaining why you want this internship and why you deserve for it to be approved*.
- Your current resume (Career Services at KU can help you with resume writing)*
The student must review the information and application with the faculty internship supervisor whom you have chosen. The internship supervisor and the department chair sign off on the forms. At this point, the internship application package should be complete, including all of the forms marked with an asterisk (*) above, and in addition; the department chair will forward the complete packet to the Staff Internship Coordinator for inclusion on the COB Internship Committee Agenda. Incomplete packets will be returned to the faculty supervisor.
The COB Internship Committee must approve all for-credit internships. The internship will not count for credit without the committee approval.
- The Internship Committee Approval process includes two elements: Approving the internship position as appropriate for course credit, and approving the internship applicant as meeting the requirements of BUS 390.
After the Internship Committee meeting, the Coordinator will email you whether or not the internship has been approved for academic credit. Once the internship is approved, the yellow registration form is forwarded to the Registrar's Office and the student must complete any schedule adjustments at the Registrar's Office.
Credits for BUS 390, when added to student account:
Your invoice notification will direct you to MyKU to view your invoice and the due date for payment.
Please make sure you submit your entire application packet BY the due date.
For more details, please visit the Student Account Office website.