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Internship Information for Students

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Student Internship Benefits

  • Combine knowledge gained in the classroom with practical skills used in the workforce
  • Obtain skills and knowledge that transfer across the industry to other employment settings
  • Reach clearly defined goals and objectives that relate your professional development
  • Supervision and feedback by a professional with expertise in the field of experience
  • Explore whether or not your chosen career path satisfies your particular needs, expectations and goals
  • Provide opportunity to apply interpersonal/communication skills and learn more about yourself in a work setting
  • Possess a new sense of motivation and maturity relative to your academic studies upon returning to school
  • Develop a network of professional contacts that includes both company, staff and other interns

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How to Find an Internship

Every Florida State student has a SeminoleLink account; however, it is the student's responsibility to register for SeminoleLink Plus! Services in order to view internship opportunities and apply.

If you already have SeminoleLink Plus! Services:

 If you do not have SeminoleLink Plus! Services:

By registering for SeminoleLink Plus! Services, you also gain access to a full-time jobs, on-campus interview schedules, career events and the ProfessioNole mentoring network, to name a few. Workshops and other professional development activities are coordinated throughout the year to help students find internships and learn more about gaining academic internsip credit.

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Additional Resources for Your Internship Search

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Internship & Job Search Engines

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International Internships & Jobs

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Internship Guidelines and Requirements

The Florida State College of Business Internship Program is designed for students who are registered for an internship course and have paid the applicable tuition. Eligible students will be able to enroll in the internship course after successfully obtaining an internship and submitting the college's Internship Course Request and Agreement Form. Credit will NOT be given for past internships (students must take the internship course concurrently with the internship). Students are eligible for up to three (3) credit hours toward their degree or their major as noted below. International internships are eligible for up to six (6) credit hours. The internship course is not repeatable under the same program prefix (ACG, FIN, GEB, MAN, MAR, RMI, ENT, REE, ISM, etc). Students must meet the prerequisites for their respective major. Credit will be allowed for a maximum of two internship experiences only.

Each department and/or major varies with respect to the prerequisite requirements for the internship course. All internships must initially be approved by the internship director or an academic department before being considered for academic credit. Students must work a minimum of six weeks - AND 120 hours (the RMI department varies slightly on this requirement). Students must also be formally admitted to the College of Business to enroll in a departmental internship course. The GEB 4941 (General Business) Internship course is the only exception (see requirements below).

**Once you've secured an internship and have read over the guidelines below, you must complete the internship course request and agreement form to apply for academic course credit.**

Individual Department Requirements for Internship Course Enrollment

Major

Course #

Requirements

Accounting

ACG 4941

  •  Students must have completed ACG 4632 (Auditing Theory and Application I) and Tax 4001 (Federal Tax Accounting I). 
  • Accounting internships do not count as elective credit within the Accounting major. They do, however, count toward the 36 hours of accounting required by the State of Florida for CPA licensure. 
  • All Accounting internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Blackboard course.

Entrepreneurship 

ENT 4943

  •  Students must have completed 9 credit hours of entrepreneurship courses that consist of ENT 2010 - Creating and Managing New Ventures and ENT 2011 – Managing and Harvesting New Ventures (both taken respectively in the fall and spring semesters of first year in the entrepreneurship program) and ENT 3003 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship.
  • Entrepreneurship internships do not count as elective credit within the Entrepreneurship major. They do, however, count as general elective credit towards the 120 hours required for the degree.
  • Entrepreneurship internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Blackboard course.

Finance

FIN 4941

  •  Students must have completed FIN 3403 (Financial Management of the Firms) and FIN 3244 (Financial Markets, Institutions, and Intl. Finance Systems).
  • Finance internships do not count as elective credit within the Finance major. They do, however, count as general elective credit toward the 120 hours required for the degree. 
  • All Finance internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Blackboard course. 

**General Business

GEB 4941

  • There are no course prerequisites for the General Business Internship course. 
  • General Business internships do not count as elective credit within a business major. They do, however, count as general elective credit toward hours required to graduate.
  • The General Business internship can be taken for variable credit 0 – 3 hours and is overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Blackboard course.
  • This course can be taken by any student with a verified business related internship   

Graduate Business Internship

GEB 5944

  •  There are no course prerequisites for the Graduate Business Internship. 
  • Students must be formally admitted to the Master of Science in Marketing (MSM), MBA program, or MAcc program.  

MSM Guidelines

  • A Marketing Internship is required for the Master of Science in Marketing major. 
  • Marketing Internships qualify for three (3) credit hours toward the degree.

MBA Guidelines

  • MBA internships count as elective credit within the MBA major.  
  • MBA’s are able to receive up to 6 credit hours over the course of 2 semesters (3 hours per semester) for an approved internship experience. 
  • The internship can be with the same organization for both terms or two different organizations as long as the experience meets program guidelines. 
  • To receive the full 6 credit hours in one semester, the MBA must be participating in an approved international internship experience.  

MAcc Guidelines

  • MAcc internships count only as non-accounting electives toward the MAcc degree.  
  • Students may count only three (3) credit hours from internship toward completion of the MAcc degree. 
  • The Accounting department will review all MAcc internship requests to determine if the internship is substantive. 
  • The Internship Program’s Office will notify students of the Accounting Department’s decision and next steps, if applicable.  

All Graduate Business Internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Blackboard course.
 

Management

MAN 4941

  • Students must have completed 6 credit hours of Management, HR, or general business core courses including Organizational Behavior (MAN 3240). 
  • Management internships count as elective credit within the Management and HR majors. 
  • All Management internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Blackboard course.

Management Information Systems

ISM 4941

  •  Students must have successfully completed ISM 4113 (Systems Analysis & Design) prior to enrolling in the MIS internship course. 
  • MIS internships count as elective credit within the Management Information Systems majors. 
  • MIS internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Blackboard course.

Marketing

MAR 4941

  • Marketing students must have completed 6 credit hours of Marketing courses including Basic Marketing Concepts (MAR 3023) and at least one other general business core requirement course for marketing majors.  Marketing internships count as elective credit within the Marketing major. 
  • All Marketing internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Blackboard course.

Professional Sales

MAR 4946

  • Professional Sales students must have completed 9 credit hours of Marketing/Sales courses including Basic Marketing Concepts (MAR 3023), Professional Selling (MAR 3400), and one additional MAR course or a general business core course for professional sales majors.
  • A sales internship is required for the Professional Sales major.  
  • All Sales internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Blackboard course.

Retail Management

(Details Forthcoming)

 

Real Estate

REE 4941

  • There are no course prerequisites for a Real Estate internship. 
  • Real Estate internships do not count as elective credit within the Real Estate major. They do, however, count as general elective credit towards the 120 hours required for the degree.
  • Real Estate internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office.

Risk Management/Insurance

RMI 4941

  • Students must have completed 9 credit hours of business/risk management and insurance courses, including RMI 3011 (Risk Management and Insurance). 
  • RMI internships count as elective credit within the major. 
  • RMI internships are approved and overseen by Dr. Cassandra Cole and individual faculty advisors. Students interested in registering for the RMI 4941 Internship course should contact Dr. Cole.

Hospitality

HFT 3941r

  • Students must be formally admitted to the Dedman School of Hospitality 
  • A hospitality internship is required for the Hospitality major. 
  • Hospitality Internships are managed and overseen by the Dedman School of Hospitality. Contact: Alishia Pitrowski, Director of Industry Relations, Dedman School of Hospitality

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How to Apply for Academic Internship Credit

Once you have secured an internship, complete the following steps in order to receive academic credit:

  1. Go to the College of Business Internship “Guidelines and Requirements” page and read the information carefully.
  2. Fill out and submit the Internship Course Request and Agreement Form.
  3. Ask your internship site supervisor (or point of contact) to complete the Employer Internship Confirmation Form. (It is the student’s responsibility to provide this link to the supervisor and to follow-up to ensure that it is submitted in a timely manner.)
  4. Once the Internship Programs Office receives the Internship Course Request and Agreement Form and the Employer Internship Confirmation form, we will review and provide follow-up within 2 business days from the date that we receive ALL information. If approved, you’ll be given the appropriate permissions to enroll in your designated internship course.

Questions can be directed to 850-644-8495 or internships@business.fsu.edu.

Responsibilities of the Student while Interning

  1. Maintain the internship for the duration of the approved and agreed upon time period.
  2. Perform all duties and responsibilities in a professional manner.
  3. Abide by the personnel policies of the internship company/organization, maintain regular and prompt attendance and contact the appropriate supervisor when questions arise.
  4. Maintain confidentiality with regard to sensitive information gained in the work environment.
  5. Complete all assignments listed on the internship syllabus.
  6. Maintain contact with the Internship Program Office.
  7. Make payment of the tuition for the internship course and contact the Florida State Financial Aid office for any tuition-related questions.

*** Important Note Concerning Financial Aid ***

Registered students MUST pay the tuition for enrollment in an internship course for academic credit. It is the student's responsibility to check financial aid rules/regulations and stay abreast of relevant financial issues that might affect your participation in the College of Business Internship Program. All financial aid questions should be directed to the Financial Aid Office external link icon or 850-644-0539 or ofacs@admin.fsu.edu.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What classifies as an Internship?
Students must work in a managerially relevant position for a minimum of six weeks for a total of 120 hours; however, departments vary in this requirement. All internships for credit must be approved by the Internship Programs Office and/or other faculty designee.

What if my internship doesn't specifically relate to my major? Can I still earn credit?
Yes, students are eligible for general credit under GEB 4941 as long as the internship is business related.

Does the College of Business give credit to students minoring in business?
Yes, the GEB 4941 (General Business Internship) course applies to business minors and students not formally admitted to the college as long as they have secured a business-related internship.

Is credit offered for an internship completed in the past?
No, the internship course must be taken concurrently with the internship.

Is credit required for all internships?
No, internship credit can be taken as an elective if the student so chooses. The only business majors that require an internship are the professional sales major and the Master of Marketing (MSM) program.

Undergraduates can opt to take a 0-credit hour internship (GEB 4941) and have the internship appear on their permanent transcript (e.g. transcript notation/recognition). Students enrolled in other coursework during the semester may enroll in a 0-credit hour internship with no additional tuition or fees. Students enrolling in a 0-credit hour internship as their only course during the semester will be charged tuition and fees for one (1) credit hour. Students are encouraged to check with financial aid on any updates and/or changes that may occur in this regard.

Can I get credit for a second internship?
Yes, a student can complete a second internship. However, it will count only as general elective credit and must be completed as GEB 4941. Students cannot repeat an internship course.

Can I receive credit for an unpaid internship?
Yes, students may receive credit for paid or unpaid internship experiences.

Can I receive more than three (3) credit hours for my internship?
Yes, only if the internship is abroad. Students approved for an international internship can receive up to six (6) credit hours

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Internship Programs Office Policies and Procedures

Please make sure to review our Internship Programs Office Policies and Procedures for students (PDF).

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