Internship Information for Students


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

How to Find an Internship

The Internship Program’s office sends College of Business students an electronic newsletter every Tuesday with new internship opportunities and other important career-related information. Make sure this information is not going to your spam/clutter folder and be sure to review carefully. If you are a business major, but have not received the newsletter, please email internships@business.fsu.edu. We will verify your status and add you to the distribution list. New opportunities are posted in the newsletter and on the internship bulletin board outside our office (RBB 329) every week.

The COB Job Board will allow you to search a growing list of internships, part time jobs, and full-time opportunities.

SeminoleLink powered by Handshake is the Career Center’s online system that you can use to make a lasting impression, gain experience, and conquer your future! Every FSU student has a SeminoleLink account. All you must do is log into your account, make any necessary updates, and start your search.


Additional Resources for Your Internship Search

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Internship & Job Search Engines

Career Tools and Resources

  • CNN Money - 100 Best Companies to work for
  • Hoovers - Newsgroups for your career area and information on companies
  • Guide Star - Database of nonprofit organizations

International Internships & Jobs


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 completing the internship application process. 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 in the chart below. International internships are eligible for up to six (6) credit hours. Internship courses cannot be repeated. The only exception is GEB 4941. This is a variable credit hour course that can be taken for up to 6 credit hours.

All COB internship courses are graded on a pass/fail basis. Therefore, the course will not affect your GPA, but will provide credit hours based on your enrollment. Each department and/or major varies with respect to the prerequisite requirements for the internship course. All internships must initially be approved by the internships and career services office or an academic department before being considered for academic credit. Students must work a minimum of 150 hours during the term. As mentioned earlier, GEB 4941 is the only variable credit hour internship course offered by the College of Business. It can be taken for 0 – 6 credit hours. Therefore, the work hour requirement will depend on the credit hours you select (see details in chart below). Students seeking 6 credit hours for one internship can do so by requesting enrollment in GEB 4941 for 6 credit hours or by requesting enrollment in two 3-credit hour internship courses (e.g. MAR 4941 & GEB 4941). To learn more click here.

Swapping, Dropping, or Modifying Internship Course Enrollment After Drop/Add:
Internship courses cannot be swapped, dropped, or modified after drop/add. Therefore, it is imperative that you read the internship guidelines carefully prior to submitting your application in order to determine which course will meet your academic needs. Be reminded that each internship course has its own set of guidelines and requirements (e.g. some count as elective credit toward your major while other’s only count as general elective credit toward graduation hours). Therefore, please read the guidelines carefully and ask questions if you are unsure. The internship and career services office can clarify any questions you may have related to internship course enrollment; however, your academic advisor will be better able to inform you of other courses you will need in order to graduate, etc.

Note that penalties and fees set forth by the university may apply for swapping, dropping, or modifying an internship course after drop/add. Dean’s office approval may also be required for any course modification requested after drop/add.

**Once you have secured an internship and have read over the guidelines below, you must complete the the internship application process to apply for academic course credit.**

Formative Experience: All College of Business internship courses have been approved as a Liberal Studies Formative Experience and is thus designed to help you use and develop knowledge by engaging in a hands-on experience outside of the classroom. Formative Experiences provide an alternative way to fulfill one of the two required Scholarship in Practice courses. Students can meet one SIP requirement by completing a Formative Experience course. In order to fulfill the Formative Experiences requirement, the student must earn a “C” or better or an “S” in the course if taken on an “S/U” basis.


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 30 hours of accounting required by the State of Florida for CPA licensure. 
  • All Accounting internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Canvas 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 Canvas 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 (0-6) and is overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Canvas course. To receive your desired credit hours, you must meet the following work requirements:

    Credit Hours

    Minimum Work Hours

    0

    60 or more

    1

    90 or more

    2

    120 or more

    3

    150 or more

    4

    180 or more

    5

    210 or more

    6

    240 or more

  • 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 a graduate business program to receive up to 3 credit hours for an internship.

  • Special permission from your academic department may be required for some graduate programs. If unsure after reading the information below, contact the internship office at internships@business.fsu.edu or 850-644-8495.

MBA Guidelines

  • MBA internships count as elective credit within the MBA major.
  • Students may count only three (3) credit hours from internship toward completion of the MBA degree. 

  • The MBA Program Director will review all MBA internship applications to determine if the internship is substantive and worthy of approval.

  • The Internship Program’s Office will notify students of the decision and next steps, if applicable.

MAcc Guidelines

  • MAcc internships count only as non-accounting electives toward the MAcc degree.
  • Students may count up to six (6) credit hours from internship toward completion of the MAcc degree (e.g. Participate in two separate internships over the course of two semesters for 3 credit hours each or continue with the same internship into an additional semester for 3 credits each term.)
  • The Accounting department will review all MAcc internship requests to determine if the internship is substantive and eligible for approval. 
  • 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 an online Canvas 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 Canvas course.

Management Information Systems

ISM 4941

  •  Students must have successfully completed ISM 4212 (Information for Operating Control and Data Management) 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 Canvas course.

Marketing & Professional Sales

MAR 4941

  • Students must have completed 6 credit hours of Marketing/Sales courses. Those courses must include Basic Marketing Concepts (MAR 3023) and at least one other 3 credit hour general business core requirement course for sales/marketing majors. In addition, Professional Sales Majors must also have completed MAR 3400 (Professional Selling).
  • This course counts as elective credit within the Marketing major. It is a required course for students majoring in Professional Sales.  
  • All Marketing and Professional Sales internships are overseen by the Internship Programs Office through a Canvas course.

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


How to Apply for Academic Internship Credit

Once you have secured an internship, you MUST receive approval from the COB Internship & Career Services Office before you can enroll in an internship course. Application instructions are listed below.

  1. Go to the Internship Guidelines and Requirements and read the information carefully to make sure you qualify for the course(s) you’d like to enroll. If you are interning abroad or are an international student, please make sure you read the additional guidelines outlined at the links provided.
  2. Complete the Internship Course Request and Agreement Form. As you complete, please read the information carefully to ensure that you select the appropriate options. Additional details concerning credit hours, financial aid, late registration, and course content/grading can be found at the links provided.

Once you submit your application, your supervisor will automatically receive an email that includes a link to our employer confirmation form. Therefore, it is imperative that you include the correct email address in your application to prevent delays in processing. Please reach out to your supervisor if you have not received follow-up from our office within a week. If the confirmation email needs to be resent to your supervisor, just let us know. If approved, you will be given appropriate instructions on how to enroll in your requested internship course(s).

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

Disney College Program Internship
***Students requesting academic credit for an internship with the Disney College Program will only be eligible to request enrollment in the General Business Internship Course – GEB 4941.

Swapping, Dropping, or Modifying Internship Course Enrollment After Drop/Add
Internship courses cannot be swapped, dropped, or modified after drop/add. Therefore, it is imperative that you read the internship guidelines carefully prior to submitting your application in order to determine which course will meet your academic needs. Be reminded that each internship course has its own set of guidelines and requirements (e.g. some count as elective credit toward your major while other’s only count as general elective credit toward graduation hours). Therefore, please read the guidelines carefully and ask questions if you are unsure. The internship and career services office can clarify any questions you may have related to internship course enrollment; however, your academic advisor will be better able to inform you of classes you will need to take in order to graduate and etc.

Note that penalties and fees set forth by the university may apply for swapping, dropping, or modifying an internship course after drop/add. Dean’s office approval may also be required for any course modification requested after drop/add.

Interning Abroad
In accordance with the FSU policy for international experiences, all FSU students interning abroad must register with the appropriate office if:

  • You are using FSU funds, money, or scholarships
  • The experience is facilitated by an FSU faculty or staff member
  • You are receiving academic credit to be used toward research/fieldwork for your area of study, or to fulfill a degree requirement

Independent interns (students who have secured an international internship experience on their own) and students that have secured an international experience through the International Programs Office should register with the International Program’s Office in addition to the COB internship office. To learn more about this process, contact the international internship coordinator at IP-intern@fsu.edu and visit the following site before completing the College of Business internship application process. Failure to register with the FSU International Program’s Office at least 60 days prior to the start of your internship could result in late registration and penalty fees. Note that six (6) credit hours are required if the experience was obtained through the International Programs Office. Three credit hours are acceptable if the internship was secured independently.

In some cases, registration with the university travel office will be sufficient if you are not receiving academic credit. Check with the College of Business Internships and Career Services Office for further clarification and direction.

International Student Interns

  • International business students that secure an internship in the United States are required to complete a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) application through the Center for Global Engagement. Details about this process can be found here. Note that our office will not be able to complete your CPT advisor form until you have completed the application process outlined by the College of Business.
  • International business students that are interning in another country (other than the home country) will need to register with the International Programs Office.
  • If you are an international student interning back in your home country and do not need/want the following:
    • to use FSU funds, money, or scholarships
    • the experience to be facilitated by an FSU faculty or staff member
    • to receive academic credit, to be used toward research/fieldwork for your area of study, or to fulfill a degree requirement
  • Then you are not required to register the experience with FSU. Otherwise, you should register with the FSU Travel Office and/or International Programs as mentioned above. Check with the Internships & Career Services Office to discuss your specific situation so that the appropriate referral can be made.

As always, please check with your International Advisor to stay abreast of your requirements. They are subject to change.

Credit Hours
Internship courses offered through the College of Business generally provide up to 3 credit hours for at least 150 hours of work. If your internship experience will last more than 240 hours, you may qualify to receive up to 6 credits. To do so, you must meet course prerequisites and your employer’s confirmation must verify the hours and duties as they relate to your major and the course(s) you requested. To achieve this, you can opt to apply for 6 credit hours of GEB 4941 or apply for enrollment in two internship courses (e.g. MAR 4941 and GEB 4941). Once you begin the application process, you will be able to select the course(s) that you desire to enroll. Note that internship courses in the College of Business CANNOT be repeated.

Financial Aid, Tuition and Fees
Internship Courses are official, online FSU academic courses. Therefore, you will be required to pay the tuition and fees associated with your course enrollment. Tuition and fees are set by the university so you should check with the financial aid office to determine the specific amount that you will be assessed for your enrollment in your respective internship course(s). You will be required to pay for EACH credit hour in which you enroll. Internship courses are administered online; therefore, you will also be responsible for the additional online fees.
To avoid late registration fees, we encourage you to apply for your internship course(s) during your regular registration period and prior to the end of drop/add. Although we can perform a late course add, in certain circumstances, our office is not able to guarantee that you will not be assessed a late fee by the university. Therefore, it is to your advantage to apply and register early.

If you are enrolled in other FSU courses during the semester of your internship, you do not need credits, and you would like to have your internship documented (e.g. recognized/notated) on your official transcript, you may elect to enroll in GEB 4941 for zero “0” credit hours. However, students enrolling in a 0-credit hour internship as their only course during the semester will be charged tuition and fees for 1 credit hour. The zero-credit hour enrollment is also a good option for students that do not need credits but have been required by their internship organization to be enrolled at the university during the internship period in order to participate in the experience. Please check with the financial aid office for official financial aid rules and details – financialaid.fsu.edu or ofacs@admin.fsu.edu.

The GEB 4941 course is the only variable credit hour internship course offered by the College of Business. If the GEB 4941 course is taken for 0-credit hours, for whatever reason, note that the student would still be enrolled in an online course and be required to complete a modified set of course assignments to receive the satisfactory (S) grade.

Registration Deadline/Late Registration
We recommend that you apply and register for an internship course during the regular registration period prior to the semester you will be participating in an internship. If necessary, our office can also enroll you in an internship course during the week of drop/add for the semester you are interning. Late adds can be performed up to the 3rd week of each semester. Late registrations could result in a late registration fee.

Course Content & Grading
Internship courses are official FSU courses that include a syllabus and course assignments. We understand that your internship is the primary focus of your enrollment; however, the course is a supplement to your work and provides an excellent opportunity for you to reflect on your experience throughout the term. Assignments include, but are not limited to, learning objectives, evaluations, discussion board assignments, and quizzes. Internship courses administered through the COB Internship and Career services office are graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) and provide the student with credit hours. The following undergraduate internship courses count as electives toward the major: MAN 4941, MAR 4941, and ISM 4941. All other undergraduate internship courses count as general elective credit toward graduation hours.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What classifies as an Internship?
An internship is a structure experience that:

  • Relates to a student's major and/or career goal
  • Enhances a student's academic, career, and personal development
  • Is supervised by a professional in the field
  • Can be one academic term (summer, spring, fall) or multiple academic terms in length
  • Is Paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time
  • Is mutually agreed upon by the student, supervisor and/or faculty member
  • Meets registration requirements for 0 credit hour or academic internship course

What is the deadline for me to apply for academic internship credit through the College of Business?
The internship application deadline date is the last day of drop/add for each term. Late adds will be considered through the 3rd week of each semester. Late fees may apply. During the summer, internship courses are only offered during Summer Sessions A & C.

What if my internship doesn't specifically relate to my major? Can I still earn credit?
Yes, students are eligible to receive general elective credit through enrollment in our GEB 4941 – Business Internship course. This course has no course pre-requisites and only requires that you secure a business-related internship.

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. Course enrollment requires that the student have a business-related internship.

Is credit offered for an internship that I completed in the past?
No, the internship course must be taken concurrently with the internship. The College of Business does not provide retroactive internship credit.

Is academic credit required for all internships?
No, internship credit can be taken as an elective if the student chooses. Please check with your academic department and/or advisor to determine if an internship is required for your major. Undergraduates can also opt to take a 0-credit hour internship course (GEB 4941) and have the internship appear on their permanent transcript (e.g. transcript notation/recognition). Students enrolled in other coursework during the same 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 receive credit for a paid internship?
Yes, students may receive credit for paid or unpaid internship experiences.

Can I receive credit for multiple internships?
Yes! Undergraduate students are limited to receiving no more than 9 internship credits from the College of Business during their FSU academic career. Graduate students are limited to receiving no more than 3 internship credits from the College of Business during their graduate program.

Can I receive 6 credit hours for one internship?
It depends. Internship courses offered through the College of Business generally provide up to 3 credit hours for at least 150 hours of work. If your internship experience will last more than 240 hours, you may qualify to receive up to 6 credits. To do so, you must meet course prerequisites and your employer’s confirmation must verify the hours and duties as they relate to your major and the course(s) you requested. To achieve this, some students may opt to apply for 6 credit hours of GEB 4941 or apply for enrollment in two internship courses (e.g. MAR 4941 and GEB 4941). Once you begin the application process, you will be able to select the course(s) that you desire to enroll. Note that internship courses in the College of Business CANNOT be repeated. Once you fulfil the credit hour limit provided by a course, that course cannot be repeated. To learn more click here.

Will my undergraduate internship course enrollment count toward my major or as elective credit toward graduation hours?
The following undergraduate internship courses count as electives within the major: MAN 4941, MAR 4941, and ISM 4941. All other undergraduate internship courses count as general elective credit toward graduation hours.

Is there a variable credit internship course offered by the College of Business?
Yes! The GEB 4941 – Business internship course is variable credit and can be taken for 0 – 6 hours. See chart below.

Credit Hours Minimum Work Hours
0 60 or more
1 90 or more
2 120 or more
3 150 or more
4 180 or more
5 210 or more
6 240 or more

Internship Programs Office Policies and Procedures

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

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