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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

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 been receiving 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.

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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 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 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, REE, ISM, etc). Students must meet the prerequisites for their respective major. Credit will be allowed for a maximum of two internship experiences. Exceptions can be made in special cases (e.g. student has multiple majors). Contact the Internship Program’s Office directly to discuss any special circumstances that you may qualify for this exception. 

The Marketing & Professional Sales Internship Course (MAR 4941) is the only internship courses that is letter graded (A-F). All other internship classes administered by the COB Internship and Career Services Office are pass/fail (graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) and only count toward credit hours, not GPA. Students seeking RMI or Hospitality internship credit should check with their respective departments for grading guidelines as they may be different from the information just mentioned. 

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).

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.

**Once you've secured an internship and have read over the guidelines below, you must complete the internship application process 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.

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.
  • 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 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 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 Blackboard 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 Blackboard 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

  • 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 the RMI program. Students interested in registering for the RMI 4941 Internship course should contact Lynne McChristian.

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 Piotrowski, 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, you MUST receive approval from the COB Internship & Career Services Office before you can enroll in an internship course. 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. 

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. ***

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. 

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 also register with the FSU International Program’s Office even if they are participating in an independent international internship or returning to their home country to intern. To learn more about this process, contact the international internship coordinator at IP-internships@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. 

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 interning back in their home country will, instead, need to register with the International Program’s office as an independent intern. To learn more about this process, contact the international internship coordinator at IP-internships@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.  Students that secure their international internship independently are able to apply for a 3 credit hour internship course enrollment.
  • If you are an undergraduate international student interning abroad and would like to only receive transcript recognition using our zero “0” credit hour version of GEB 4941 (General Business Internship Course), you will need to complete the CPT process as outlined here. Again, this specific option only applies to undergraduate international students and can only be used once.

As always, please check with your International Advisor to stay abreast of your requirements as 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 6 weeks and 120 hours of work. If your internship experience will last more than 6 weeks and 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. Note that the course(s) you select cannot be a course that you have already been enrolled. 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 drop/add. Although we are able to 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 company 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 few short course assignments to receive the satisfactory (S) grade.

Late Registration

To avoid late registration fees, we recommend that you apply and register for an internship course during your regular registration window and before drop/add ends. Failure to do so could result in a late registration fee. Our office is able to perform a late add, but can’t guarantee that the late fee will be waived.

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, supervisor interview, evaluations, and short discussion boards. Internship courses administered through the COB Internship and Career services office are graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory and provide the student with credit hours toward overall graduation credits. The MAR 4941 – Marketing & Professional Sales Internship Course - is the only exception. This course is letter graded and will affect both your GPA and credit hours. 

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What to Expect from Your Internship Course

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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. Please check with your academic department and/or advisor to determine if an internship is required for your major.

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

Can I receive credit for multiple internships?
Yes! If you have two internships, you can obtain up to 3 credit hours from our General Business Internship course (GEB 4941) and 3 credit hours from the internship course that corresponds with your major (e.g. MAR 4941, REE 4941, and etc). If you have a double major, it is possible to obtain an internship for each major and one using the general business internship course. Therefore, with this scenario, it is possible to receive up to 9 internship credit hours prior to graduation for 3 internships. 

I have one internship this semester, but I’m a double major and I work in multiple departments at my company. Can I receive 6 credit hours for this internship experience?
It depends. You must be working an appropriate amount of time in each area (e.g. at least 6 weeks and 120 hours in EACH area). In addition, your supervisor must be able to provide a clear distinction between your job duties as they relate to each area you will be employed. As long as our office is able to verify the distinction between job duties, relevancy to our requirements, and length of employment in both areas, we may be able to approve this request. 

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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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