Why Should You Want To Serve In an Internship?
A student internship provides you with quality avenues for career exploration and valuable work experience opportunities. An internship experience provides first-hand knowledge of what employers expect regarding skill levels, attitudes, and work climate-all of which are necessary components for successful employment. It helps solve the questions of how do you get a job without experience; and how do you get experience without a job?
The internship also gives you an opportunity to creatively use your developing skills, while functioning as a part of a business/non-profit team. Your learning objectives for the internship are to apply classroom theory, develop professional skills, and develop personal skills. The learning experiences should enable you to make more informed career decisions.
Information on available internships can be found through the University Career Services Office, community connections, job search sites, faculty, and the Department of Business social media sites.
Course Descriptions (ACCT & BUS)
Accounting Internship ACCT 4483
Supervised work experience in an accounting section of a corporate or other business setting. The internship will allow students to encounter practical workplace problems in accounting and gain experience in working in a professional setting. This internship may be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours, but the repeat must be with a different business. A minimum of 150 hours on-the-job training is required to complete the course.” Prerequisite: Department permission.
Business Internship BUS 4481-3
Supervised work experience in a professional setting directly relating to the student’s business discipline. The internship will allow students to encounter practical workplace problems within their major field and gain experience in corporate and other business settings. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours, but repeat must be with a different business. A minimum of 50 hours per academic credit hour of on-the-job training is required to complete the course.” Prerequisite: Department permission.
Graduate Internship in Business BUS 5483
Supervised work experience in a professional setting directly relating to the student's business discipline. The internship will allow students to encounter practical workplace problems within their major field and gain experience in corporate and other business settings. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours, but repeat must be with a different business. A minimum of 150 hours of on-the-job training is required to complete the course. Internship 3 hours. Prerequisites: Admission into a Department of Business graduate program, minimum GPA of 3.5 in all graduate courses attempted in the degree, Department permission and ACCT 5243, ECON 5313, FIN 5613, and MKTG 5513; or equivalents.
Student Steps to Secure and Enroll in an Internship
- Review eligibility guidelines for Graduate Students or Undergraduate Students.
- Find an internship. This may include a formal application and interview process.
- Secure a formal job description from the employer.
- Set an appointment well before the semester in which you will be interning with the Assistant to the Dean to discuss all additional requirements and to begin the contract paperwork.
- Once all paperwork is completed and a faculty supervisor has approved the job description for being worthy of academic credit, the Assistant to the Dean may enroll you in the class.
- Meet with your faculty supervisor as soon as possible to ensure you understand your responsibilities.
- Begin work at the internship.
International Students (F-1, J-1 Visas) have additional requirements linked here. Before finding an internship, all international students must visit the International Student Admissions Coordinator.
Why Should Businesses Get an Intern?
Throughout the nation, organizations are recognizing a public duty and a self-serving need to support the efforts of universities to improve the quality of higher education. To improve the quantity and quality of their labor force in a cost-effective manner, businesses are taking more proactive approaches in cooperative educational ventures with institutions of higher education.
Organizations across the nation have voiced increasing needs for competent workers who are:
- Well-schooled in fundamental skills;
- Capable of adapting to change in the workplace;
- Job-ready for work that is available now; and
- Able to quickly learn tomorrow’s job requirements.
An important part of the interaction between the business community and education is the provision of student internships. These internships are meant to provide students with a more thorough understanding of organizational operation concepts and applications. However, in addition to the obvious long-term benefits to businesses, as students are more adequately instructed about the “real world of work," there is an additional short-term benefit. Internships also provide organizations with enthusiastic employees who offer current knowledge in their field of study for short-term projects.
If you need assistance building an internship feel free to contact Cameron University Career Services at 580-581-6769 or the Department of Business at 580-581-2842.
Business and Non-Profit Organization Requirements
All business internship hosts are asked to provide the following:
- Internship position for a minimum of 50 labor hours for a Business Internship and minimum of 150 labor hours for an Accounting Internship;
- A written detailed job description (or descriptions) for each internship position that includes learning outcomes for the intern;
- An on-site mentor/supervisor assigned to no more than 2 interns at one time;
- Periodic communications with the Instructor of Record or the supervising professional instructor including, but not limited to:
- On-site visitation with the Instructor during internship;
- Evaluation of internship; and
- A follow-up visitation with the Instructor upon internship completion;
- Participation in the final activities and exit evaluation.
Internship hosts are asked to provide an in-house orientation for each intern to familiarize them with the business/organization, clarify his or her work assignment, outline work expectations, finalize his or her schedule and time line, and arrange for work space and equipment needs. Periodic meetings should be held between Interns and the Mentor/Supervisor to assist in the transfer of ideas and materials for intern portfolio and/or final report.
Compensation for Interns
Cameron University is not involved in any negotiations between a business and an intern regarding the payment of compensation. Internships may be offered with or without compensation; however, the Department of Labor provides specific criteria for determining whether an employment relationship exists with interns for purposes of complying with minimum wage compensation laws. The criteria are listed in FLSA Fact Sheet #71. Please review the rules provided by the Department of Labor to determine whether the internship qualifies for an exemption from minimum wage compensation.
Equal Opportunity Compliance
In the event a business wants Cameron University to assist in recruiting interns, Cameron must advertise the opportunities in order to ensure compliance with Equal Opportunity laws. Faculty and staff may not hand-select students to complete internships or other opportunities, regardless of whether such positions are paid or unpaid. The easiest way to comply is to post all internship opportunities with Cameron University's Career Services.
How much academic credit can I get for an internship?
The maximum academic credits a single internship can be awarded is 3 credit hours. Business internships can be 1 (50 labor hours) to 3 (150 labor hours) credits. Accounting must be at least 3 (150 labor hours) credits.
Do I find my own internship and arrange for a faculty supervisor?
Most students find their own internship opportunity; however, the Department of Business may assist you in finding a faculty supervisor. You might begin by asking your advisor.
May I work more than one internship?
Yes, provided they are not simultaneously. Speak with your advisor. There is a limit on the total number of internship credit hours that count toward your degree.
If I already know of an internship position, what do I do?
If you know of an internship opportunity, set an appointment with the Chair of the Department of Business and bring the internship job description.
If I want an internship for pay but not for credit, do I still have to get the approvals?
I am an international student. Can I work in an internship?
Yes, but international students who do not have a work permit may only work internships that offer academic credit. If you are an international student seeking an internship, first meet with the International Student Admissions Coordinator.
Where can I find which internships are available for pay?
This information is usually part of the job description provided by the employer.
Can I earn internship credit for a previous job?
No. In order to earn college credit, the internship must be approved before it is begun to determine the number of credit hours the internship is worth and to be able to work with a faculty supervisor during the entire internship. It is also against the Department of Labor internship standards.
Since I am learning so much about business in my current job, can I get college credit for what I am learning on this job?
No. An internship is a planned work experience that is coordinated between an organizational supervisor and a faculty supervisor, and all the terms of the internship must be agreed upon before the internship begins. It is also against the Department of Labor internship standards.
Do I need to do more than work at the internship to receive academic credit?
Yes. You and your Faculty Supervisor will develop a syllabus with learning objectives and evidence of learning to accompany the internship.
May I begin an internship in the middle of the semester?
Yes. Ideally an internship should start near the beginning of the semester, but some internships can be started later in the semester. You will need to complete all required work hours prior to the end of the semester.
Why do I have to pay for an internship?
An internship is an upper-division elective class. All of the normal tuition and fees are required.