Internships


PURPOSE: The purpose of the internship program is to provide students with a unique opportunity to gain "real world" experience in business fields while pursuing their studies. Therefore, an internship is not simply a part-time job; it is a fixed term work experience with clearn learning objectives. It provides the opportunity for the student to apply concepts and theories learned in the classroom to pracitcal situations and problems under the supervision and guidance of a practicing professional. The intern, then, should interact with the business owner/manager and be exposed to the decision making process within the firm. The internship may be full time or part time, paid or unpaid. (NOTE: Internships for credit must be paid unless with a not-for-profit organization; this is per Federal law.)

INTERN OPPORTUNITIES: Information about the internship program can be found on the Career Services web site. In addition, students registered with Career Services' JasonQuest can view current listings of internship opportunities. Students who are unable to locate an internship through JasonQuest, can contact an employer directly to arrange an internship position, subject to approval by the intern advisor.

REQUIREMENTS OF THE STUDENT INTERN: As a general rule, senior standing and a GPA of 2.75 will be the minimum to participate in the internship program. Students may utilize internship credit for COB or non-COB elective hours. Core courses cannot be replaced by an internship.

ACADEMIC CREDIT: Students pursuing an internship must register for the course in the Department of Accounting and Finance. They will earn academic credit by successfully completing the internship program.

Up to 3 hours of academic credit may be earned in the Intern program. In certain unusual circumstances, additional credit may be granted or an additional internship may be proposed. The number of academic credits will range from 1 to 3 hours and will be determined by the following schedule of hours worked at the intern firm during the semester:

Min Hours Worked Per Week/15 Week SemesterMin Hours Worked Per Week/12 Week SemesterAcademic Credit Earned
12 15 3
8 10 2
4 4 1

Time requirements are proportionate when the internship is carried out in the B or C terms (8-week). As a rule, interns are not available for the 6 week summer terms.

With justification, these guidelines may be amended. For instance, some national companies offer very high quality, well-managed intern programs wherein intern students may work as much as 40 or more hours per week while earning a professional-level salary. Exceptions will by granted by an Intern Advisor.

GRADING: Since the internship is essentially a "practicum," it is graded on a "Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory" (S/U) basis. Students are expected to be familiar with the impact of an S/U on the GPA for the catalog year under which they are enrolled. Typically, a "U" counts as 0.0 grade points, and an "S" has no impact on the calculation of the GPA.

FACULTY INTERNSHIP ADVISOR:

Monica Salomon
Building 76, Room 223
850-473-7334
msalomon@uwf.edu


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