Having an internship not only gives you a chance to earn college credit (one to six hours), but you can also earn money at the same time. You receive valuable work experience and can apply what you've learned in class. Internships allow you to explore possible career fields to learn what you might like to do after you graduate. Many interns receive permanent job offers from the firms with which they intern. The hands-on experience you get from an internship makes you highly competitive when you enter the job market because as many as 70 percent of employers now require new employees to have had an internship.
As a business major, you must have completed at least 60 credit hours and have at least a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for an internship. You must sign up with the HCBPS Center for Business Internships in Ward Edwards 1600. You will need to fill in an application and discuss your internship plans with the center staff. If you meet the requirements, your application will be approved, and you will be given assistance in finding an internship in the field and location that you want.
Learn more about internships through the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies.
Hotel and Restaurant Administration Majors
As a Hotel and Restaurant Administration major, you are required to complete two internships. The first one is three credits and may be taken during your sophomore or junior year. The second internship is for five credits and may be taken during your junior or senior year. Many students in this major choose to fulfill their internship requirements during the summer between their sophomore and junior year and again during the summer between their junior and senior year. However, internship requirements may also be met during the regular academic year. All internship opportunities are coordinated through the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies Internship Office in Ward Edwards 1600. Students may also work with faculty in their discipline to find internship opportunities or find their own opportunities.
Because it has a different GPA requirement for graduation, students in the Hotel and Restaurant Administration major must have a 2.0 GPA or higher before they can fulfill this internship requirement.
For more information on internships, contact the Hotel and Restaurant Administration program.