Internships are a valuable part of the college experience. This “on the job” experiential education allows students to explore a profession without the commitment of a career.
An internship is an opportunity for students to receive valuable experience while achieving academic outcomes under the guidance of a business mentor who is experienced, knowledgeable, and capable of advising the student. Students reinforce their education by gaining real world practice, strengthening technical abilities, instilling ethical and collaborative behaviors, and building confidence while developing realistic expectations about the workforce domain. In exchange, the organization receives quality work from an academically prepared and business world ready UTC College of Business (COB) student trained to be professional, knowledgeable, communicative, and helpful.
College of Business students:
Click below to schedule an appointment to speak with a Career Services representative regarding internship opportunities and exploring the opportunity to apply academic credit to internship roles :
What is an internship?
Internships are typically comprised of college or university students who work for a company in a temporary position with an emphasis on on-the-job training. Internship opportunities usually vary with the level of responsibilities and duties assigned. They may be for college credit or not for credit, short or long term, and part or full time.
What are the benefits?
Internships provide you with the opportunity to experience firsthand how classroom education relates to real world situations. They enable you to apply practical classroom knowledge alongside professionals within your field of study and gain career experience while still in college. Internships are an excellent way to build your resume, while at the same time developing relationships that can help you explore career opportunities after graduation.
Not all internships qualify for academic credit and not all student interns are eligible to receive academic credit. Each internship is evaluated for academic integrity for approval into the Academic Internship Program (BUS3900). Each is intern is also evaluated.
- Students must have junior standing (60 earned credit hours); meet a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (note that employers often require a stronger GPA for internship candidacy);
- Students must meet the approval of both the Internship Coordinator and Department Head who hold the discretion to grant or refuse credit;
- Students must meet certain upper level business credit prerequisites.
- For Marketing majors, prerequisite class is MKT3130 plus at least three hours of additional marketing courses.
- For Entrepreneurship majors, prerequisite class is ETR4300.
- For Finance majors, prerequisite class is FIN3020 plus at least three hours of additional finance courses.
- For Accounting majors, prerequisite class is ACC3000 plus at least three hours of additional 3000 level Accounting courses.
- For Management majors, prerequisite class is MGT 3150 plus at least three hours of 3000 level Management courses.
- IMPORTANT NOTE: Economics majors, please see Professor Catherine Middleton to discuss academic internships.
Please note that credit cannot be given for past internships. Arrange a meeting with Ms. Hillman or Ms. York if you have questions.
At the close of every semester, students participating in an academic internship gather at the Internship Symposium to present a short presentation on their experience and learning.
Students, faculty, and employers are welcome to attend. For details, please contact Jaclyn York, Internship Coordinator for the College of Business.
Internship opportunities are everywhere. A company may contact the College of Business directly for potential interns (please contact Ms. York or Ms. Hillman) or students may learn of internships through their own personal contacts. There are many places available to research internship positions including:
- Moc Links
- Through moc emails from the Decosimo Success Center
- Researching companies of interest
- Online job board resources
- Faculty members
- Friends and family