"An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.” (National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
NACE further states that “an internship is a legitimate learning experience benefitting the student and not simply an operational work experience that just happens to be conducted by a student."
Internships for students in the Richards College of Business at UWG may be awarded academic credit upon review and approval by the appropriate department chair and the dean/dean's designee. The basic requirements and procedures for application to the department are listed below.
The student will work with a professor to determine the academic requirements of the internship. At a minimum these requirements will include the following: (1) a journal listing all activities; (2) a research paper or project; and (3) an evaluation from the supervisor.
Special Note: All internships with for-profit entities will typically be paid internships, pursuant to U.S. Department of Labor guidelines published in Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
*For students desiring to intern with a for-profit organization at a rate below minimum wage (including unpaid) the following three forms must also be completed and included in the application packet.
Student Verification Form for Unpaid Internships with For-Profit Organizations
Employer Verification Form for Unpaid Internship with For-Profit Organizations
Faculty Verification Form for Unpaid Internship with For-Profit Organizations
¹ Reprinted from the 2015 issue of The Princeton Review's Top 25 Online MBA Programs.
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