What is an internship?

"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).


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. 


  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Major status
  • Other prerequisites may be required for specific internships

Academic Requirements

The student will work with a professor to determine the academic requirements of the internship. At a minimum these requirements will include a research paper or project and an evaluation from the supervisor.

Finding an Internship

The UWG Career Services can help you identify various internship opportunities. Please visit Career Services.

The Richards College of Advising Center can also serve as a resource to make sure that Richards College students are aware of career connections available to students.

How to Obtain Academic Credit for an Internship

(1) Obtain a letter and an official job description from the employer describing and verifying the internship employment and signed by a representative of the employer.

(2) Identify a faculty sponsor who will direct the internship and who will specify the academic deliverables for successful completion. An academic advisor or department chair can assist with finding a sponsor.

(3) Please complete the form below.

Independent Study, Directed Readings, Internship, & Variable Credit Form (PDF, 172)


For questions, contact:

Dr. Monica SmithEmail: monicas@westga.eduPhone:  678-839-6467