Internships and Professional Practice

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).

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. 

Internships for academic credit in the Richards College of Business

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Major status
  • Other pre-requisites may be required for specific internships

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.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES and INSTRUCTIONS for Obtaining Academic Credit for an Internship
  • Print and complete the following form: Richards College Internship and Experiential Learning Information Form.
  • 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; (Internship credit will not normally be given for a position where a student is currently employed and is not gaining any new knowledge, skills or abilities.)
  • Submit the form, the employer letter and official job description to the department chairperson of your major for review and approval;
  • Following approval by the chair, the student will identify a faculty sponsor to direct the internship and who will specify the academic deliverables for successful completion;
  • The faculty sponsor will complete the Internship Credit Form (UWG Independent Study, Directed Readings, Internship and Variable Credit Form), which will be included in the application packet.
  • The student should submit all required application forms and materials to the department chair for final approval and signature. *
  • After approval by the department chair, the complete packet of information should be submitted to the Richards College Dean/Designee for review and final approval (Miller Hall, Room 1208);
  • The final step is submitting the credit approval form (signed by the Assistant Dean) to the Registrar's Office to register the internship. To receive academic credit, internships must be registered on or before the last day of drop/add at the beginning of the semester.

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