Are you thinking about pursuing an internship? Check out Channel 8's Advice on Internships story, highlighting Katie Barlow ’11, a St. John Fisher College accounting graduate, and Tom Walpole, a member of the Bittner School of Business Accounting Advisory Board. The story focuses on the importance of internships, and how they just may lead to your first job.
"I thought that the internship was a crucial experience while obtaining my education at Fisher. The program gave me real world work experience that I need for life after graduation. It also helped me relate all of the relevant course work that I have done at Fisher with my internship daily duties."
- Adam Crandall '09
"Fisher students have the entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic that Northwestern Mutual looks for in interns."
- Director of Recruiting, Northwestern Mutual
For-credit internships offer opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills you have learned in the classroom to "real" world work experiences. They can also help you network and land a great job when you graduate!
Each company has different policies regarding compensating interns, so it pays to explore the opportunities. Generally, you may register for up to two 3-credit internships.
Who Can Apply?
Juniors and seniors with a 2.5 G.P.A. or higher are eligible to apply. Second semester sophomores may plan their summer or fall internships by contacting the Internship Coordinator.
How Do I Locate an Internship?
Many businesses in the Rochester area are looking for interns and we can help connect you with those who have worked or are working with our Internship Program. It also pays to call companies you're interested in, use the web to find opportunities, and ask faculty for direction.
Various internship opportunities, sample resumes, events/workshops and recruiting events are also posted on the Career Center's CareerZone website.
What Are the Steps Involved in the Internship Program?
- Head to the Career Center for help with your resume and cover letter
- Actively search for an internship
- Meet with the Internship Coordinator for approval of your internship opportunity
- Fill out the Internship Authorization [pdf] and the Internship Agreement [pdf] and return them to the Internship Coordinator
- Register for ACCT 491, FINA 491, MGMT 491, or MKTG 491
- Please pick appropriate credit load for course. Most internships are for 3 credits unless prior arrangements are made with the Internship Coordinator.
- Complete the internship and all required academic components
What Are the Components of the Internship Program?
You will complete 8 journal entries on Blackboard and produce a final report summarizing your internship experience.
How Am I Graded?
You will be graded on a pass/fail basis. In order to receive 3 credits, you must complete a minimum of 135 hours at your internship location.
If you would like to do a second internship beyond the initial 3 credit hour limit, you must petition for it by submitting a detailed proposal describing the new position and its expected benefits to the Internship Coordinator. A second internship can only be taken upon the approval of the Internship Coordinator and the chair of the appropriate department.
What Businesses Have Participated in the Past?
- The Bonadio Group
- Camp Good Days and Special Times
- Eastman Kodak Company
- Back Stage Media Group LLC
- DeJoy, Knauf & Blood LLC
- Kasperski, Owen & Dinan , CPAs
- Paychex, Inc.
- Northwestern Mutual
- United Way of America
- Summers Financial Services
- Waddell & Reed
- South Twin Executive Search
- Insero & Co.
- Daly, Sirianni & Co., CPAs
- Partners & Napier
- Harris Corp.
- Donald J. Pisaro, CPA
- Tom Walpole, CPA
- Merrill Lynch
For information on all participating companies, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Who do I Contact if I Have Any Questions?
There are two ways to contact the internship program:
- For more information about the internship program call (585) 899-3719.
- Email email@example.com