Internship Information for Students
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!
Juniors and seniors with a 2.5 GPA or higher are eligible to apply. Second-semester sophomores may plan their summer or fall internships by contacting the Internship Coordinator.
How to Get Started
- Make an appointment with the Center for Career and Academic Planning to discuss your internship search strategy, creation/review of your resume and cover letter, interviewing tips, etc.
- Meet with your faculty advisor to discuss when an internship would best fit into your schedule.
- Meet with the internship coordinator to discuss program requirements and the possibility of earning academic credit.
- Apply for opportunities and follow the application process as designated by the organization.
Finding an Internship
Many businesses in the Rochester area are looking for School of Business interns because of the strong classroom and professional skills you have developed through your curriculum. The best strategy you can use to find an internship is to combine the three search methods below.
Search Postings on Handshake
Handshake is a job and internship posting database, hosted by the Center for Career and Academic Planning, containing all internships that are sent to the College internship coordinator. For questions about your username and password, contact the Center for Career and Academic Planning at (585) 385-8050. You will want to check this resource frequently for the most current internship postings.
Network! Network! Network!
Talk to family, friends, faculty, staff, your peers, current interns, alumni, classroom/club guest speakers, etc. and share your internship goals. You never know what opportunities might be ahead just by engaging in a simple discussion.
Research Your Field/Industry of Interest
Look in the newspaper, the web and current periodicals to learn of new businesses, emerging internship programs, and exciting initiatives within established organizations. Work with the Career Center on creating appropriate career correspondence to reach out to these companies.
Internships for Academic Credit
In order for an internship to receive three academic credits, all of the following must be met:
- Your internship must be a minimum of 135 hours throughout the duration of the semester (approximately 8-10 hours per week).
- Your internship must last throughout the entire semester.
- You must have one designated supervisor that will be responsible for providing continual learning experiences and provide continual feedback on your performance.
- Your internship must take place within a professional business setting, not within a home/attached to home office. Virtual/remote internships are not permitted.
- Your internship must provide a learning experience that is similar in nature to the classroom learning experience and have a progression of responsibilities and knowledge gained throughout the semester.
Signing Up for Academic Credit
- Fill out the Internship Approval Form [doc] and return if to the internship coordinator. Contact the internship coordinator if you are unsure if your internship will qualify for academic credit.
- Register for ACCT 491, FINA 491, HRMG 491, MGMT 491, or MKTG 491 during the course registration period.
- Once you have registered for the course, the internship coordinator will contact you with additional paperwork to be completed.
Internship Course Requirements
The School of Business Internship Course (491) is a pass/fail course and managed through Blackboard. To successfully complete the course, you must complete seven bi-weekly reports and one final evaluation summarizing your entire experience by the stated deadlines. You must also attend one on-campus internship orientation session at the start of the semester to discuss your responsibilities and course expectations.
Most internship courses are considered an elective toward your major. A second internship experience can be taken, with approval from the internship coordinator, and would count as general, non-liberal arts elective credit. If you would like to take a second internship for academic credit, you are strongly encouraged to speak with your faculty advisor.
This form is your first step to signing up for the internship course. You need to fill out this form and submit it to the internship coordinator for approval. Once approval is given, you can register for the internship course during the course registration process.