In today's competitive world, having a formal business
education background is a distinct advantage. However,
successfully completing a well thought out business curriculum
is just one of many skills that students need to develop. The
ability to work effectively in a business environment is another
primary skill that requires development. Internships provide
that environment within a structured setting. Thoughtful
internship preparation offers students the opportunity to
experience various career options while applying core business
and interpersonal skills necessary to grow and succeed in their
chosen field. These objectives are achieved while you earn
university credit. Many students report that they have received
employment offers from their internship sponsors while others
have received outstanding recommendations to add to their
Internships are electives and as such require academic
planning as well as faculty approval. You must:
- have good academic standing (a minimum 2.0 GPA)
- have taken related business courses (depending on the
nature of your internship)
- Junior (ACC390/ BA390) or Senior (ACC490/ BA490) class
If you are not a designated business major, you will be
required to obtain a business faculty advisor for the internship
and follow all other requirements as stated.
Finding a suitable internship that enhances your learning
experience is your responsibility. The position you seek can be
voluntary or paid. Your employer is responsible for 100% of your
compensation. However, receiving compensation is not an
The SMU School of Business maintains a listing of current
internship and job offerings. The Career Center also maintains a
list on Saint's for Hire. New internship opportunities often
arise with urgency and may be sent to your SMU email directly
from the School of Business. Many students network with peers
that are completing their internship.
If the internship employer requires a resume or other
background information, please ask your internship coordinator
Bottom line, you cannot depend upon someone else to find you
an internship. You need to experience the labor market yourself
and seek meaningful internship employment that meets your
educational needs as well as those of your employer.
The minimum commitment for an internship is 50 contact hours.
When applying for your internship you will determine how many
hours you would like to complete. One semester hour is equal to
fifty internship contact hours. Up to six (6) credits can be
completed with any one employer. A total of 9 credits are
allowed with two or more employers. The work hours begin and end
within the corresponding academic semester.
Your employer must certify you have completed the necessary
work hours as part of the requirement to receive a passing
Your total semester credits including internships should not
exceed 18 credits.
- Set up a meeting with the internship director. At this
meeting you should have a general idea of the
objectives you wish to achieve while completing
- Complete and print out the internship contract.
- In order, obtain the signatures of your academic advisor,
internship director, and internship employer.
- Return the signed internship contract to the School of
Business office (OM379). The final approval of your internship
will be determined by the School of Business Dean. If your
internship is approved an electronic version will be sent to you
and you will be enrolled in self-service. Please allow five days
for your enrollment to reflect in self-service.
*Registration must be complete by the last day to add/drop for
the semester. If you are concerned you may be close to this
deadline contact the Internship director.
Before you can receive a final grade for your internship you are
required to complete a final employer evaluation, reflection paper,
and exit interview.
- Final employer evaluation:
Your final employer evaluation will determine 70% of your
internship grade. The evaluation must be submitted to the internship
director no later than two weeks prior to the end of the semester.
Your employer will be asked to rate your performance on this
form. You are responsible for assuring your employer completes
and submits your evaluation to your internship coordinator. Your
employer certifies the number of contact hours you have
completed during the internship period (the scholastic period).
You must meet or exceed the required number of hours stated in
the contract (from 50 to 300 depending on the credits requested
- Reflection paper:
Your internship reflection paper will determine 30% of your
internship grade. Your reflection paper must be submitted to the
internship director no later than two weeks prior to the end of
Your reflection paper should addresses the progress you have
made in obtaining your stated internship objectives. Your
reflection paper should be 5-8 pages long, double spaced.
- Exit interview:
A brief 30 minute exit interview is the final step in the
internship process. It is your responsibility to schedule either
a telephone interview or meeting between you, your employer, and
the internship director. This meeting should take place after
you have submitted your final employer evaluation and reflection
Late submission of the internship contract may result in failure to
obtain course approval. Late submission of the final employer evaluation
and/or the reflection paper may result in a failing grade. Termination of
employment prior to completing the number of contract hours may result in a
No grade of "incomplete" will be given for internship credit(s).