What is an Internship?
All business students are required to complete an Applied Business Learning Experience as a part of their undergraduate degree. An internship is an on-site learning experience in a work setting that is related to a student’s particular major and personal interests.
Students receiving credit for their internship experience will need to work at least 10 hours per week for 10 weeks during the semester, a minimum of 100 hours, of on-site work experience which must be completed at the same time students are working on-site with an employer.
Occasionally, supervising faculty or the ABLE staff may request to visit an intern's work-site and meet with the intern's immediate site supervisor. On-site visits help increase the quality of the ABLE program, help staff and faculty understand the changing needs of our business partners, and may help increase the productivity of the student intern.
Interns that are a part of the ABLE Internship program will be students at least in their junior year. These students will have decided upon a business major and are pursuing the appropriate coursework to complete their academic degree. Majors in the Perdue School of Business are Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, and Marketing.
Some students will have previous work experience and others will not. Previous work experience is not a requirement for program enrollment. The purpose of the program is to provide work experience within a particular field of study to the student. This program is designed to help the student transfer academic skills to real world experiences.
Each company is unique and each internship is different. The internship can include routine operations, special projects or a combination of both. To be sure your internship experience will be successful, you should do a little planning before your intern arrives. Determine what you need and what you can reasonably expect from a student intern. Examples of how an intern can help are the creation of customer surveys, customer service audits, policy and procedure manuals, updating of operating procedures, research or current systems available, cost analysis, feasibility studies, or other tasks or projects related to a business major. You will also need to provide any necessary physical accommodations for students entering your workplace, such as a workstation and or access to a computer.
ABLE Interns are available during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students are to begin their internships within the first 2 weeks of the semester. Internships for credit generally occur during one of the following:
Students may agree to perform internship duties outside of these time periods but only internship hours completed during the recognized fall, spring, and summer semesters will count toward the student's internship credit requirement.
A student and an employer negotiate the exact start and finish dates around the company's needs and the student's schedule. The student intern's work schedule should be decided when the company and the student sign the ABLE Internship Credit Agreement form.
The ABLE Internship Program does not place students in internships and therefore cannot guarantee an intern is available when one is requested. ABLE affiliate companies and associated internships will be advertised within the Perdue School of Business using the Career Services Department's on-line postings. Other options for providing additional advertising of internships to students may be available upon request. For more information about additional advertising, contact the ABLE office.
Companies requesting an intern need to submit a completed intern request form to the ABLE office. When requesting an intern please be as specific as possible about your internship position. Once company internship opportunities are posted:
An internship can be paid or unpaid. The decision to pay or not pay an intern belongs to the company offering the position but keep in mind, while students are strongly advised not to accept an internship based solely on whether or not it is paid, students do have many expenses and may sometimes gravitate toward paid internships. Students receive credit for an internship without regard to an employer's decision to pay or to not pay an intern.
As an internship site supervisor you will be asked to assist faculty with monitoring the student's internship experience by completing two student intern evaluation forms, a mid-term evaluation and a final evaluation. Evaluations are used to identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses for student self-evaluation and self-correction. They are also incorporated into a student's final grade.
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