Business Internships

An internship may be one of the most important investments you can make in your future! Consider taking advantage of the opportunity to apply the knowledge you learned in the classroom and build skills you will need to be successful in today’s business world.

At the Seidman College of Business, internships are strongly encouraged and are considered a necessity in order to start a successful future business career. Many internships are paid, giving you the ability to earn money while you gain valuable business experience. Internships are offered in every business discipline and can be scheduled around your other classes. You may even receive a full-time employment offer from your internship experience!

Internship – Degree Requirements

  • Internships for credit are required for General Business majors only. For every other Seidman major they are strongly encouraged but are optional.
     
  • Before choosing to pursue a business internship for credit, meet with a Seidman Undergraduate Programs advisor to confirm that an internship for credit will count towards your remaining business degree requirements. If the internship does not count towards your remaining requirements, you are welcome and encouraged to still search and secure a business internship for the purposes of building your resume and gaining relevant experience!
     
  • If an internship is not pursued for academic credit, it does not make the experience less valid. You can have a quality internship experience without pursuing academic credit and still list the internship as work experience on your resume.
     
  • When pursuing an internship for credit you will enroll in an internship course, pay tuition dollars for that course and submit assignments via Blackboard as is standard with the structure of any online course.

Internship Eligibility

  • An internship must be a new learning experience. An internship at a current place of employment may qualify for internship credits. It is at the discretion of the department chairperson in the discipline of the internship whether or not an internship at a current place of employment will meet the internship eligibility criteria for a for-credit internship and the amount of work time that can be applied retroactively. You cannot do more than one internship at the same organization.
     
  • You must be eligible to be admitted into the Seidman College of Business (55 or more credits accumulated and a minimum 2.75 GPA), and have completed at least 9 hours (3 classes) of business core requirements. Economics internships (ECO 490) require a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
     
  • To avoid potential conflict of interest, a student cannot intern for immediate family members, and cannot work in a personal residence. Additionally, the internship workplace must be a multi-employee operation.
     
  • If you have received a grade of ‘No Credit’ for a previous 490 internship course, you are precluded from pursuing further internship credit.
     
  • If a position requires a 1099 tax form for independent contract work it is not eligible for internship credit.

Internship Structure

The internship program is based on the following criteria:

  • The majority of students who participate in the internship program choose to complete a three credit internship, and this is the requirement for general business majors. You may use from one to six credits for internships/independent study, but the combined total must not exceed six. An internship can only replace one class, regardless of the number of credits taken. Therefore, in order to replace two classes, you must complete two internships, at two different companies, for a total of six credits.
     
  • The Director of Seidman Undergraduate Programs and the Internship Coordinator will decide whether a potential internship qualifies for academic credit.
     
  • Minimally, you must work 50 hours for each academic credit earned. Three hours of academic credit is equivalent to 150 hours of work, or approximately 10 hours per week for a 15-week semester.
     
  • The Seidman Internship Coordinator oversees the internship, which may include a site visit to the employer (arranged by the Internship Coordinator - you may or may not be present).
     
  • The completed internship packet must be submitted either by the Wednesday prior to the first day of classes for each semester, or BEFORE starting the internship position, whichever is first. Summer internships must start no later than the Monday of the second full week in June.
     
  • Seidman internships are graded as Credit/No Credit. The internship employer retains hiring and dismissal authority. Interns who are dismissed will be given no internship credit.
     
  • You are required to complete course requirements listed on the Internship Syllabus, including log sheets,performance evaluation forms, and a final report. We understand that employers do not necessarily think in "semester" time frames and because of this an opportunity may present itself after the beginning of a semester. You may still be able to receive credit for this position - talk to an Internship Coordinator for details. If you do join the program late, you are responsible for completing the necessary assignments to "catch up" to the rest of the program participants.

Position Search Options

Look for available internship postings at the following locations:

  • LakerJobs, be sure to look specifically at the Seidman College of Business Pre-Approved Internship category. You may also search in the general Internship category, however internships found in this category will need to be approved by the Internship Coordinator if pursued for academic credit.
     
  • The Career Center, 101B DeVos (verify credit approval with appropriate Internship Coordinator)
     
  • To search for an internship yourself, use your networking skills, talk to other students, faculty, and acquaintances. The Internship Coordinator must approve the job description, signed by or sent via email from the prospective employer, before you complete any of the internship paperwork.
     
  • If you need help with the internship search process, schedule an appointment with the appropriate Internship Coordinator.
     
  • For further assistance with the internship search process, in addition to resume development and revision, be sure to make an appointment with the Career Center.
     
  • If you are planning on participating in an international internship, see Seidman International Business Programs (3137 L. William Seidman Center) for details specific to this option. For U.S. and international students (F1), international internships are defined as internships outside of the U.S. and, if applicable, their home country.

Internship Process

  • Secure the internship by following the guidelines listed under “Position Search Options” above. For internships found by any other means than through the Seidman College of Business Pre-Approved Internship category in LakerJobs, verify with your appropriate Internship Coordinator that the position is eligible for credit. See “Internship Coordinators” below to identify your appropriate contact. For internships not posted as pre-approved, a job description must be sent to the appropriate Internship Coordinator. The job description must be signed by the prospective employer or sent to the appropriate Internship Coordinator for approval via employer email address. The internship must be approved for credit prior to continuing with the internship application process. Remember, you may not intern with an immediate family member.
     
  • When the internship is approved for credit, you may continue with the internship application process which requires the completion and submission of the internship packet. Be sure to read directions carefully and include all requested documentation in the packet.
     

Turn in your completed packet to the appropriate Internship Coordinator. This will include:

  • Application page (the third page of the internship packet), signed by the employer Three (3) copies of the signed learning objectives Three (3) copies of approved job description A copy of your current resume
     
  • Once the completed internship packet receives final approval, you will receive an email regarding registration in the internship course. You and your employer will also receive official confirmation letters by mail.

Internship Coordinators

  • Students interested in accounting internships should contact Dr. Denise de la Rosa. She can be reached at (616) 331-7190, or via email: delarosd@gvsu.edu
     
  • Students interested in international business internships should contact Alexandra Schmid. She can be reached at (616) 331-7452, or via email: schmiale@gvsu.edu
     
  • Students interested in all other business internships should contact Tami Kraker. She can be reached at (616) 331-7500, or via email: krakerta@gvsu.edu

Additional Questions?

Contact:

Seidman Undergraduate Programs

go2gvbiz@gvsu.edu

(616) 331-7500

 

Page last modified April 15, 2014