Saint Martin’s University School of Business
Program details •
Why should I consider a business internship?
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
Am I eligible for an internship?
Internships are electives and as such require academic
planning as well as faculty approval. You must be a student in
good standing (a 2.0 or higher GPA). Where in the opinion of
your academic advisor, your stated internship assignment and
goals require knowledge/skills developed in university courses,
such courses must be completed prior to receiving internship
approval. You should have upper class status (Junior/Senior).
You will be required to obtain the council and approval of your
academic advisor and internship coordinator. If you are not a
designated business student, you will be required to obtain a
business faculty advisor for the internship and follow all other
requirements as stated.
How do I start the internship process?
Is this what you want to do? The minimum commitment is to
complete 50 contact hours with your employer for every credit
requested, up to six (6) credits with any one employer. A total
of 9 credits are allowed with two more employers. The work hours
begin and end within the corresponding academic term.
This is a contractual commitment not subject to
receiving an incomplete grade! That is, your
employer must certify you have completed the necessary work
hours as part of the requirement to receive a passing grade.
Intern termination for cause will result in a failing grade.
There is a credit fee for internships as there is with any other
course. Internships are considered to be elective credits. Your
total term credits including internships should not exceed 18
credits. As an internship employee, you must engage in frequent
communication with your employer. You represent SMU within the
business community. Internship experiences are most successful
when a true partnership exists between the employee and the
employer. Make your internship experience a "win-win" experience
by understanding the employer's needs as we as your own. Make it
a regular practice to ask your employer how you are doing. Don't
hesitate to keep your internship coordinator informed as to your
How do I find a job?
Finding a suitable job 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
internship requirement. The SMU School of Business maintains a
listing of current internship/job offerings. The Career Center
has listings as well. 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 for assistance. 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.
What paperwork needs to be completed?
Go to the
download forms page.
Please type your internship objectives and your employer's
job description on the internship contract form. Work with your
internship coordinator to develop measurable and meaningful
objectives. Work with your internship coordinator to develop
measurable and meaningful objectives. Your work toward
completing those objectives will be the subject of your eight
(8) page reflection paper due two weeks prior to the end of the
Multiple signatures are required on the internship
contract. You will be required to obtain these signatures in
order before you will be allowed to sign up for course credit.
There is a sequence you must follow in obtaining contract
approval, see the flow chart for that sequence. You will be
required to obtain the signature of your academic advisor,
internship coordinator, employer and yourself prior to
registration for the course. Your internship coordinator will
register you for the course following final approval by the Vice
President of Academic Affairs.
Your term reflection paper addresses the progress you have
made in obtaining your stated objectives. Objectives could
include, applying what has been learned in the classroom or
learning how to work effectively with others. Objectives you
list on your contract should be achievable within the scholastic
Internship final evaluation:
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
Your employer evaluation submitted to your internship
coordinator will determine 70% of your internship grade. Your
internship reflection paper will determine 30% of your
Late submission of the internship contract may result in
failure to obtain course approval. Late submission of the
employer's evaluation and/or the internship term paper may
result in a failing grade. Termination of employment prior to completing the number of
contract hours may result in a failing grade.
Please refer to the internship web page for details.