Earning Academic Credit for an Internship

Pre-business students may enroll in BUS 2275 Internship in Business.  (Prerequisites:  Completion of at least 30 semester hours and approval of Internship Learning Agreement by School of Business Chair or designee.)

Upper division business majors may enroll in:

  • Accountancy majors: ACC 4275 Internship in Accounting (Prerequisites:  Admission to the Accounting Program, ACC 3200, ACC 3300, a minimum cumulative EIU GPA of 2.50 or higher; and approval of Internship Learning Agreement by School of Business Associate Chair.)
  • Management Information Systems majors: MIS 4275 Internship in MIS (Prerequisites:  Admission to the School of Business, MIS 2000, MIS 3200, and approval of Internship Learning Agreement by School of Business Associate Chair.)
  • Finance majors: FIN 4275 Internship in Finance (Prerequisites:  Admission to the School of Business, BUS 3710, and approval of Internship Learning Agreement by School of Business Associate Chair.)
  • Management majors: MGT 4275 Internship in Management (Prerequisites:  Admission to the School of Business, BUS 3010, and approval of Internship Learning Agreement by the School of Business Associate Chair.)
  • Marketing majors: MAR 4275 Internship in Marketing (Prerequisites:  Admission to the School of Business, BUS 3470, and approval of Internship Learning Agreement by School of Business Associate Chair.)

To enroll in any of these courses, you first must obtain approval from your advisor and from the School of Business Internship Coordinator.

Plan Ahead! You must be registered with the University before starting your internship.

Preparation

If you plan to take an internship for academic credit, you will need to:

  • Meet with your Academic Advisor to be sure that you are qualified to take an internship for academic credit.
  • Find a business or organization that will sponsor your internship. See Resources for Finding an Internship for information on finding an internship.
  • Make preliminary arrangements with the internship business/organization.
  • Obtain a job description for your internship.
  • Gather and organize information about the business/organization. At a minimum, this should include:
    • The name, address, telephone number, and email address of the firm.
    • The name, telephone number, and email address of your internship supervisor.
    • Information about the firm such as a description of its business operations, organization, size, mission and similar material. If the firm has a website, you may want to download some information from the website.
  • Complete the Internship Proposal (.pdf).
  • Sign and complete Part I of the Internship Learning Agreement.
  • Have your Internship Site Supervisor sign Part II of the Internship Learning Agreement.
  • Submit the Internship Proposal and Internship Learning Agreement to the Internship Coordinator.
  • Be sure there are no holds on your record that would prevent you from being registered for the course.
  • Upon approval of the your Internship Proposal, the Internship Coordinator will return a fully signed copy of the Internship Learning Agreement to you.
  • The Internship Coordinator will register you for the appropriate course.

Internship Portfolio

During your internship, you must complete an Internship Portfolio. See Internship Portfolio for a complete description.

Evaluation of the Internship

Both you and your internship supervisor must complete a midterm and final evaluation of your internship on the School of Business evaluation forms.

 

School of Business Internship Coordinator

Ms. Renee Stroud-Witt
School of Business
Student Center for Academic and Professional Development
Lumpkin Hall 2051
E-Mail:  rstroud@eiu.edu
Phone: 217-581-2623
Fax: 217-581-6642