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Walker School: Internships for Credit

Qualified undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a degree program of the Walker School of Business and Technology may be able to earn academic credit for learning gained from a quality internship opportunity that is directly related to the degree. Walker students are highly encouraged to gain professional experience through an internship, regardless of whether it is for academic credit or not. 

Internship Objectives
Finding an Internship
Eligibility Requirements 
Application
Faculty Internship Coordinators

Internship Objectives

All Walker School of Business and Technology Internships should meet the following objectives:

  • Student will develop skill sets that allow them to marry their course of study to real-world applications.
  • Students will gain experience in development of business communications skills and intrapersonal relationship abilities.
  • Students will be able to use experience to enhance reference/records to enhance future employment opportunities.
  • Students will develop an understanding of the participating organizations formal functional activities.
  • Students will have opportunities to understand informal organizational relationships.

Finding an Internship

Students need to conduct a search for an internship, secure the internship and work with appropriate department faculty internship coordinator in order to receive academic credit. Each of these steps provides a learning component for the student on their path toward securing a successful internship position. Resources to assist students throughout the process are available through Walker EDGE and the Career Planning & Development Center

Eligibility Requirements

Students wishing to complete an internship as part of their degree should be prepared to file all necessary paperwork a minimum of 1 term (8 weeks) in advance of the semester that they wish to receive the credit in. For specific eligibility requirements pertaining to your particular degree, please contact the faculty internship coordinator for your academic department. Academic credit will only be granted one term or semester at a time. Students must resubmit a new application for each additional terms or semester. 

Undergraduate students 
must have completed the equivalent of 4 full semesters (60 credit hours) with a minimum of 12 credit hours of core courses in their Walker School degree program. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 is required. Undergraduate students can earn 1 to 6 hours of academic credit.

Graduate students must be registered either as a full-time or part-time student in a program that will result in an advanced degree from the Walker School. Graduate students must have completed at least 12 credit hours and hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. Graduate students can earn 1 to 6 hours of academic credit.

Internships should clearly align with the student's degree program or MBA area of emphasis. Internships are not available to MBA students without an area of emphasis.

International students typically undertake an internship as Curricular Practical Training(CPT.) Students on F-1 visas need to have been in F-1 status for at least one full academic year before they are eligible to apply for internship.  

CPT requires several additional steps in addition to the Walker School's application for academic credit process. Students should consult with a representative from International Recruitment and Services in the Office of Admissions in order to review U.S. regulations, confirm eligibility and receive approval prior to completing the Walker School process. Information about U.S. regulations and the CPT application process are available online: International Recruitment and Services

Once students have been approved by International Recruitment and Services, Students must secure an internship, complete the Walker School application and confirm that the internship has been approved by the appropriate faculty internship coordinator. The faculty internship coordinator will complete the Academic Department Recommendation and on your CPT Request Form and provide confirmation of enrollment.  Students should submit the completed CPT form, enrollment confirmation and Letter from the Employer to International Recruitment and Services in order to recieve a new I-20. Students must not begin the internship until a new I-20 has been issued. 

Application for Academic Credit 

Once a Walker School student has secured an internship, the following forms should be completed. All forms must be signed and returned to the appropriate faculty internship coordinator for each department. International students must also complete the CPT Request Form:

  1. Internship Application Proposal
  2. Statement of Understanding
  3. Responsibilities of the Host Organization and Supervisor


     Faculty Internship Coordinators