You must be formally admitted to the Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship (JJCBE) to enroll in an internship for credit (ACTG 498, BFIN 498, BMGT 498, or BMKT 498). You must be formally admitted to the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program to enroll in ACTG 598. An internship experience may be located at the student’s initiative or through the Bracken Center (Jabs Hall 108). We receive many requests throughout the year for interns, so be sure to check often for new internships that have become available. Career/Job Opportunities are also available through the Bracken Center and MSU's Career Services.
PURPOSE OF AN INTERNSHIP
The purpose of an internship-for-credit is to gain valuable experiential on-site learning that enhances your academic studies. Therefore, there are two essential components to a successful internship:
- A substantive work experience related to your field of study that requires skill and judgment, supervised by a knowledgeable manager who mentors and trains you. Your internship must allow you the opportunity to interact with other professionals and learn about the structure, culture, and operations of your chosen company.
- Your thoughtful reflection upon what you are learning and how this learning enhances, and is enhanced by, your academic studies.
It is important that you select your internship work-site carefully to ensure that you will in fact be able to achieve the purpose of an internship. Please consult with Linda Ward, Program Manager of the Bracken Center, 108 Jabs Hall, for internship opportunities.
(If you are a graduate student in the Master of Professional Accountancy program, please see your graduate advisor for information about ACTG 598 internships).
In order to register for internship credit, follow these steps:
- Pick up an internship packet in The Bracken Center Office (Jabs Hall 108), or click on the links below for all the guidelines and forms that you will need. The packet contains all the information you need in setting up your learning contract, obtaining faculty advisor and site supervisor approvals, registering for the course, and submitting weekly reports.
- Meet with your site supervisor who will be supervising your field experience and obtain his/her signature on the Learning Contract.
- Meet with the faculty member who has agreed to supervise your internship (this is not necessarily your faculty advisor) to complete the Faculty Approval Form and to discuss the Learning Contract. Accounting students should seek accounting option advisors.
- Submit the completed forms to The Bracken Center, Jabs Hall 108, where they will be kept on file with your weekly reports. Keep a copy for your records.
- To register for the course, submit a signed Add/Drop Request Form to the Registrar's Office. The faculty member supervising your internship needs to sign the Instructor portion of the Add/Drop Request Form. Deadlines for registering for an internship are the same as registering for any course. Adds after the 10th class day require approval of Dr. Myleen Leary, interim associate dean for academic affairs (Jabs Hall 302F).
Internship Packet (For all Business Internships)
Printable Individual Form Sections for Business Internships:
- Internship Guidelines
- Internship Packet
- Faculty Approval Form
- Learning Contract
- Weekly Report Topics
- Supervisor's Evaluation
- Add/Drop Request Form
Turning in weekly reports:
Internship reports should be e-mailed to: email@example.com and to your faculty internship advisor.
Academic Credit for your internship:
If you wish to receive academic credit for the internship experience and/or if the site requires you be a registered student at the time of the experience, you must register for ACTG 498/598, BFIN 498, BMGT 498, or BMKT 498. Students may not retroactively register for the course, i.e., do the experience in the summer and actually register for the course in the fall.
Grading of internships:
Internships are graded P/F. Assessment of a student's performance is based on the faculty's review of the weekly reports and input from the work-site advisor.