Congratulations on your Internship Opportunity!

Do I need to pursue my internship for academic credit?

Do I pay tuition for the internship course?

Is an internship an “internship” if I do not pursue academic credit?

Am I eligible to pursue academic credit for my internship?

Is my internship eligible for academic credit?

The semester has already started, can I still get my internship approved for academic credit?

How do I get my internship approved for academic credit?


What do I do after my internship is approved for academic credit?

What is the deadline to have my completed internship packet turned in?

I’ve submitted my completed internship packet with approved documentation and signatures, what do I do next?

What do I need to do to fulfill internship course requirements?

 

Do I need to pursue my internship for academic credit?
General Business majors are required to pursue an internship for academic credit to fulfill their degree requirements. For all other Seidman majors an internship for credit is an elective option. Before deciding to pursue an internship for credit please confirm with an academic advisor that an internship can count somewhere in your remaining degree requirements.

Do I pay tuition for the internship course?
Yes. If you decide to pursue your internship for academic credit you will enroll in an internship course and pay tuition dollars for that course, as you would any other course at GVSU. You will be required to complete assignments and fulfill course requirements as per the syllabus and instruction of your Internship Coordinator.

Is an internship an “internship” if I do not pursue academic credit?
Absolutely! Ultimately what we want you to have is the experience, that’s what your future employers care about. If the internship course can fit into degree requirements and is economically the right choice for you, factoring in timing and tuition costs, then great! If the internship course credit doesn’t work for you, you are encouraged to still pursue the internship for the experience and resume builder. You can still list the experience on your resume as an internship, regardless of the academic credit.

Am I eligible to pursue academic credit for my internship?
You must be eligible to be admitted into the Seidman College of Business under your current catalog year. The 2015-2016 or earlier catalog year requirements are: 55 or more credits accumulated and a 2.75 or higher overall GPA. Students under this catalog year must also have at least 9 credit hours (3 courses) of business core requirements completed. The 2016-2017 or later catalog year requirements are: 55 or more credits accumulated, a 2.5 or higher overall GPA, and a 2.5 or higher pre-admission GPA with pre-admission course requirements fulfilled (Completed ACC 212, BUS 201, ECO 210, ECO 211 and STA 215. MGT 268 may be taken in the same semester as the internship for credit as long as all GPAs meet requirements at the time the internship is pursued for academic credit. 

If you have received a ‘no credit’ grade for a previous 490 internship course you are precluded from pursuing further internship credit.

Is my internship eligible for academic credit?
Internship eligibility requirements are as follows:
1. Your internship must be a new learning experience (meaning you have been in the position no more than 2 months). If the internship is not a new experience by our classifications then it is at the discretion of the appropriate academic department chairperson as to whether or not the internship can still count for academic credit. Please check with your appropriate Internship Coordinator first.
2. If you’ve previously pursued internship credit with a specific organization, you cannot pursue additional internship credit at that same organization.
3. To avoid potential conflict of interest, a student cannot intern for family members (father, mother, uncle, aunt, cousin, sibling, etc.)
4. The internship employer must be a multiple employee operation headquartered in an office and not out of a residential location. The intern must be working from the location of the employer's office. 
5. You are reporting to a professional working in your field of study. For example: A marketing intern must report to a marketing professional with background and experience in the marketing field.
6. If the internship position is a 1099 tax form independent contractor position it is not eligible for internship credit.
7. An internship has to be a current learning experience. Students cannot obtain academic credit for an internship that is done (or close to being finished) at the time academic credit is pursued.

The semester has already started, can I still get my internship approved for academic credit?
We understand that employers do not necessarily think in “semester” time frames and because of that an opportunity may present itself after the beginning of the semester. You may still be able to receive credit for this position – talk to your Internship Coordinator for details. If you do join the internship course late you are responsible for completing the necessary assignments to “catch up” to the rest of the internship course participants. If your internship is continuing on into subsequent semesters, it is best pursue academic credit then. 

How do I get my internship approved for academic credit?
You need to seek the approval of your Internship Coordinator to pursue an internship for academic credit. Please have your employer send the appropriate Internship Coordinator your internship job description via email
Internship Coordinators:
Professor Rita Grant, grantr@gvsu.edu – Accounting Internships
Claire Rose, rosecl@gvsu.edu - International Internships (internships outside of the U.S.)
Tami Kraker, krakerta@gvsu.edu – All other business internships

  • 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 visa students) international internships are defined as internships outside of the U.S. and, if applicable, F1 visa students’ home countries.

What do I do after my internship is approved for academic credit?
Your next step in the internship process will be to complete and submit the completed internship packet to your Internship Coordinator. Read directions carefully and be sure to include all requested documentation in the packet with all appropriate signatures. You may submit your internship packet via email attachment or hard copy to your Internship Coordinator.

What is the deadline to have my completed internship packet turned in?
Your completed internship packet must be submitted by the deadline established by your Internship Coordinator or the Wednesday prior to the first day of classes for each semester, whichever is first.  You may submit your internship packet via email attachment or hard copy to your Internship Coordinator.

I’ve submitted my completed internship packet with approved documentation and signatures, what do I do now?

  • Your internship packet will now be processed by the Seidman Undergraduate Programs Office.
  • You will receive an email to your GVSU email address when your packet has been processed, at which time you will be instructed to log in to Banner and register for the internship course.
  • The course is structured as an online course. Course information will be posted in Blackboard where you will find the internship syllabus, information on internship assignments, grading policies, etc.
  • Please regularly check your GVSU email address for the duration of your internship experience. You will receive very important information from your Internship Coordinator!

What do I need to do to fulfill internship course requirements?
The internship course is graded credit/no credit. You will have access to the internship syllabus in Blackboard for information on the point structure, how many points you need to earn credit in the course, assignment due dates, etc.
Minimally, you must complete 50 hours of work with your employer for every credit hour you are pursuing for your internship. A 3 credit internship course is equivalent to 150 hours of work with your employer. 10 hours of work a week in a standard 15 week semester would bring you to the minimal total hours.
*Your internship employer retains hiring and dismissal authority. Interns who are dismissed will be given a ‘no credit’ grade for their internship course.
*You are required to complete course requirements listed on the internship syllabus! This includes the following assignments: Log sheets, performance evaluation forms and the final report.


 

Internship Coordinators

Accounting Internships
Professor Rita Grant
(616) 331-7190
grantr@gvsu.edu

International Business Internships
Claire Rose
(616) 331-7500
rosecl@gvsu.edu

Other Business Internships
Tami Kraker
(616) 331-7500
krakerta@gvsu.edu


 

Questions

Contact:
Seidman Undergraduate Programs
(616) 331-7500
go2gvbiz@gvsu.edu



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