Internships and Co-ops

Internships

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Students in the College of Business Administration are encouraged to complement the coursework in their academic program by participating in an internship that provides practical work experience related to the student's course of study.  An internship is a project-oriented opportunity intended to supplement your formal education by exposing you to the real-world business work environment.  It can allow you to explore specific careers, develop new skills, enhance current strengths, gain career related experience, and increase your marketability. Internships are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Current internship opportunities and more information about the program are available from Career Services.

Bruce McMullen - UAH MBA student
As an intern with HudsonAlpha, McMullen says he enjoys "taking it from the textbook to real-life experiences of how to solve problems."

Eligible Undergraduate Students

Students must have completed at least 15 hours at UAH; have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all UAH business courses and an overall GPA of 2.75; have at least 6 hours beyond the principles course in the discipline; and obtain the approval of the Department Chair for the discipline.

Eligible Graduate Students

Students must have completed at least 9 hours at UAH; have an overall GPA of 3.0; completion of core classes (ACC 600, ECN 600, MGT 600, MKT 600, and MSC 600); and obtain the approval of the Director of Graduate Programs.

Credit Hours

A 3-credit hour internship must include a minimum of 120 hours of on-site work over a 12-week semester.

Steps to get started!

  • STEP 1: Complete the internship eligibility form and return it to BAB, Room 102.
  • STEP 2: Once approved, you receive an email from the advising office. Begin your internship search on the ChargerPath website!
  • STEP 3: Bring your offer letter, detailed job description and supervisor contact information to BAB, Room 102.
  • STEP 4: Once approved by the department chair, you will receive an email from the advising office about class registration and internship deliverables.

Learning Objectives

The learning goals associated with internships are:

  1. Gain professional work experience related to your area of career interest.
  2. Provide a practical understanding of effective business leadership, process, and organization.
  3. Learn to contribute as an effective team member in a professional work environment.
  4. Identify relevant and pertinent examples of business practices that connect formal business theory learned in the classroom to experiences in the business environment.

NOTE: If the student is an employee of the company, then he/she cannot receive internship credit for work performed in the usual course of their duties as an employee of the company. Work performed for the internship must be of a project-oriented nature that requires the student to develop new skills, enhance their current strengths, and gain relevant experience to their selected field of study.

Cooperative Education Program (CO-OP)

The College of Business participates in the University's Cooperative Education Program. The program is designed to provide relevant paid employment experiences that integrate, complement and enhance the student's academic program. Co-op positions may be available in a variety of business settings, including government agencies, financial institutions, social agencies, accounting firms, entrepreneurial companies, and others.

In the traditional co-op arrangement (Alternating Schedule) students rotate full-time work and school terms with a single employer. Ideally, students complete a minimum of three full-time work assignments.

An alternative arrangement (Parallel Schedule) allows students to work part-time and attend school part-time simultaneously. Ideally, undergraduate students complete a minimum of three consecutive semesters and graduate students complete a minimum of two consecutive semesters.

The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Current co-op opportunities and more information about the program are available from Career Services.