Internships and Co-ops
Students in the College of Business Administration are encouraged to compliment 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 one-time project-oriented opportunity to enhance your educational experience by allowing you to apply classroom knowledge in a professional environment. It is 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 the Student Success Center.
Eligible Undergraduate Students
Students must have completed at least 15 hours at UAHuntsville; have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all UAHuntsville business courses and an overall GPA of 2.75; have at least 6 hours beyond the principles course in the discipline; and obtain approval of the Director of Graduate Programs.
Eligible Graduate Students
Students must have completed at least 9 hours at UAHuntsville; have an overall GPA of 3.0; completion of core classes (ACC 600, ECN 600, MGT 600, MKT 600, and MSC 600); and obtain approval of the Director of Graduate Programs.
A 3-credit hour internship must include a minimum of 120 hours of on-site work over a 12-week semester.
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 one-time, 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 the Student Success Center.
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