Internships are professional experiences that students participate in to gain professional skills and experiences. Internships are structured as learning experiences that combine in-class theory with real-world applications.
For an organization, a College of Business intern can be a great asset. They can fill an immediate need or work on a project that has been on the back-burner for years.
Internship Course Requirement
Students admitted to College of Business are required to complete an internship course concurrent with their internship/co-op. The prerequisites for the internship course (BUS 492 or BUS 442) are admission to the College of Business AND completion of BUS 284. To apply for the internship/co-op course, students must complete the internship course application on Handshake prior to starting the internship. Please note: effective Fall 2019 there will no longer be a 0 credit option for Bus 492.
What counts as a valid internship experience?
A valid experience is an internship or co-op that requires skills and knowledge obtained from College of Business courses. These experiences can be obtained through employment, volunteer activities or project-based opportunities. Your position should be similar to an entry-level position for a College of Business graduate and tied to your career goals and/or major.
Criteria For An Experience To Be Defined As An Internship To ensure that an experience is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met:
- The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
- The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
- The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
- There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
- There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
- There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
- There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
Questions to consider when evaluating an internship opportunity:
- What advanced skills and knowledge are ESSENTIAL for this position? How will this position enhance my learning in the College of Business coursework?
- What responsibilities of this position require advanced coursework at an institution of higher education?
- What will I learn or experience from this internship that I haven’t had the opportunity to learn or experience yet?
- Who will provide supervision and training throughout the internship?
Positions that typically will NOT be considered a professional experience:
- Customer service representative
- Bank teller
- Community adviser
- Point of sale representative
- Administrative assistant
- Sales floor personnel
- General laborer
- Brand ambassador
Typical Internship Roles and Responsibilities
Internship Annual Report
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Business requires students to compliment their academic studies with practical business experience. With professional internships, the internship program connects students to employer both domestic and abroad.
Through this program, we collect student internship data from the academic year (fall 2017, spring 2018, summer 2018) and provide resources and knowledge to current students, faculty, and corporate partners.
Need to contact the Professional Development Office for more information about internships?
Our office is located in Sage Hall, Suite 1608 and is open Monday-Friday from 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM. Evening appointments are available by request. To make an appointment, call 920-424-0297.