One of the most educationally enriching and worthwhile opportunities you can take advantage of during your collegiate career is a practical, "real world" learning experience. In the College of Business Administration & Graduate Programs Office we refer to these opportunities as Business Experiences, and encourage all of our students to participate in one prior to graduation. Students can find out about available internships through the Business Experiences listserv – send an email request to join – and through the Experience Job & Internship Board.
What is a Business Experience?
A business experience is any opportunity for students to engage in a business setting allowing them to employ the skills learned in the classroom. Objectives and learning goals are expected to be predefined by both the organization providing the opportunity and the student accepting the experience. Business experiences can take place at anytime during the academic year and can be as formal as a for-credit internship or co-op, or as informal as an informational interview or job shadow experience. Below there is information, and links to information, on the various opportunities available to students.
Note: MBA students should refer to the MBA Internships page, here.
The student is responsible for securing an appropriate internship, although assistance may be provided by the Department, the Office of Business Experiences or by the Career Services Center. Allow plenty of time to search for an internship and recognize that many hiring processes begin several months/semesters before the internship begins. During your search:
Tap into your own network (parents, peers, friends of parents, parents of friends, past employers, faculty, etc.).
Research available internships posted on the Business Experiences listserv and Experience.com job board.
Have your resume critiqued.
Participate in a mock interview.
Familiarize yourself with for-credit internship eligibility and curriculum requirements.
Internships, specific to business majors, are posted regularly on the Business Experiences listserv by the Office of Business Experiences. Undergraduate majors are automatically added to the list at the beginning of each semester. Graduate students may request to join the list by emailing email@example.com.
Students are encouraged to create an account on the Kent State University Experience Job & Internship Board available via http://www.kent.edu/career. In addition to the postings on the listserv, this site informs students of internships posted via NEOIntern and allows for state and nationwide searches. A resume must be uploaded to complete registration. Resume critiques and mock interviews are available in the Career Services Center (261 Schwartz Center), and are highly recommended.
Academic advisors (undergraduate- 107 BSA; graduate- A310 BSA) can assist you with determining your eligibility by way of assisting with GPA calculations, verifying course prerequisites, and translating curriculum requirements. The Office of Business Experiences (300E BSA) provides assistance with all internship applications.
About Internship credit/courses
All internship courses are controlled admission classes, requiring approval for registration, for students who are interested in obtaining career-relevant experience. The student must meet the criteria listed in the internship application to the satisfaction of the internship coordinator or the chair of the department/major for which the student seeks internship credit. Some experiences may count for credit in the major, while others will allow the student to earn general elective credit, both of which count for credit toward the degree. Students should meet with an academic advisor (107 BSA or A310 BSA) to determine how an internship will fit into their curriculum.
Each department/major has unique and specific requirements for enrollment in the internship course. In general, to receive major credit for an internship the student must be at least a junior (60+ credit hours) in good standing – have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA – and be declared in the major/minor for which credit is sought. It is typical that a minimum major GPA of 3.0 is also required. General elective credit is available to freshmen and sophomore students, as well as juniors and seniors in multidisciplinary internships, through BUS 2/40192. Students should seek guidance from the Office of Business Experiences (300E BSA) when assistance is needed in determining GPA or curricular eligibility.
Specific departmental/major requirements can be found in the internship application.
- The position should be with an organization which typically hires college graduates into entry-level positions. That is, the responsibilities, supervision, and training provided to the intern should be comparable to that which new hires in the organization typically receive.
- The employer can be either a profit or a non-profit. It must have an individual knowledgeable about the subject (ie. finance, marketing) who is willing to function as the intern’s supervisor
- The student must work between 150-300 hours (300 hours required for accounting). The preference is that the intern should be paid at least the prevailing minimum wage, with the possibility of exceptions.
- A supervisory representative of the employing firm must provide a formal job offer, in writing, as well as confirmation that he or she is willing to evaluate the intern’s performance.
- The student must obtain the internship coordinator’s approval prior to commencing employment, as not all positions will be approved.
Applying for Course Credit
1. THE APPLICATION: To obtain admission to register for an internship in the College of Business Administration, the student must submit the completed application ‘Request for Permission to Register’ (see application link below), a current resume, completed ‘Prospective Internship Supervisor’s Form’, and a proposal to the Business Experiences Manager (room 300E BSA or electronically as a PDF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to commencing your internship experience.
The proposal must describe:
i. The job itself, especially any projects to be undertaken by the intern
ii. The specific conditions of the job, including the planned beginning and ending dates, the hours per week, the salary, and the reporting relationships
iii. How the position is expected to enhance the student’s career objectives.
2. APPROVAL PROCESS: The completed application will be forwarded to the appropriate department/major internship coordinator or department chair for review. Within 5-7 business days the application packet will be returned to the Business Experiences Manager with notification of approval status. The student will then be notified of his/her approval status via email (at the kent.edu email address). If your experience has been approved, you will also receive notification that you are eligible to register for the course credits via FlashLine. The approval process can take up to two full weeks, so you should apply well in advance of the semester start when possible.
Faculty Internship Coordinator Contact Information
Mr. John Rose
Dr. Richard Kent
Dr. David Dumpe
Dr. James Smas
Computer Info Systems
Dr. Alan Brandyberry
Dr. Pamela Grimm
Internship in Business
Dr. Frederick Schroath
Students can print out the application below and return it to the Office of Business Experiences (room 300E BSA) for processing.
The printable application can be found below:
Even in the event that the student is denied credit, the internship may still be completed so long as the student and employer reach agreeable terms.
In addition to the formal internship program, there are a number of students looking for short-term (paid and unpaid) experiences, which they typically refer to as internships -- especially in the summer months. We encourage and seek to develop these opportunities for our students throughout the year. There are no formal requirements for these experiences, although to maintain a level of program quality we prefer that they are rigorous and include learning goals and objectives. Likewise, the Office of Business Experiences seeks to track student involvement in these informal experiences as well, so please let us know ( email us!!) about your not-for-credit experiences too!