Breech Business School Internships
Students become eligible to complete an internship for credit when they meet the following criteria:
1.) 60 or more credit hours earned.
2.) 2.5 grade point average or higher, or department chair approval.
3.) Have completed coursework appropriate for the internship experience.
4.) Have selected an internship experience related to their field of study.
- Internship credit cannot be granted retroactively, which means you must be registered for internship credit during the same semester in which your internship is completed.
- Existing jobs do not qualify for internship college credit; this is meant to be a new learning experience. Please contact Lisa Tessier if you have questions about this guideline.
- Family members cannot act as site supervisors, so if you are doing an internship in a family business, identify someone not related to you to oversee the internship.
- You must complete all internship site hours within the semester at the same site under one site supervisor (though you may rotate through various departments for a broad based experience).
- Students are encouraged to engage in as many internship experiences as possible but only two internships for a total of 6 credits can be applied towards an undergraduate degree.
NOTE: Students are responsible for notifying their faculty sponsor and Lisa Tessier at firstname.lastname@example.org if their internship circumstances change for any reason.
- Discuss your internship plans with your faculty sponsor. (see Faculty Sponsor below)
- Apply for and secure an internship. (see Finding an Internship below)
- After you have the internship and you have discussed it with your faculty sponsor, complete the online Internship Commitment Form. (see Forms below)
- Read email notifications for final steps on how to submit paperwork in order to register for credit. (see Deadlines below).
NOTE: Submit summer semester internship paperwork before leaving campus for the summer.
International Students: Check our tip sheet for information specific to international students.
NOTE: Registering for internship credit involves signatures from many people which takes longer to complete than registering for a regular class. Start early to complete the process by the deadline.
Complete and turn in all signed paperwork to Career Planning & Development in Bay Hall 148 in order to register for credit by the deadline.
For summer internships, submit paperwork and register before leaving campus.
Once registered, you may begin counting site hours toward the minimum requirement (see Credit & Tuition).
Students are responsible for finding their own internships though faculty and Career Planning and Development provide support and guidance. Finding an Internship Site has some ideas to get started.
- Your internship position must be approved by your faculty sponsor as being a relevant learning experience to your major/minor.
- You may do internships locally, nationally, or even internationally.
- You may not use existing jobs for internship college credit as this is meant to be a new learning experience. Contact email@example.com if you have questions regarding this guideline.
- Internships may be paid or unpaid depending on the site. Refer to the Department of Labor Rules and Regulations for more information regarding the compensation of interns.
Share the Site Supervisor Internship Handbook with employers who have questions about their responsibilities in the internship.
AFTER you have accepted an internship, you need to complete the following forms to register for credit:
Commitment Form (ICF)
Complete the ICF first and read the notification emails you receive for instructions on how to register.
Change of Schedule Form (SUMMER SEMESTERS ONLY)
Go to MyDrury - scroll down on the right side to Registration Forms. Select the Change of Schedule form for the correct semester. You will register for MGMT 480 or ACCT 480.
The faculty sponsors for all Breech Business School majors are as follows:
Summer 2019: Douglas Fredrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2019: Juan Andres Rodriguez-Nieto at email@example.com.
The faculty sponsor must approve your internship experience as relevant to your major so check in with them during the internship application process.
In addition to the internship experience, there are academic requirements for receiving credit. You will register for MGMT480 or ACCT480, depending on your major, and attend a one hour seated class (fall/spring) or online coursework (summer) as part of the internship credit.
Internship credit cannot be granted retroactively, which means you must be registered for internship credit during the same semester in which your internship is completed.
Breech students register for ACCT 480 or MGMT 480 Professional Business Experience to meet their internship requirement. This is a 3 credit course and is offered for full semesters only: Fall, Spring, and Summer. As an undergrad at Drury, you may complete up to 6 internship credits (usually 2 internships). Special permission may be granted to receive 6 credits for one internship but it requires additional paperwork. See Lisa Tessier at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to register for a second internship.
For 3 college credits, you must work a minimum of 135 hours at the internship site (270 hours for 6 credits). For a typical 3 credit internship, this amounts to about 9 hours/week over a 16 week fall or spring semester or 18 hours/week over the 8 week summer semester. You must complete all hours at one internship site during the semester registered.
Additionally, internships include an academic component that is assigned by your faculty sponsor. This varies depending on the faculty sponsor but may include assignments like outside readings, papers, presentations or journals.
If there is a possibility that your internship will put you in course overload, you must submit a completed and signed Request for Permission to Enroll for an Overload form to the registrar by the first day of the semester.
Rates for internship credit are the same as for all other academic courses during the fall and spring semesters. Contact the business office at email@example.com for the exact cost of summer internship credit.
You will receive a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade on your transcript which will be determined by your faculty sponsor. Grades are based on the work done at the internship site and the academic assignments required by your faculty sponsor. Additionally, failure to complete the minimum number of site hours (see Credit & Tuition) can impact your grade.
For the academic portion of the internship, your faculty sponsor will assign outside work such as readings, journal entries, projects, papers, or reports. Additionally, your site supervisor will be asked to complete a final online performance evaluations of you. These will be forwarded to your faculty sponsor to be factored into your grade.
At the end of the semester, you will be asked to complete a final evaluation of your internship experience. We encourage you to communicate with your faculty sponsor and/or Career Planning & Development throughout the semester with any highlights or concerns.
For questions about internships, contact Lisa Tessier at firstname.lastname@example.org.