Internships are an integral part of a business degree at Lourdes University. Our students may experience a wide array of opportunities in every business aspect. When business students graduate from the College of Business and Leadership, they will have valuable experience both on the job and the career process setting them ahead of peers in other institutions that did not benefit from an internship.
College of Business and Leadership students are required to complete an internship through a three credit hour BUS 340 course.
Follow these steps as you prepare for internship opportunities:
- Contact David Burkitt by email at least one semseter prior to the semester of enrollment in BUS 340.
- Review and complete planning document.
Why should I complete an internship?
Internships integrate textbook knowledge with “real world” experiences. Previous and present courses taken by the student will be examined and incorporated in this course depending on the actual work duties being performed by the student. Business 340 is designed to be a unique learning experience for each student.
When am I eligible to register for an internship?
Any student is eligible once they have received a grade of “C” or better in BUS101 – Business Principles. We strongly recommend having attained Junior status and having completed at least two Major core courses.
Are internships paid or unpaid?
The hiring organization determines if an internship will be paid or unpaid. Students can earn compensation as well as academic credit while participating in an internship. The Lourdes COBAL department greatly encourages sponsors to pay interns.
What are the expectations and requirements of BUS 340: Business Internship?
Students must work a minimum of 125 hours at the location of their internship and keep a written log of their hours. Students must submit five journal entries of a minimum of 600 words on a scheduled basis throughout each semester reflecting on their experiences. Additionally, a final pre-recorded video presentation must be submitted expressing their learning experiences during the internship.
How do I locate an internship opportunity?
There are two ways to locate an internship. The main route is to visit the College of Business and Leadership Website and follow the link to College Central, where all opportunities are posted as they are received. Also, check the COBAL website. The secondary route is to seek out a new opportunity directly with a prospective employer, with final approval being granted by the Internship Coordinator.
I feel that I have the professional qualifications to waive the internship requirement. What is needed to waive the internship?
To waive the internship requirement, students must be currently employed full time for at least five years. For at least three of those years, they must be active in leadership, managerial, or administration in a decision-making capacity in one or more of the following areas: accounting, finance, health care administration, human resources management, project management or marketing. Their employment must rely on skills and knowledge from the student’s selected undergraduate program of study. The waiver form can be obtained from the Internship Coordinator after first setting an appointment to discuss the process.