Business Internships

Internships in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business

One of the most important elements that prepares students for life after college is gaining practical work experience related to career or occupational goals.  These experiences are often called internships – a more technical definition is:

Internship /ˈinˌtərnˌSHip /noun

The position of a student or trainee who works in an organization in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification.

For credit internships in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business are:

  • Formal
  • Educational
  • Focused on learning objectives and skills development
  • Documented
  • Paid
  • Are a single semester

General Requirements for Internships in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business

First, most majors in the College do not have a required internship.  So students who obtain an internship and are interested in just gaining experience without registering for a class can do so at any time.  There are no additional requirements.

Students in Professional Selling, Aviation Logistics, Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Operations and Supply Chain management have required internships. For these majors and students in any other major who desire credit – that is registering for course credit – must meet the following general requirements:

  • Have a declared major (hyperlink to Declared Majors below)
  • Obtain a minimum GPA (hyperlink to GPA Requirement below)
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 hours of 3000 or above level courses in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business (hyperlink to Hours below)
    • Complete any required prerequisite courses
  • Have a paid internship
  • Have an internship with a job description that matches the student’s major
  • Have a supervised internship

Declared Majors

All students requesting credit must have a declared major on-file with the UNT Office of the Registrar.  Graduate students are required to have a plan of study on-file.

GPA Requirement

For most majors in the Brint Ryan College of Business the minimum GPA for for-credit internships is 2.7.  Exceptions:

-All Logistics majors have a minimum GPA of 2.5

-Accounting majors have a minimum GPA of 3.0

-Graduate students have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Hours

In most cases students will only need to have completed and passed at least 12 hours of courses at the 3000 level or higher. Exceptions:

-Logistics majors must complete LSCM 3960

-Accounting students have a range of courses that they need to have completed and should consult with the faculty advisor for Accounting

-Graduate students must complete at least 6 hours of graduate level courses

Obtaining an Internship

An internship search is almost exactly like a job search. The Career Resource Center in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business uses Handshake as a primary resource for job searches but using Handshake to acquire an internship is not required.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Start Early – as you are approaching the 12 hours of 3000+ business courses
  • Apply for a lot of internships in your field
  • Attend career and job fairs
  • Network

Remember the Career Resource Center is here to assist students with their internship search.

After Obtaining the Internship

Students requesting credit for an internship need to create an experience request in Handshake.  Once the request is in the system, it will be evaluated to make sure the student meets the qualifications of a for-credit internship. At the end of the approval process the student will be notified that they are clear to register for the appropriate course.

Overview of Internships in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business

Questions:  Contact the Career Resource Center in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business