The best internship opportunities are typically sought more than 3 to 6 months in advance of the semester beginning the internship. Seeking an internship is similar to seeking a real job, and the competition is just as aggressive as it is within the real job market. Students hold a great deal of responsibility in securing their internship position. Therefore, as a student you must:
- Participate in student organizations, which provide excellent networking opportunities for internships.
- Attend job and internship Career Fairs through UAB Career Services.
- Participate in mock interviews and other services provided by UAB Business Career and Professional Development.
- Make an appointment with your academic advisor to help clarify your career interests before seeking internship opportunities
- Make an appointment with the Internship Coordinator that corresponds to your major.
For appointments, please come prepared to discuss the skills and experiences you seek to develop during an internship, and any research or leads you have pursued for an internship.
Students also obtain internships by alternative means such as:
- Company websites: Many companies post internships only on their own sites.
- Inquiring within your personal network of friends, family, etc. about internship opportunities
- Inquiring with employers directly through student career networking events held by student organizations and UAB Business Career and Professional Development Services.
Be prepared when approaching a company about creating your own internship and be ready to help the company understand the value that each of you would receive. A written proposal outlining your interests and hopes for the role is the best way to get started.
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- The suggested minimum duration of an internship work experience is 12 weeks.
- A suggested minimum of 150 working hours must be completed during the same semester in which the student is seeking to enroll in the internship course.
- Student must register for the internship course that corresponds with the type of work that the student will be performing during the internship.
- Student must successfully complete the course with a passing grade (pass/fail basis).
The internship course is eligible for 3 hours of academic credit, with the exception of the forensic accounting practicum*.
*The Forensic Accounting practicum awards academic credit as follows: 1 hours of academic credit for 80 working hours, 2 hours of credit for 160 working hours, 3 hours of credit for 240 working hours. However, the student’s internship must be approved as a valid forensic accounting experience.
Internship credit cannot be awarded for the following:
- Students performing job duties directly associated with a pre-existing part-time or full-time job
- Internships with companies owned or managed, fully or in part, by family members
- Students cannot be supervised, directly or indirectly, by family members.
- Companies that have student ownership or promises of ownership to the student
- An internship that has previously taken place prior to the semester in which the student will be seeking to enroll in the internship course
The students must complete and submit the following 2 forms to the appropriate Internship Coordinator before the student will be allowed to register for the internship course. Forms must be submitted no later than 3 business days prior to the drop add date for the semester in which the student will be attempting to enroll for the course. Failure to do so will result in the student being denied entry to the course or being administratively withdrawn from the course.
- Internship Course Application - To be filled out by the student only. The student must have earned at least 60 credit hours (junior status) and a 2.5-minimum overall GPA. The student must also meet the pre-requisite course and/or major GPA requirements as listed in the UAB course catalog to be admitted to the internship course.
- Experience Information Sheet – After completing the form with the assistance of their supervisor, both the student and the supervisor must sign it.
Upon approval of denial of the ability to register for the course, the student will be notified by email within 2 business days of the student submitting the forms.
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For additional information, contact the internship coordinator for your desired area.