What is an Internship? An internship is a chance for students to learn new skills, explore career interests, develop relationships with potential employers and meet new social and intellectual challenges.
How to Find an Internship
The best internship opportunities are typically sought more than three to six 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:
- Make an appointment with your academic advisor to help clarify your career interests before seeking an internship.
- Participate in student organizations opens a new website, which provide excellent networking opportunities for internships.
- Participate in mock interviews and other services provided by Collat Career Center.
- Upload your resume to Handshake opens a new website.
- 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.
Internship opportunities offered through the Collat School of Business are posted on Handshake opens a new website. To apply for these internships, you must have a completed profile and resume uploaded to Handshake.
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 opens a new website, the UAB Career Center opens a new website, and the Collat Career Center.
- Interested in starting your own business? You might find the perfect internship through the UAB Academic Small Business Alliance opens a new website.
Internship Requirements for Obtaining Academic Credit
- BUS 305 (Professional Development for Today's Workplace) or AC 305 (Professional Development in Accountancy) is a prerequisite for the internship.
- Approval must be obtained from the internship coordinator prior to the internship.
- A minimum of 50 working hours for each credit hour must be completed.
- Student must register for internship course that corresponds with the course prefix related to the discipline.
- Student must successfully complete the course with a passing grade (pass/fail basis).
The internship course is eligible for 3 hours of academic credit.
Registering for the Internship Course
Students must complete and submit the following two forms to the appropriate Internship Coordinator. Forms must be submitted no later than three business days prior to the drop add date for the semester in which the student will be attempting to enroll for the course. Approval must be received from the internship coordinator before the student will be allowed to register for the internship 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 (fillable form is not supported in Firefox) – To be filled out by the student only. The student must have earned at least 60 credit hours (junior status) and a 2.0-minimum overall GPA. The student must also meet the prerequisite course and/or major GPA requirements as listed in the UAB course catalog opens a new website to be admitted to the internship course.
- Position Description Agreement – After completing the form with the assistance of their supervisor, both the student and the supervisor must sign the completed form before returning to the appropriate internship coordinator.
For additional information, contact the internship coordinator listed below for your desired area.
Internship Coordinator, Marketing & Economics; Director, CSL; ProfessorJohn Hansen205-996-2069CSB 277Internship Coordinator: Accounting; InstructorEddie Nabors MAc205-934-8894CSB 333Internship Coordinator: Industrial Distribution; InstructorRush Neil MBA, MIBS205-996-4406CSB 252Internship Coordinator: Management, HR Management, Information Systems; InstructorPeter Pfluger MBA205-934-8816CSB 375Finance Internship Coordinator; InstructorDaniel Sanabria MBAInternship Coordinator, Finance205-934-8864CSB 310