How to begin an internship

  • Talk with your academic advisor about your interest in an internship.
  • Draft a resume and have it reviewed by Career Services.
    • Practice a mock interview with Career Services.
  • Obtain an internship position.
    • Postings of internships are available on our Carson College of Business Facebook page and LinkedIn group.
    • Attend campus career and internship fair events.
  • Find a faculty sponsor to monitor your learning goals and objectives.
  • Submit your completed paperwork to the Carson College of Business for registration before the 10th day of class. When registration is complete you can begin your internship.

Obtaining academic credit

The WSU Vancouver Carson College of Business fully supports academic credit for your internship experience. If you wish to receive academic credit for your internship, check with your faculty advisor about this option before beginning work.

To apply, complete all appropriate paperwork as required by the University for enrollment in this program. You can find forms here or you can visit the Carson College of Business in Classroom Building, Room 308.

Please note: Academic credit at an internship does not count as an elective. If a student works in an internship setting without enrolling for credit, they are considered part-time workers or volunteers. As part-time workers or volunteers, they are considered employees or contractors of the company and are not representing the university in any official capacity. Students cannot register for internship credits online through myWSU.

Here are some things to consider before registering for internship credits:

  • How will the internship fit into your program requirements?
  • Do you have general electives or a major elective where you can apply the internship credit?
  • Do you want the internship to appear on your transcript?
  • Will the internship provide you with career-related experience and assist you in building important skills?
  • Do you have time to do extra assignments required to gain academic credit?

Internship guidelines

An intern must be in good academic standing and have completed at least one semester as a certified Business major.

Please note: Individual Business faculty may have additional criteria to secure their internship supervision.

Students can earn one semester credit for each 50 hours of work related to the internship academic learning objectives of the student. Credit is not given for just work experience. Students can earn no less than 2 credits and cumulatively no more than 15 total internship credits over five semesters.

All internship credits are awarded pass/fail.

Students must register for their Internship by the 10th day of class. No late registrations will be allowed. Students must also register for internship credits with a Supplemental Registration form (PDF).

Choosing an internship sponsor

You have to choose a full-time faculty member to sponsor your Internship and schedule a meeting with that person. The more information you are able to present in this meeting, the better (i.e. name of internship supervisor, location, schedule, time-frame, job description, etc.). Once a Learning Agreement has been made between you and the faculty sponsor (signatures obtained), the Participation Agreement (PDF) signed by all parties, and you have signed the Release of Liability form (PDF), you may register for academic credit (be sure to obtain the proper signatures on the Supplemental Registration form).

Other things to note:

If a student is performing services for a business or organization (regardless of academic credit), then the student should be paid for their work. Any time an employer derives immediate benefit from the activities of the student, the student should be paid. Students are not paid if the internship involves training similar to a vocational school or if the student is job-shadowing. Paid employees (including student interns) are protected by EEO/Affirmative Action laws, as well as most overtime and minimum wage laws.

Schools (as employment recruiters) can be held liable for violations of such laws by the employer. Schools are not allowed to disclose any student information including individual student disabilities to potential employers. States generally prohibit state agencies from entering into Hold Harm/Indemnification agreements with employers. Students cannot sign away their personal rights to sue for unforeseen harm or discrimination. It is also not appropriate for students to sign non-compete agreements with employers.