How to begin an internship

  1. Talk with your academic advisor about your interest in an internship.
  2. Schedule a mock interview and draft a resume to have it reviewed by Career Services.
  3. 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.
    • Check out WSU’s official electronic job board, CougLink, for on-campus, off-campus, work study, career and internship opportunities.
  4. Find a faculty sponsor to monitor your learning goals and objectives.
  5. Submit your completed paperwork to the Carson College of Business for registration before the 10th day of class.

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 academic coordinator 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 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?

Choosing an internship faculty sponsor

You need to choose a full-time Carson College of Business faculty member to sponsor your Internship and schedule a meeting with that person before applying for academic credit. 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.).

Your faculty sponsor will need to review and sign your Internship Learning and Participation Agreement, which includes identified internship learning goals and responsibilities for all parties.

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

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.