Getting the most out of your internship course experience

The Tippie business internship course (BUS:3100) helps you get more out of your internship experience through brief, guided activities you complete during your time as an intern. The course is intentionally designed to help you think more deeply about your internship and connect it to your academic interests and help the experience to inform future career decisions. 

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Enrollment and eligibility criteria 
Course documents for BUS:3100 
Steps to register

 

Enrollment and eligibility criteria

After you follow our guide to finding valuable internships, make sure that you meet the following criteria to register for the business internship course (BUS:3100): 

  • Internship must relate to your academic coursework and/or professional goals
  • Job responsibilities are similar to those of entry level employees, with training and participation in projects 
  • Supervision provided by a professional with expertise and an educational or professional background in the field
  • Internship must last for the majority of the academic term in which you are enrolled in BUS:3100
  • You must work at the internship full- or part-time for numerous days each week (10 hours is the absolute minimum)
  • A company representative must provide you with an official offer letter for the position
  • Just like any other University course, you must register for BUS:3100 by the registration deadlines set by the Office of the Registrar for that term

Special circumstances

Remote/virtual internships

remote or virtual internship is one in which you do not go to an actual company office to work. Due to the inherent limitations of remote internships, they generally provide fewer opportunities to collaborate with colleagues, learn about other functional units at the company, and become familiar with the business environment. As a result, the internship coordinator will take particular care to evaluate the educational value of each remote internship to ensure that it offers sufficient learning experiences and professional development. 

International Students

If you will be doing an internship in the U.S., your Visa will require you to gain approval through International Student & Scholar Services for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Please complete the CPT authorization request on your iHawk account, and then meet with an international student advisor to discuss your internship plans. Once you have received approval, then you may follow the registration instructions below.  

Course documents for BUS:3100 

  • BUS:3100 syllabus (sample): Read the syllabus for details about the course components and grading policies.
  • Assignments: completion of the following assignments is required in order to pass BUS:3100. These documents are provided as a reference; the actual assignments will differ slightly.  
    • Internship agreement: At the beginning of the internship, you will outline the details of the internship and set goals as to what knowledge, skills, and experiences you would like to gain from the position
    • Reflection journal: Halfway through the internship you will reflect on your experiences and accomplishments, then identify what improvements and changes you will seek in the remainder of the internship. 
    • Intern evaluation (sample): At the end of the internship you and your supervisor will evaluate and provide feedback about your performance and experience as an intern.

Steps to register for the course

  1. Once you check that you meet all eligibility criteria, collect the following specifics
    These area required in order to complete the enrollment request form. 
    • Start and end dates of the internship
    • Number of hours and which days you will work each week
    • Name and address of employer
    • Name and supervisor's phone and email address
    • Type and amount of compensation
    • Official offer letter from employer -- for details, see Internship Course FAQ
  2. Complete the BUS:3100 Enrollment Request form during the following registration periods
    • Fall registration requests are accepted July 26 -- August 25
      • Requests made August 26 -- September 1 will need special approval from instructor
    • Spring registration requests are accepted December 15 -- January 19
      • Requests made January 20 -- 29 will need special approval from instructor
    • Summer registration
      • 12-week summer session requests are accepted April 15 -- May 14
        • Requests made May 15 -- 29 will need special approval from instructor
        • The 12-week summer session is intended for students who start their internship in April or May.
      • 8-week summer session requests are accepted April 15 -- June 8
        • Requests made June 9 -- 15 will need special approval from instructor
        • The 8-week summer session is only intended for students who start their internship in June. 
  3. You will receive a response to your request within one week of completing the request form
    • If your request is approved, you will be given registration instructions for MyUI. You must enroll prior to the registration deadline for that academic term
    • If a decision cannot be reached based on the form responses or your responses raise concerns, you may be asked to provide additional details 
    • If your request is denied, you will receive an explanation and have the opportunity to make a new request if details of the internship change