Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about internship courses

Find answers to frequently asked questions about internship courses, internship eligibility, and internship course registration.

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General course questions
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    General course questions

    What internship course options are available to satisfy Tippie RISE?

    Internship courses range from 0-3 semester hours and are offered either by the Tippie College of Business or the Pomerantz Career Center. Most students choose BUS:3100 (0 semester hours) or CCP:1201 (1-3 s.h.). We encourage you to learn the details of all of the internship course options before choosing one. 

    Why do I have to take an internship course to satisfy Tippie RISE?

    Tippie College of Business requires an internship course to ensure that students are engaging in meaningful professional experiences and that they are attaining the desired learning outcomes for Tippie RISE. Each internship course approved for Tippie RISE is designed to help interns get more out of their internship experience by doing complementary academic work. 

    Why do I have to do an internship course to earn semester hours?

    The Tippie College of Business can only award academic semester hours for academic work, not for work experience alone. Internship courses are actual academic courses; if the course is 1-3 semester hours, you are earning the hours for the academic work of the course, not for the time spent in the internship.

    Why do I have to do homework for a zero semester hour internship class?

    Just because a course is 0 semester hours doesn't mean there is no work associated with it. In order to meet the learning objectives of Tippie RISE, all approved internship courses require at least a few meaningful assignments. Because the class work for BUS:3100 should take no more than 3 hours total throughout the entire semester, it is not enough to earn a semester hour; for that reason, you are not required to pay any tuition either.

    How do I find an internship?

    Most students start by looking at the postings in Hireahawk.com and asking family, friends, and others in their network about internship opportunities. We also recommend that you use the variety of resources provided by the Pomerantz Career Center such as attending the job and internship fairs and meeting with career advisors.

    Will you find an internship for me once I register for the course?

    No, you will need to find an internship prior to registering for the internship course. We recommend that you look for internships online at Hireahawk.com and other online job posting sites and that you ask family, friends, and professional acquaintances for leads. 

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    Internship eligibility questions

    How do I know if my internship counts for Tippie RISE?

    In order to satisfy the internship category of Tippie RISE, you need to complete an approved internship course during the same academic term. Criteria differ somewhat for each internship course, so it is important to first determine which course you would like to take. The requirements that the courses have in common are: internship lasts for the majority of the academic term, no less than 10 hours of work per week, supervision from a professional at the company, related to major or desired career, job responsiblities are primarily professional in nature. Please visit our internship course options page to find out more about each course and the registration requirements.  

    I am starting or have launched my own company. Does this count as an internship?

    This could definitely be a valuable professional experience, but would not meet the criteria of an internship. In order to achieve the desired learning outcomes of Tippie RISE, internships include supervision from an experienced professional at an established company or organization.

    Can my job or volunteer experience count as an internship for Tippie RISE?

    Possibly, both jobs and volunteering can provide valuable experience, but many lack the professional development components in an internship (see side by side comparison in table below). If your job or volunteer position has some of the aspects of an internship, you may be able to work with your supervisor to add the missing components. For guidance on doing this, please contact the Pomerantz Career Center or Colleen Opal. If you are able to make the necessary changes, then the next step is to register for an approved internship course to take concurrently with the job or volunteer position.

    Internship

    Volunteering

    Short term/student job

    Job responsibilities are primarily professional in nature, much like an entry level staff member

    Position consists of many simple responsibilities

    Assigned work is task oriented based on employer demand

    Relates to intern’s area of study

    May or may not relate to volunteer’s area of study

    May or may not relate to employee’s area of study

    Intern sets learning goals for job

    Volunteer does not set learning goals for role

    In short term or student jobs, it is not common to set learning goals

    Intern is supervised and mentored by professional at company

    Volunteer is given tasks by staff, but no direct supervisor

    Employee is assigned tasks by a supervisor

    Intern receives training to develop job skills for current and future positions 

    Volunteer receives as needed training for specific job tasks

    Employee receives as needed training for specific job tasks

    Intern receives regular feedback to improve performance and develop professionally

    Volunteer may receive occassional feedback on specific tasks

    Employee receives feedback in order to better meet job expectations

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    Course registration questions

    Do I sign up for the course first or find an internship first?

    You will need to secure an internship before you will be able to register for an internship course. However, we do recommend that you look at your internship course options ahead of time so you are aware of the differences.

    Can I sign up for the fall/spring BUS:3100 internship class after the semester has started?

    Ideally, you would begin the class and the internship at the start of the same semester; however, we understand that for a variety of reasons, you may not be ready to register before the semester starts. Therefore, as long as the internship meets the eligibility requirements, you will still be permitted to register during the first week of classes on your MyUI account and during the second week of classes with instructor approval. Please see the University academic calendar for all pertinent registration deadlines.

    Can I sign up for the summer BUS:3100 internship class after the summer session has started?

    Ideally, you would begin the class and the internship at the start of the same summer session; however, we understand that for a variety of reasons, you may not be ready to register before that particular session starts. Therefore, as long as the internship meets the eligibility requirements, you may be able to get permission from the instructor to register during the first week of the session. Please see the University academic calendar for all pertinent registration deadlines.

    What are the criteria for registering for an internship course?

    Criteria differ somewhat for each internship course, so it is important to first determine which course you would like to take. The requirements that the courses have in common are: internship lasts for the majority of the academic term, no less than 10 hours of work per week, supervision from a professional at the company, related to major or desired career, job responsiblities are primarily professional in nature. Please visit our internship course options page to find out more about each course and the registration requirements.  

    I have an internship, now how do I register for an internship class?

    You must follow the registration instructions provided in the course description on MyUI or the course website. See the internship course options page for more details.  

    What is an official job offer letter?

    This is a letter provided from an employer stating the details and conditions of a job offer. It generally includes basic details about the internship such as the title of the position, approximate start and end date, work schedule, compensation, and instructions for any steps you need to take prior to the start of the internship. Some small businesses or companies with new internship programs may offer an internship verbally or through email; in that case, we advise you to ask the employer for an official offer letter, so that you can confirm that it matches your expectations of the position and in the event that any details of the offer are questioned at a later time. Although it may seem unlikely that a job offer is later disputed, if the employee who hired you leaves the company, there may not be a record of the job offered to you.    

    Why do I need to do the internship and internship course during the same semester?

    Internship courses are designed to complement the experiences you have during the internship and therefore the two must be completed simultaneously. The course assignments are designed to help you get more out of your internship experience. To accomplish this, the assignments must be completed at specific key points during the internship and would not provide the intended benefit if they were completed after the semester.

    Why can’t I register for the course after the internship is over?

    Tippie College of Business and the Pomerantz Career Center require that internships occur in the same semester as the internship course. Also, just like other academic courses, they cannot be added retroactively.

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