The School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville gives you an opportunity, and support, to invest in your future with an internship as a requirement to graduate.
As an intern you will gain real-world experience from professionals in your industry. Internships provide experience with hands-on learning and merging academic knowledge with professional skills.
You will also build and enhance your professional network. There are ample opportunities to attend meetings and events that will provide contact with many professionals in your industry. These professionals make good contacts and references for a successful future career.
Internships give knowledge, skills, and contacts that make you more desirable in the job market.
Search for internships on:
- Pioneer Career Network (PCN)
- Summer Affirmative Action Internship Program (SAAIP)
- Company websites
- Government organization websites
To qualify as an internship for credit, a potential job opportunity must:
- Be clearly linked to the student's business administration or accounting education
- Require a university education in the job description or to perform job duties
- Begin after the internship application has been approved
- Require at least 80 hours of work per credit. (240 hours are required for 3 credits)*
- Require at least 20 hours of work per week
- Be a paid position if it is with a for-profit employer. In addition, the job must not be with a business owned or run by a member of the student’s family. The intern must not be supervised by a family member.**
Please see attachment Requirements for Brief Job Description
*Federal/state rules require students using financial aid for internship credits to work additional hours.
**Nor an individual with whom the student has a very close personal relationship.
Applying for an Internship
To apply for an internship, you must:
- Have completed at least 60 credits
- Apply for re-admission if you have not been enrolled at UW-Platteville for one or more semesters
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
- Attend a mandatory internship information meeting. Meetings are offered once per semester and sign-in is required.
If your internship employer does not have a job description that lists your duties, please prepare one, and submit it along with your internship application. Be sure your internship employer (supervisor) has seen and has approved of all the listed duties and tasks before submitting this.
Job Description should include:
- Name of organization
- Job title of internship
- Six to seven specific duties/tasks/responsibilities (what you will do on the job)
- Educational requirements of those tasks
Please do not submit:
- A recruitment ad
- A document that lists the qualifications an intern must have
- The expectations for the intern’s performance
Once you receive an internship offer from the company, you can apply for the internship at UW-Platteville School of Business. The application to the School of Business internship program is in place to ensure you have met all requirements, and that you are prepared and ready for the experience.
Complete the Internship Course
You will be enrolled in a Canvas course upon completing your application. Review material provided in that course, and complete six four-page reflection papers.
- Each paper is due after approximately 40 hours of work.
- Discuss expectations and schedule variations with your internship advisor.
- Review feedback, and rewrite if needed.
Requirements to Pass Internship Course
- Approval of all reflection papers.
- Complete Intern Evaluation Form.
- Submit a professional photo of you at the internship.
- Make sure your employer completes the evaluation of your performance. Employer will automatically receive a link when you complete the evaluation.
Tips for a Successful Internship
- Conduct yourself professionally.
- Stay organized. Keeping track of projects, meetings, and important documents will show your coworkers and superiors that you are a working professional who is ready for a future career.
- Network. Working with professionals in your field will help you in the future by providing contacts and references.
- Take initiative. Take advantage of every opportunity and talk with your supervisor about making the internship coincide with career goals.
- Reflect on your experience. This is a great practice to carry forward into the future. Strengths and weaknesses that you discover can be turned into ways to market yourself.
- Turn the internship into a full-time position, if the fit is good between you and the employer. Though there is no guarantee, many students manage to receive a full-time offer upon graduation.
For more tips on how to make the most of an internship, visit the Career and Professional Development Office.
There are many reasons to hire a University of Wisconsin-Platteville intern. You may gain a potential future employee and get the chance to observe them over time. You can help the next generation of business leaders to apply their classroom learning. Also, interns may have technical or other knowledge that can make them a cutting-edge addition to any team.
Approve job duties that the intern has developed cooperatively with the internship coordinator or provide a list of job duties. The duties must require some college education.
- Provide ongoing, informal feedback to the intern about their work performance.
- Complete a final evaluation of intern's performance using an online employer evaluation form. The intern first submits an internship self-evaluation, then you the employer will receive a message directing you to a link to complete the online evaluation.
- The employer evaluation must be submitted before the student’s internship grade will be processed.
- Employers are strongly encouraged to conduct a face-to-face meeting to explain their evaluation of the intern’s performance to the student intern.
- Perform assigned duties satisfactorily and professionally.
- Comply with all company regulations, health and safety rules, and legal requirements.
- Follow all company policies.
- Comply with all applicable university regulations.
Arranging an internship for an accounting or a business major is easy. For more information, call the UW-Platteville School of Business at 608.342.1660.