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George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Internship For Academic Credit

The Internship for Academic Credit Course is a three-credit School of Business Elective* course designed to give students the opportunity to gain practical, professional experience in conjunction with their academic development. The internship must be completed within same academic semester or module schedule in order to receive credit.

*Three credits of a 492 course earned with a C or higher may be applied to a student’s major/concentration credit. If a student completes another three-credit internship with a C or higher those credits will apply as general elective credit only. Only one internship course can be completed per semester.

BUS 492 will only count toward general elective credit, where the concentration specific 492 (ACCT, MGMT, etc.) will count towards the major/concentration credit.

Students cannot register until they receive departmental approval from Career Services.

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Requirements for Internship for Academic Credit

Requirements: 492 Courses

Offered in Spring, Summer, and Fall Semesters.

  • Have a Bachelor of Science status in School of Business
  • Have completed 75 hours of course credit
  • Have a cumulative GPA of a 2.8 or higher
  • Obtain an internship relevant to business (for BUS 492) or concentration (ACCT 492, MGMT 492, etc.)
  • Follow the necessary section requirements (see below)
  • Complete a minimum of 150 hours at their internship site during the course to receive credit
  • Submit an internship application
  • Obtain the employer’s signature on the experiential learning agreement

Section Requirements

  • ACCT 492: Must earn a B- or higher in the 303 or 330 in the major/concentration
  • BUS 492, FNAN 492, MGMT 492, MIS 492 or OSCM 492: Must earn a B- or higher in 303 in the major/concentration
  • MKTG 492: Must earn a C or higher in 303 in the major/concentration
  • BUS 292: Must earn a B- or higher in BUS 103

ISOM majors must receive a B- or higher in MIS 303 and OM 303/OSCM 303

For students who have taken their concentration 303 course in Spring 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021, and have chosen the alternative grading method, please discuss with School of Business Career Services staff.

Requirements: 292 Course

Only offered in the Summer Semester

  • Have a Bachelor of Science status in School of Business
  • Have completed 24 hours of course credit
  • Have a cumulative GPA of a 2.8 or higher
  • Obtain an internship relevant to business
  • Must have completed BUS 103 with a B- or higher
  • Complete a minimum of 150 hours at their internship site during the course to receive credit
  • Submit an internship application
  • Obtain the employer’s signature on the experiential learning agreement

MSA Graduate Requirements for Graduate Field Experience

  • Have a Master of Science in Accounting status in the School of Business
  • Complete a minimum of 150 hours at their internship site to receive three credits
  • Submit an internship application
  • Obtain the employer’s signature on the experiential learning agreement

MSM Graduate Requirement for Professional Development Experience

  • Have a Master of Science in Management status in the School of Business
  • Complete a minimum of 150 hours at their internship site to receive three credits
  • Submit internship application
  • Obtain the employer’s signature on the experiential learning agreement

Application Deadlines

Please note that these deadlines differ from the regular add/drop deadline in order to allow appropriate time for processing and verification. Applicants must have the completed application submitted with their Site Supervisors electronic signature by the deadline.

Undergraduate Deadlines (292 and 492):

Spring 2021: Wednesday, January 27 at 2 p.m.

Summer 2021: Wednesday, May 19 at 2 p.m.

Fall 2021: Wednesday, August 25 at 2 p.m.

MSA Graduate Deadlines (695):

Module 3: Wednesday, January 13 at 2 p.m.

Module 4: Wednesday, March 17 at 2 p.m.

Module 5: Wednesday May 19 at 2 p.m.

MSM Graduate Deadlines (692):

Module 4: Monday, March 1 at 2 p.m.

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Resources:

292 Internship Handout

492 Internship Handout

692 Internship Handout

Sample BUS 492 Syllabus

FAQ:

What do I need to do before I submit my application?

Please review the requirements to participate.

Career Services highly suggests that, before you submit your application, you communicate with your site supervisor that you are submitting an Internship for Academic Credit course application for your internship to avoid delays. To determine if your opportunity qualifies as an internship, please reference NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Internship Position Statementand/or discuss with Career Services staff. Your internship should directly relate to your major/concentration and academic coursework.

If the online form is not accessible for you, please retrieve a paper form at the Office of Career Services, located at Enterprise Hall 042. Please remember to have all appropriate handwritten signatures and attach the job description. Please return your completed paper application to Office of Career Services before the deadline for the semester/module you are applying for.

How does the course work?

The course operates on Blackboard. There is no in-class time, but students communicate regularly with the instructor. This is a course for academic credit, and tuition is charged for enrolling in the course. Additionally, students will need to submit all assignments to be successful. Students will receive a letter grade which will appear on their official transcript and calculate into their cumulative GPA.

Students must be able to complete the internship during the semester they are enrolled, retroactive credit is not granted. The course is available in the fall, spring and summer semesters. For summer internships the course starts in session A and ends in session C.

Timesheet/Required Hours: Students must complete 150 hours at their internship site to receive 3 credits. Students must submit a signed Timesheet to their instructor during the course.

Assignments: Students complete reflective journals submitted on Blackboard. Students completing an internship experience with a federal agency may be required to submit their journals to their agency for review prior to submitting their journals on Blackboard, please review this with your employer and instructor.

Evaluations: A mid and end of the semester evaluation is completed by the internship Site Supervisor, then turned in to the Instructor. The student also reviews and signs the evaluation.

Research Paper/Project: Students complete a research paper/project related to their internship experience and major. Prior to submitting the research paper, the student will submit a research topic for instructor approval.

How do I check the status of my application?

Please call Office of Career Services at 703-993-2140 or email mycareer@gmu.edu.

How do I obtain an Internship?

School of Business Office of Career Services can provide career guidance on how to obtain an internship related to their major/concentration. Students are encouraged to use Handshake and attend networking events to meet with prospective employers.

How do I register for the course?

Student receives Departmental Approval from the Office of Career Services by submitting an application to be approved.

Career Services reviews the application for approval/denial.

If approved, student receives an email through their MasonLive account from Career Services staff with instructions to register for the course.

If denied, student receives an email through their MasonLive account from Career Services.

I have a question not covered here. Who should I ask?

Our staff can answer any additional questions you have about the Internship for Credit courses or application process. Email us at mycareer@gmu.edu or follow this link to book an appointment: https://gmu.campus.eab.com/pal/hmdc6z2-Eq