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What is an Academic Credit Internship?

In the Carlos Alvarez College of Business at The University of Texas at San Antonio, an academic internship is a credit-bearing, career-related work experience of limited duration in which a student gains real-world experience while earning credit toward their degree.

Internships may take place in a non-profit organization, a government office or a for-profit business and must include training and supervision from an industry professional.

An academic credit internship requires a student to perform scholarly work in conjunction with an approved internship experience. The academic internship must be supervised by a faculty member, and the scope and nature of the academic work must be defined and approved by the faculty member before the student can register for an academic credit internship.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) defines an internship as a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.

Why get credit for your internship?

  • Gain real world experiences while earning credit toward your degree.
  • Determine if the industry and the profession is the best career option to pursue.
  • Network with professionals in the field.
  • Potential for a full-time job offer at the end of the internship based on your performance.

When should I do an internship?

It’s never too early to do an internship! Academic credit internships may be completed within Fall, Spring or Summer academic terms and must be approved first in order to earn credit.

If you are not eligible to obtain credit at this time, we strongly urge you to complete the internship for the professional experience.

Looking for an internship?

Leticia Garcia

Leticia Garcia
Assistant Director
of Internships

leticia.garcia@utsa.edu

Log in to Handshake for internship postings:

Applications are being accepted for Spring and Summer 2022 internships!

  • Application deadline for Spring 2022 is Friday, Jan. 7, 2022
  • Application deadline for Summer 2022 is Friday, May 13, 2022

An internship is a short-term employment assignment, during the summer or regular school year that is related to your major or career goal. Interns work in a professional setting under the supervision of a practicing professional.

You are encouraged to do multiple internships to get a feel for various companies within an industry. Many internships will offer a competitive pay rate, while others will be unpaid. Evaluate your individual academic and financial situation before accepting an internship offer.

Next Steps

Step 1: Are you eligible?

Must be a declared major in the Carlos Alvarez College of Business and in good academic standing at UTSA and in the college. Review our checklist to see if you meet all the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Checklist (PDF)

International Student? Please contact Director, International Scholar and Student Services, Ashley Wallace (ashley.wallace@utsa.edu or 210.458.8510) before starting the application process.

Step 2: Identify Major Requirements and Faculty Supervisor

Select your program below to review the prerequisites for your major. To help you find a faculty member to supervise your internship course, please use the college's faculty directory.

If you need help drafting an email request to a faculty member, copy our email template, which provides important information for a prospective supervisor.

Actuarial Science

Course: STA 4933
Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA
Department Chair for Application: Mark Leung, Ph.D.

Accounting

Course: ACC 4933
Prerequisites:
-12 semester hours of upper-division accounting courses including ACC 3033
-3.0 UTSA GPA
-3.0 GPA in upper division accounting courses
Department Chair for Application: Sharad Asthana, Ph.D.

Economics

Course: ECO 4933
Prerequisites:
-12 semester credit hours of upper-division economics
-2.5 UTSA GPA
Department Chair for Application: Edgar Ghossoub, Ph.D.

Finance

Course: FIN 4933
Prerequisites:
-MGT 3003
-6 semester credit hours of upper-division finance courses
-2.5 UTSA GPA
Department Chair for Application: Karan Bhanot, Ph.D.

Information Systems/Cyber Security

Information Systems Course: IS 4933
Cyber Security Course: IS 4943
Prerequisites:
-6 hours of upper-division information systems courses, excluding IS 1403 and IS 3003
-2.5 UTSA GPA
Department Chair for Application: Nicole Beebe, Ph.D.
Management

Course: MGT 4933
Prerequisites:
-MGT 3003 with at least a C
-6 hours of upper division management courses
-2.5 UTSA GPA
Department Chair for Application: Consuelo Ramirez, Ph.D.


Management Science

Course: MS 4933
Prerequisite: 2.5 UTSA GPA
Department Chair for Application: Mark Leung, Ph.D.

Marketing

Course: MKT 4933
Prerequisites:
-MGT 3003; MKT 1303 with at least a C
-6 hours of upper division MKT courses
-2.5 UTSA GPA
Department Chair for Application: Thomas F. Cannon, J.D.

Real Estate Finance and Development

Course: FIN 4933
Prerequisites:
-Declared major in Real Estate Finance and Development
-6 hours of upper division RFD courses
-2.5 UTSA GPA
Department Chair for Application: Karan Bhanot, Ph.D.

Statistics

Course: STA 4933
Prerequisite:
2.5 GPA
Department Chair for Application: Mark Leung, Ph.D.

Step 3: Meet with your Academic Advisor

Meet with your academic advisor to determine your eligibility for an academic credit internship.

Find Advisor

Step 4: Complete the Internship Packet

You must complete steps 1-3 to successfully complete the electronic Carlos Alvarez College of Business Internship Packet.

Online Internship Packet

Step 5: Reflect and Report

Once you have completed your internship, we would like for you to take a moment and reflect on your experience and report your internship on Handshake.

Report Your Internship

Erica ClarkFor more information on the Academic Credit Internship process:
Contact Assistant Director of Experiential Learning, Erica Clark (erica.clark@utsa.edu) to learn more.

Internships for graduate students are extremely important and quite common, especially for students who do not intend to pursue a Ph.D. following completion of a master’s degree. The stakes are high; graduate internships are where graduate students can make important networking connections, secure mentoring relationships with senior-level executives and further increase the practical knowledge they will need to enter their desired field.

Organizations that work with interns at the graduate level will offer a more robust experience, beyond the undergraduate level, to keep graduate students challenged and engaged.

What organizations look for in a graduate-level intern:

• Trustworthy
• Innovative
• Resourceful
• Take on opportunities
• Work under tight deadlines

Next Steps

Step 1: Are you eligible?

Must be a declared major in the Carlos Alvarez College of Business and in good academic standing at UTSA and in the college. Review our checklist to see if you meet all the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Checklist (PDF)

International Student? Please contact Director, International Scholar and Student Services, Ashley Wallace (ashley.wallace@utsa.edu or 210.458.8510) before starting the application process.

Step 2: Meet with your Academic Advisor

Meet with your academic advisor to determine your eligibility for an academic credit internship.

Find Advisor

Step 3: Identify Major Requirements and Coordinator

Select your program below to connect with your Program Internship Coordinator. Your coordinator can help you to identify a faculty member to supervise your course progress.

MBA

M.S. Business

M.S. Data Analytics

M.S. Finance

M.S. Finance, Real Estate Finance and Development Concentration
M.A. Economics

M.S. Management of Technology

MACY and 150-hour

M.S. Information Technology (and Cyber Security Concentration)

M.S. Statistics and Data Science

Step 4: Complete the Internship Packet

You must complete steps 1-3 to successfully complete the electronic Carlos Alvarez College of Business Internship Packet.

Online Internship Packet

Step 5: Reflect and Report

Once you have completed your internship, we would like for you to take a moment and reflect on your experience and report your internship.

Report Your Internship

For Career and Graduate Coaching
Contact Assistant Director of Career Development, Danielle Gawronski (danielle.gawronski@utsa.edu) to learn more.

Instructions for Academic Credit Internship DocuSign Process

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