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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.

Apply for an Academic Credit Internship

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?

Alvarez Student Success Center

alvarezssc@utsa.edu

Log in to Handshake for internship postings:

The application deadline for Spring 2023 is Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023.

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.

Have you accepted an Internship Offer?

Follow the steps below to begin the academic credit application process.

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. You must also select a faculty supervisor within your major to supervise your internship course. Your faculty supervisor is separate from, and in addition to, your department chair - do not list your department chair as your faculty supervisor on the application.

Please use the college's faculty directory to help you identify a faculty member within your major.

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

Department of Accounting

Department Chair for Application: Sharad Asthana, Ph.D.
Faculty Advisor for Application: You must contact Dr. Elaine Sanders to serve as your faculty supervisor.
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Course: ACC 4933 Internship in Accounting (3 credit hours)
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 of Economics

Department Chair for Application: Samson Alva, Ph.D.
Find a Faculty Supervisor in Economics
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Course: ECO 4933 Internship in Economics (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites:
-12 semester credit hours of upper-division economics
-2.5 UTSA GPA

Department of Finance

Department Chair for Application: Karan Bhanot, Ph.D.
Find a Faculty Supervisor in Finance
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FINANCE
Course: FIN 4933 Internship in Finance (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites:
-MGT 3003
-6 semester credit hours of upper-division finance courses
-2.5 UTSA GPA
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REAL ESTATE FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT
Course: RFD 4923 Internship in Real Estate (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites:
-Declared major in Real Estate Finance and Development
-6 semester credit hours of upper-division real estate or finance courses
-2.5 UTSA GPA

Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security
Department Chair for Application: Nicole Beebe, Ph.D.
Find a Faculty Supervisor in Information Systems and Cyber Security
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APPLIED CYBER ANALYTICS
Course: To be confirmed
Prerequisites:
-To be confirmed
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CYBER SECURITY
Course: IS 4943 Internship in Cyber Security (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites:
-6 semester credit hours of information systems courses (excluding IS 1403 and IS 3003)
-2.5 UTSA GPA
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INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Course: IS 4933 Internship in Information Systems (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites:
-6 semester credit hours of information systems courses (excluding IS 1403 and IS 3003)
-2.5 UTSA GPA

Department of Management

Department Chair for Application: Jonathan Clark, Ph.D.
Find a Faculty Supervisor in Management
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Course: MGT 4933 Internship in Management (3 credit hours)
Prerequisites:
-MGT 3003
-6 semester credit hours of management courses
-2.5 UTSA GPA

Department of Management Science and Statistics

Department Chair for Application: Wenbo Wu, Ph.D.
Find a Faculty Supervisor in Management Science and Statistics
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ACTUARIAL SCIENCE
Course: STA 4933 Internship in Statistics (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA
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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Course: MS 4933 Internship in Management Science (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA
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OPERATIONS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Course: MS 4933 Internship in Management Science (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: 2.5 UTSA GPA
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STATISTICS AND DATA SCIENCE
Course: STA 4933 Internship in Statistics (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: 2.5 UTSA GPA

Department of Marketing
Department Chair for Application: Yinlong (Allen) Zhang, Ph.D.
Find a Faculty Supervisor in Marketing
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MARKETING
Course: MKT 4933 Internship in Marketing (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: MGT 3003 and MKT 3013 with a grade of "C-" or better
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SPORT, ENTERTAINMENT AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT (SET) TRACK
Course: SET 4943 Internship in Sport, Event and Tourism Management (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite: MGT 3003 and MKT 3013 with a grade of "C-" or better

Step 3: Meet with your Academic Advisor

Meet with your academic advisor to determine your eligibility for an academic credit internship, including how the course fits into your degree plan.

Find Advisor

Step 4: Complete the Internship Packet

You must complete steps 1-3 to successfully submit the electronic Internship Packet. If you have successfully completed steps 1-3, you can now submit your application.

The application deadline for Spring 2023 is Wednesday, January 4.

Spring 2023 Online Internship PacketStudent Application Instructions (pdf)

Step 5: Pay Academic Credit Course Tuition and Fees

Your tuition and fees must be paid in full by the published payment deadline for each semester. Please visit the One Stop Enrollment website for more information on the cost of attendance and payment options.

Step 6: 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

For more information on the Academic Credit Internship process:

Please email the Alvarez Student Success Center at AlvarezSSC@utsa.edu

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. The application deadline for Summer 2022 is Friday, May 13 and the application deadline for Fall 2022 is Friday, August 5.

Online Internship PacketStudent Application Instructions (pdf)

Step 5: Pay Academic Credit Course Tuition and Fees

Your tuition and fees must be paid in full by the published payment deadline for each semester. Please visit the One Stop Enrollment website for more information on the cost of attendance and payment options.

Step 6: 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 more information on the Academic Credit Internship process:

Please email the Alvarez Student Success Center at AlvarezSSC@utsa.edu

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