Tuesday, August 21, 2012

So you're looking for an Intern?

Looking to get an intern through the W.A. Franke College of Business at NAU? Somebody who knows Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Computer Information Systems, Economics,  or Management?

Here are some things you should know:

The FCB does *not* require students to complete an internship at any point during their career. Students seeking interns do so by their own free will and not to fulfill a requirement imposed on them by the university.

Internships for credit are approved on a case-by-case basis at the college. In order to get an internship approved, you must submit a job description to the college where it will be reviewed. If approved, you may offer credit to students through the FCB. If not – you can still offer the internship, but students will not get credit.

If your business is approved for a for-credit internship, the student must work at least 135 hours over the course of the semester (9 hours/week). They will also be required to submit weekly assignments on the BlackBoardLearn online education system through NAU.

The undergraduate programs available at the FCB include:
Accounting, Business Economics, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Management and Marketing.

Because students are not required to do internships, many will avoid positions that do not pay an hourly wage. This may translate to you having difficulty finding a student to take the internship, regardless of whether credit is offered. To keep students motivated and to ensure you get an intern who wants to work with your business, we recommend offering an hourly wage.

There is a limit to the number of credits a student can take. If they take too many – the university worries they may be overloaded and so discourages students from taking more than 19 credits. Any more than that, and often students will have to sign a waiver stating that they know their course load is unusually large and that they risk failing classes by stretching themselves too thin.

Students can be a *great* resource for your organization! They are learning the latest tricks and techniques in the business environment, they are technologically savvy, and they are open to learning. If you think your business can offer great experience to students, we highly recommend you get in touch with the Franke College of Business and get things started.

Your contact at the Franke College of Business is Michael Goldman.
Phone: (928) 523-1291
Email: fcb-cdo@nau.edu

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