Work Experience



There are two work experience courses: BUS 399 and BUS 295. Read below to understand the difference. Work Experience requires the approval of the Internship Director.


Work Experience: 
BUS 295





Work Experience of any kind is valuable for an individual starting their professional career. BUS 295 allows credit and documentation of such experiences. Credits count as non-business electives and have utility to students when they desire several units in addition to the academic course load they have for a given semester. There is no limit on the number of units that may be used for BUS 295. 

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Advanced Work Experience: BUS 399












Advanced work experience is designed for working students who currently hold a full-time position at an advanced placement level of an organization, have been employed by the organization for at least four years, are compensated commensurate with their advanced placement, and furthermore will not leave the position upon graduation.

It is NOT designed for working students who simply desire not to change employers to earn internship credit. For these students, they should plan their internship for their last semester at the University, and attempt to land an internship which will lead to permanent employment upon graduation.

One criterion used in determining the appropriateness of BUS 399 is the level of compensation. Advanced Work Experience may be used as one of the five classes required for any given concentration, except accounting. 

A work experience paper is required. See guidelines below. See the Internship Director to apply. 

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Guidelines for Writing Your Internship/Work Experience/Corporate Sponsored Training Paper

The required paper for the internship experience (BUS 499/BUS 399) is a 5-page paper. The required paper for work experience (Corporate Sponsored Training/BUS 295/BUS 290) is a 2-page paper.

Your paper should be a "reflection" paper which broadly describes your internship or work experience. The following components would be appropriate: (1) A brief description of the business, (2) a discussion of your duties and what you learned. What you learned would include your reflections on not only the skills you have acquired, but also reflections on management, either because of practices you found desirable, or practices you found not particularly desirable. Where possible, attempt to relate this to your classroom experience. Comment on whether your university education was in any way relevant to your work experience as an intern. Also, perhaps you will develop insights regarding political behavior within organizations. You need not cover the above list exhaustively. It is meant to be suggestive of things that might be covered in your paper.

Submit your paper per instructions on the course contract.