Internship Program

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Internship opportunities come from local companies, alumni, and partners of the School of Business and Economics, all of whom want to work with SSU students. Many internships accept students continuously so check any posting that looks interesting. We are committed to expanding and improving both the number of internships we jointly sponsor and the quality of our efforts. The SBE also offers Work Experience opportunities for students. Learn more about Work Experience options

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) Career Center works to systematically:

  1. Develop internship opportunities for our students.
  2. Develop close relationships with organizations sponsoring internships.
  3. Track the outcome of internship experiences from the point of view of the intern and the sponsoring organization.

 

kyuho_lee Internships require the prior approval of the CPE Director, Dr. Karen Thompson. This means students must attend an information session prior to applying for an internship AND all internships must be approved before their start date.

 

Fall 2021 Information Sessions
Date Time Location
Tuesday, August 24 12:00 p.m. On Zoom
Wednesday, August 25 12:00 p.m. On Zoom

 

Contact Dr. Karen Thompson at thompska@sonoma.edu

See Internship Listings

Internship: BUS 499

The typical intern works ten to twenty hours per week. Forty-five hours of work are required per unit of credit.

Internships may be used as one of the five classes required for any given concentration, except accounting. Accounting students, however, very frequently do an internship because of their inherent value. All internships are designed in a fashion that requires payment under state and federal wage and hour laws.

Internships may not be done where students have already been employed.

Internships are appropriate for advanced undergraduate or graduate students working in fields that relate directly to their career or academic interests. Students should have completed two courses in their concentration prior to seeking an internship. A waiver of this requirement requires extraordinary circumstances.

Criteria used in approving internships:

  • Internships must be paid.
  • There must be a clear and specified relationship to an academic program.
  • Placement must be at a professional level of responsibility appropriate for university credit. This does not imply that interns do not do routine work.
  • Internship credit is not appropriate in an organization where a student is already employed.
  • Internships involving a potential conflict of interests are not appropriate. Working in a small family business would be an example of such a potential conflict.
  • Internships require prior approval of the Internship Director.

Four units maximum may be applied to the major in Business Administration. More than four units may be earned; however, units exceeding four are elective units and may apply toward the overall unit total needed for a degree. An internship paper is required. See guidelines below. See the Internship Director to Apply. 

Download the Internship Contract

Tips for Finding a Great Internship:

  • View internships on the SBE Internships Google Drive.
  • Search for internships on Handshake often, as new positions are added regularly.
  • Explore internships in other Business concentrations. They might give you valuable insight into a different field that you would enjoy.
  • If you're interested in an internship with a company not listed on Handshake, go to the company's website and use the internal search function to search for careers, jobs, or internships.

Once you've found and agreed on your internship, fill out the Internship Agreement, print it and take it to the sponsoring employer for signatures when an offer of an internship is made. Then, you can bring the form to Dr. Karen Thompson. (Economics students see Dr. Chong-Uk Kim for department approval.)

If you have any questions about internships, please email Dr. Karen Thompson.

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 299/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.