Careers and Advisors
College of Business Internship Program
Internships offer a great opportunity to learn by doing!
Internships provide a chance to:
- Explore career directions
- Bring meaning to classroom learning
- Acquire new skills
- Earn credit or financial compensation (or both!)
- Make an impact in the real world
- Establish career networks or mentors
- Learn about yourself and your skills.
Most interns report internships as a highlight of their academic experience. Many even complete more than one internship!
What is an Internship?
Internships are defined as:
- Paid or unpaid work in a professional business setting, related to the student's major and interests, taking place during the academic semester or summer.
- Students may receive academic credit by permission number (see "How do I receive academic credit?").
How do I find an internship?
- Meet with the College of Business Internship Coordinator to develop a strategy for identifying and applying for potential internships. For office hours and appointment times, email Lynne Finnegan: www.cba.uri.edu/hermes
URI College of Business Administration
Room 315 Ballentine
- Login to URI's online Internship/job search database, RhodyNet, for access to internships.
To Log onto RhodyNet:
- Go to Career Services main webpage: http://career.uri.edu. Click on the RhodyNet icon "Students."
- New Users: Enter your 9 digit URI student ID number as your username and "rams" as the password. Returning Users: Enter your customized user name and password.
- Complete your profile, create a personalized, case-sensitive username and password, and click "Register."
- Access the following websites and resources:
- Create your own internship! Many of the best internships are found through your "network" of family, friends, classmates, faculty, former employers, and others. br>
- Attend URI Sponsored Events: Job Fairs, Alumni Career Day, Accounting Night. Check the CBA and Career Services website calendars frequently! br>
How do I get academic credit, through the College of Business, for my Internship?
A. Do I qualify for academic credit towards my internship?
- If you choose to receive academic credit towards your internship, you must meet the following qualifications:
- 2.75 GPA or higher
- 3 Liberal Elective credits available
- 6 Liberal or Professional Elective credits available (Global Business and General Business majors only)
- Minimum of 75 credits completed prior to taking an internship for credit
- Must be a College of Business Administration MAJOR in good academic and social standing (note: if you are NOT a College of Business major looking for academic credit towards your internship, contact the Office Of Experiential Education (OIEE) http://www.uri.edu/internships/
- Internship must be considered a learning experience related to a student's academic major or career interests
B. What are the work requirements for academic credit?
- Internships run during the academic year and during the summer session 1 & 2
- Fall internship dates: September - December
- Spring internship dates: January - April
- Summer internship dates: May - July (summer session 1 & 2 combined)
- Work hours required per week are as follows:
- Fall and Spring
- 10 hours per week or 100 hours during the semester for 3 credits
- 20 hours per week or 200 hours during the semester for 6 credits
- 15 hours per week or 150 hours during the summer for 3 credits
- 30 hours per week or 300 hours during the semester for 6 credits
C. Is there a course that I take along with my internship?
- CBA students enroll in BUS 493, an online internship seminar course taken concurrently with the internship.
- Enrollment in BUS 493 is by College of Business Internship Coordinator approval only.
- Seminar focuses on the intern's learning experience as well as professional and career development. Course workload is the equivalent of a Liberal elective course offered outside the College of Business.
- Grading for BUS 493 is Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
D. How do I register for the BUS 493 course and obtain the academic credit for my internship?
- Complete the Internship Information Form
- Obtain an internship job description signed by your internship supervisor
- Schedule a 5-10 minute meeting with Lynne Finnegan, Internship Coordinator to review forms and eligibility criteria.
- If a permission number is granted, it will be emailed to you with registration information for BUS 493, the internship seminar course
E. Do I pay extra fees for taking an internship for academic credit?
- Fall and Spring Semesters: Cost for College of Business internship credit is the same as class tuition
- Summer Session: Cost for College of Business internship credit is per credit summer course rate (instate/out-of-state)
F. Do I need to do an internship for academic credit in order to graduate?
- You may do an internship without receiving academic credit. Doing an internship for academic credit is highly recommended, but it is NOT a graduation requirement.
Credit or not? Paid or unpaid? What should I consider?
- Explore all of your options before reaching a decision regarding the type of internship best suited to your needs. Some of the best internships are not paid but may provide a wonderful experience. Others may offer a small stipend or an hourly wage.
- You may get paid and receive academic credit at the same time.
Do I need to do my internship in Rhode Island?
No! While there are many excellent opportunities in Rhode Island, there are other possibilities in New York, New Jersey, all over the United States and even internationally.
- International internships can be difficult to locate and may involve program participation and significant costs. To find more information contact: URI Study Abroad Office
- Excellent internships throughout most of the United States can be found using internet resources, your own contacts, and alumni connections through events such as CBA's Alumni Career Day. The trick is to get started on this broader search early - usually starting in the fall before the summer you wish to intern.
What do I need to do to prepare before I look for an internship?
- Write a resume and have it reviewed by a professional:
- Kathleen Jackson, CBA Career Advisor, Room 319, Ballentine
- Lynne Finnegan, Internship Coordinator, Room 315, Ballentine
- Career Services, 2nd Floor Roosevelt Hall, http://career.uri.edu.
- Write a cover letter and have it reviewed (see list above)
- A cover letter should accompany a resume whenever you send it via email, fax or post. You do not need a cover letter if you are meeting someone in person about a job/internship.
- Send your resume and cover letter to the contact person listed for the internship/job in one of the following ways:
- Email - is most common. Attach your resume and cover letter as PDF documents. Make sure you write a short note, as email text, indicating the position you are applying for and referencing your resume/cover letter as attachments.
- Online application (you may be required to apply online in addition to sending an email depending on the organization). Make sure you follow application instructions carefully.
- Fax or snail mail (only occasionally used).
- Follow-up after sending your resume/cover letter if you do not hear back within one week. You may follow up via email or telephone.
- Avoid getting discouraged. Finding an internship is like conducting a mini job search. It often takes time and hard work.
Where have URI students done internships?
Just to name a few ...
- Fidelity Investments
- Washington Trust Bank
- New England Patriots
- URI Athletics
- International Tennis Hall of Fame
- Northwestern Mutual
- Atrion Networking Company
- FM Global
- Merrill Lynch
- The Ryan Center
Tell us about your internship