Getting the most out of your internship experience
The Tippie business internship course (BUS:3100) helps you get more out of your internship experience through brief, guided activities you complete online during your time as an intern. The course is intentionally designed to help you think more deeply about your internship and connect it to your academic interests and help the experience to inform future career decisions.
In order to be approved to register for the business internship course (BUS:3100), you must meet the following criteria:
- Internship should follow the guidelines outlined in Tippie's internship guide, including:
- Position is clearly defined and related to your academic coursework and/or professional goals
- Supervised by a professional with expertise and an educational or professional background in the field
- Main job responsibilities are similar to those of entry level employees with a bachelor's degree; the majority of tasks should require critical thinking and complex problem solving
- The following types of positions typically do not qualify: retail associate, teller/cashier, independent contractor, brand ambassador, ticket sales, or data entry
- Internship must last for the majority of the academic term in which you are enrolled in BUS:3100
- You must work at the internship numerous days each week, but the position can be part-time or full-time
- A company representative must provide you with an official offer letter for the position
A remote or virtual internship is one in which you do not go to an actual company office to work. Due to the nature of these positions, they generally provide fewer opportunities to collaborate with colleagues, learn about other units at the company, and become familiar with the professional environment. To evaluate the quality of these internships, the Tippie internship coordinator will require you to meet to discuss the internship in person.
If you are an international student who will be doing an internship in the U.S., your Visa will require you to gain approval through International Student & Scholar Services for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Please complete the CPT authorization request on your iHawk account, and then discuss your plans with an international student advisor.
Steps to register for the course
1. Once you check that you meet all eligibility criteria, collect the following details
- Start and end dates of the internship
- Number of hours and which days you will work each week
- Name and address of employer
- Supervisor's name, phone number, and email address
- Type and amount of compensation
- Official offer letter from employer -- for explanation, see Internship Course FAQ
2. Complete the BUS:3100:0EXW Enrollment Request form using the appropriate link below:
Summer 2022 registration
- Requests for summer enrollment are no longer being accepted.
- Class started June 13, 2022.
- If you feel you have extenuating circumstances, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Requests for fall enrollment (BUS:3100:0001) are now being accepted using the request form link above.
- Enrollment requests received after August 19, 2022, will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the course instructor.
- Classes start August 22, 2022.
3. Response to your request
- You will receive a response within one week of submitting the enrollment request form.
- If your request is approved, you will be given registration instructions for MyUI. You must enroll prior to the registration deadline for that academic term.
- If a decision cannot be reached based on the form responses or your responses raise concerns, you may be asked to provide additional details.
- If your request is denied, you will receive an explanation and have the opportunity to make a new request if details of the internship change.
Course documents for BUS:3100
- BUS:3100 syllabus (sample): Read the syllabus for details about the course components and grading policies.
- Assignments: completion of the following assignments is required in order to pass BUS:3100. These documents are provided as a reference; the actual assignments will differ slightly.
- Internship learning plan: At the beginning of the internship course, you will identify what knowledge, skills, and experiences you would like to gain and intended strategies to meet those goals.
- Reflection journal: Halfway through the internship you will reflect on your experiences and accomplishments, then identify what improvements and changes you will seek in the remainder of the internship.
- Intern assessments: At the end of the internship you and your supervisor will assess and provide feedback about your performance and experience as an intern.
Institute for International Business (IIB) - African Business Innovation Internship
Gain first-hand knowledge of the business environment in Sub-Saharan Africa. Network with international business professionals. Acquire and practice the skills of cross-cultural competency and global mindsets. Recognize some of the contemporary macro business issues of globalization. Students can experience all of this and more by participating in this exciting opportunity.
Each student accepted to this program will be assigned to work as a virtual intern at a company owned by a UI Mandela Washington Fellow. Upon being selected, students will be matched by IIB to the Fellow's company based on overlapping interests, in particular industrial sectors or business focus areas, and will have the following responsibilities:
- Provide Fellows and their affiliated companies/institutions with ongoing support in areas such as conducting and interpreting results of customer discovery, defining business models, developing a marketing plan, creating professional networks and social media profiles and plans, conducting market research, building financial models, designing HR procedures, and more.
- Work as a consultant to the chosen company on a particular project under the mentorship of the instructor. This experience has its own section of BUS:3100 (0EXV), for which all undergraduate student interns must register.
- Tippie students receive preference but others will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- Students must be juniors or seniors by the fall semester following the summer internship.
- Interns should expect to work an average of 15 hours per week.
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