Business Students discuss internship experiences
Regardless of your business major, an internship (or several!) is the best way for you to gain practical experience to build on what you’re learning in class. It’s also a great way to start developing your business network, which is vital in reaching your career goals!
Depending upon your need and current academic standing, there are two, for-credit types of internships: 1) Business Department credit, BNSS 487; OR 2) Linfield credit through the Career Center, IDST 287. You may apply for and complete up to two internships that apply towards your graduation credits. Of course, you can always do an internship on your own whether you apply for credit or not!
Business Department – BNSS 487 Internship
You’ll need to consider three important requirements to gain business internship credit before you start your internship. To successfully enroll in BNSS 487 Internship — which may be taken for 2 to 5 credits you must:
- Be a Junior or Senior with at least 12 business department credits completed or in progress
- Have a 3.0 GPA or higher in business major courses
- Have approval of your academic advisor and the Internship Coordinator before you begin your internship; internships are not approved retroactively (Please note: internships cannot be taken with an individual who is related to you; that is a conflict of interest).
If you can check off all of the above, stop by the Business Department office in T.J. Day Hall and pick up an internship package or download and print a copy.
Career Center – IDST 287 Elective Internship
Another type of internship is IDST 287, offered through the Office of Career Development . This internship is available to all Linfield students. Contact the Career Development office for requirements and additional information.
Where to find internships and job opportunities
One place to start is at Linfield’s Career Development. This team offers a number of career-preparation classes, personal advising and lots of great resources. So visit them online and in person. Also, through Career Services many Linfield alumni make themselves available for networking.
As a Wildcat (current student or alumni) your Linfield login gives you access to Cat Connect where you’ll find a variety of listings for internships and jobs.
Additionally, check the bulletin board across the hall from the Business Department office where we post internships and jobs that may not be available elsewhere.
Dr. Michelle Nelson, Internship Coordinator