Students: Frequently Asked Questions

What is an internship?

  • An internship is a work experience relevant to your chosen major.
  • It has the duration of one semester and at successful conclusion of the internship, you will receive 3 hours of academic credit towards your degree.

 Why should I participate in an internship?

  • Although you will be obtaining a valuable degree from Midwestern State University, experience will give you a competitive edge in finding a job in your chosen field.  It is a must to have relevant work experience before you graduate.
  • Internships give you the opportunity to network with quality employers in the local community and beyond.
  • An internship helps build your resume by providing learning experience potential employers demand.

 Will the 3 hours of academic credit apply to my degree plan for graduation?

  • Most degree plans in the Dillard College of Business provide for one internship opportunity to apply toward your required hours for graduation.
  • In some instances, you may be allowed an additional internship (3 academic hours) that would fulfill your required hours for graduation.

 Will I get paid for the internship?

  • Although the primary purpose of the internship program is to give a student relevant business experience in his or her chosen field, compensation during the internship experience is certainly an incentive.
  • Most of the internship opportunities provided in the internship program offer some pay.

 How long is the internship experience?

  • Internships can commence at any time but usually correspond to the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  • You must spend a minimum of 150 hours on the jobsite to obtain the 3 hours of academic credit for the internship together with meeting all the other course requirements.
  • However, if the student’s schedule permits and the business agrees, you may put in additional hours beyond the minimum requirement.

 What if I don’t have a resume?

  • The DCOBA Academic Advising Center located in DCOBA on the 2nd Floor, will provide assistance to students in developing and/or updating a resume for DCOBA academic internships only.