Employer Internship Information

For Employers…

First off, THANK YOU for your interest in providing our students with a valuable learning experience! Belmont’s Massey College of Business  is committed to extending the boundaries of education through experiential learning gained in “real world” businesses and companies. This unique course allows students the opportunity for networking and practical application of skills learned in the traditional classroom, under your company’s supervision and mentorship.

A LITTLE ABOUT OUR STUDENT INTERNS:

  • Interns can major in any one of the following: Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems Management, International Business, International Economics, Management,  Marketing, or Social Entrepreneurship.
  • They may intern on full-time or part-time, and in paid or unpaid positions and can earn course credit regardless of whether the position is paid or unpaid.
  • Students will typically be of sophomore, junior or senior standing.

Students who accept unpaid internships must be registered for course credit.  If the internship your company provides is unpaid, please confirm with the student that they have registered with the Massey College of Business Career Development Center for credit. Students who accept paid internships are not required to register for course credit, but have the option to earn course credit if desired.

HOW ACADEMIC CREDIT IS APPLIED:

The following includes course credit hours and the corresponding number of hours a student must intern to receive credit for a Fall or Spring 15-week semester:

  • 1 credit hour = minimum 10 hours/week: 150 hours total
  • 2 credit hours = minimum 12 hours/week: 180 hours total
  • 3 credit hours = minimum 15 hours/week: 225 hours total
  • 4 credit hours = minimum 18 hours/week: 270 hours total
  • 5 credit hours = minimum 22 hours/week: 330 hours total
  • 6 credit hours = minimum 30 hours/week: 450 hours total

The following includes course credit hours and the corresponding number of hours a student must intern to receive credit for a Summer 10-week semester:

  • 1 credit hour = minimum 15 hours/week: 150 hours total
  • 2 credit hours = minimum 18 hours/week: 180 hours total
  • 3 credit hours = minimum 22 hours/week: 220 hours total
  • 4 credit hours = minimum 27 hours/week: 270 hours total
  • 5 credit hours = minimum 33 hours/week: 330 hours total
  • 6 credit hours = minimum 40 hours/week: 400 hours total

REQUIREMENTS FOR OUR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:

Students may only receive course credit during the semester when they intern. Credit is not awarded retroactively. The internship must relate to the student’s educational and/or occupational goals. Employer must be willing to enter the training agreement with Belmont University and complete an evaluation of the intern’s performance at the end of the term. As a University, we follow an academic calendar therefore the internship must comply with that calendar.

WHAT MAKES AN INTERNSHIP GREAT?

  • A clear and detailed description of the interns’ responsibilities, projects, expectations, etc.
  • At least one significant project in which the student can participate.
  • A setting  which  broadens  experience  and  promotes  increased  understanding  of  business,  self- confidence, maturity and accomplishment.
  • Opportunities to network with industry professionals and learn more about the respective field.

Please note: over the last few semesters, there have been more internship positions than actual interns. Therefore, the more experiential internships will likely receive more applications!

WHAT TO INCLUDE IN THE INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION:

  • A brief description of the company
  • The intern’s responsibilities
  • Desired candidate qualifications (ex. Junior Accounting major with knowledge of Excel and Access)
  • Compensation (paid or unpaid, if paid, list compensation range
  • Preferred email address to receive applicant resumes
  • Hours student will intern (preferred, required, or flexible)

Email the internship description to masseycareerdevelopment@belmont.edu. Your position will be posted on a password- protected website accessible to Belmont students and alumni. Interested applicant resumes will be sent to the preferred email address you provide. It is then your responsibility to contact applicants for interviews and internships.

If the internship is a recurring position, simply contact the Career Development Center to refresh the posting.

It is the responsibility of the internship site to make certain that it is in compliance with applicable wage and hour laws in operating its internship program. If interns are used as employees, interns are required to earn at least a minimum wage. To review criteria established by federal law for evaluating the difference between interns and employees go to:  http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.htm

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any of this further, the Internship Coordinator can be reached at masseycareerdevelopment@belmont.edu or by calling 615-460-6947.

Thank you for your interest in working with our students!