Internship Information

Earn Academic Credit

Internship Approval Form

Students interning in roles/companies/organizations directly relating to their academic major or occupational goal may receive elective credit for work with employers approved by the intern supervisor. In order to have your internship approved for academic credit you must complete approval form below for the appropriate semester.

How to Earn Academic Credit:

What is an internship?

An internship can be defined as a self-directed, supervised, practical learning experience that allows a student to apply their classroom knowledge and education in a professional work environment. It also is the #1 way new college graduates land a job!

What is Required to Earn Course Credit for my Internship?

Students interning in a position directly relating to their academic major or occupational goal may receive elective credit for work with employers approved by the intern supervisor. In order to earn academic credit, a student must get approval from their academic advisor and the internship coordinator, and be enrolled in the MGT 3000 Internship in Business course by the last day for course schedule changes for that semester, as outlined in that year’s academic calendar.

  • Students may work part-time, full-time, off campus, or on-campus in either paid or volunteer positions.
  • The Co-operative Education/Internship Program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. 
  • Generally, students working part-time may receive up to (6) hours of credit in a semester.
  • Students receive co-op credit only during the semester that they work. Co-op credit will not be given retroactively
  • Only six (6) hours of Co-operative Education credit will count toward the graduation requirement as business elective credit. Three (3) credit hours may substitute as an elective in the major program, but not for a major requirement. 

Course assignments include:

    • An agreement form to be signed by both the student and employer
    • Goals for the internship set by the student
    • Completion of an online Strengths Finder assessment
    • Submitting a weekly journal at the end of the internship period. 
    • An evaluation of the intern’s performance completed by the employer.
    • A final paper that ranges from 5-10 pages in length, depending upon the number of credit hours being sought.
    • A final presentation sharing the internship experience.
    • Attendance at three class sessions that include:
      • an orientation
      • a strengths workshop
      • the final presentation  (Online attendance is acceptable for interns outside of the Nashville area.)

      *Grading is on a Pass/Fail basis. 

How do I get approved for course credit?

In order to earn course credit for internship experiences, the following guidelines must be met:

  • Students must gain approval from their academic advisor for MGT 3000 to be included as part of their course plan.
  • Students need to contact the Internship Specialist (Chris Agans in The Career Development Center) and complete the Internship Approval Request Form in order to register. The Internship Specialist will authorize the student in Banner and then the student can complete the registration process.

A student must register for Co-operative Education (MGT 3000) at the same cost per hour.

  • The student’s internship MUST relate to his/her educational and/or occupational goals.
  • The students must be in good standing with the university in order to be eligible for the Co-operative Education/Internship Program. No student may be enrolled in the Co-operative Education/Internship Program if he/she is on probation with Belmont University.
  • The employer must be willing to enter the training agreement with Belmont University and complete a performance evaluation.
How many hours do I need to intern per credit?

Semester Hour Requirements :

Fall/Spring Semester: Summer (spans both summer sessions):
10 hrs/week ; 150 hrs total 1 unit of credit 15 hrs/week ; 150 hrs total 1 unit of credit
12 hrs/week ; 180 hrs total 2 units of credit 18 hrs/week ; 180 hrs total 2 units of credit
15 hrs/week ; 225 hrs total 3 units of credit 22 hrs/week ; 220 hrs total 3 units of credit
18 hrs/week ; 270 hrs total 4 units of credit 27 hrs/week ; 270 hrs total 4 units of credit
22 hrs/week ; 330 hrs total 5 units of credit 33 hrs/week ; 330 hrs total 5 units of credit
30 hrs/week ; 450 hrs total 6 unit of credit 40 hrs/week ; 400 hrs total 6 unit of credit


#1 Fantasize

What are your passions?

#2 Scrap

Research all possibilities. Consult every source: family, friends, alumni, professors, classmates, professional associations.

#3 Don't Procrastinate

Some summer internship deadlines are as early as November while others have rolling deadlines. Plus, many other students are probably interested in that same position.

#4 Materialize

Prepare your application materials: resume, cover letter, recommendations, transcripts, samples of your work.

#5 Customize

Tailor your cover letter for each application. This is your way to let organizations know why you are specifically interested in working for them.

#6 Personalize

If possible, visit the internship sites for an interview or call the internship coordinator. Show your enthusiasm and interest in the position.

#7 Energize

Passion and persistence pay off. Follow up on your letters, phone calls, and interviews with personal notes.

#8 Initiate

Make your own internship! Collect information about the company, organization, or individual you would like to work for. Write a letter expressing your interest and back group and offer your services.

#9 It's Never Too Late

Many organizations consider intern applications throughout the year. If you have missed a deadline, apply for next year, and ask to be considered if something opens up sooner.

Why Should I Complete an Internship?

Gain new skills, knowledge, and confidence

Build your resume 

Earn college credit toward your degree

Internships give you the competitive edge

Build your professional network



If your request is approved, an override will be entered on your account in DegreeWorks which will allow you to register for MGT 3000 and the section number that corresponds with the number of credit you are looking to earn. The Internship Coordinator will send you an e-mail with further instructions on how to register.

If you have additional questions, you can contact the Assistant Director of Career Development and Internship for the Massey College of Business by e-mailing: or by calling: (615)-460-6947.

Belmont University – Jack C. Massey College of Business