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Internship Process

Eligibility
To be eligible for academic internships, undergraduate students must have completed 90 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (both overall and in their major courses).

Undergraduate Internships
At the undergraduate level, the internship is required and is usually completed in the senior year. Students receive at least 200 hours of practical experience, for which they will earn 3 academic credits. Internships typically are responsible positions that involve no more than 20-percent clerical work. The 200 hours are usually worked over a 10-14 week period at approximately 20 hours per week, with adjustments made for the shorter summer semester.

Students who began their coursework at Marymount before fall 2009 should consult the director of Business Learning for information on relevant requirements.

Timeline: When to complete your internship
Internships for academic credit are usually completed in the student’s final year and must be approved for credit by the director of Business Learning. Student preparation for an academic internship begins three to six months prior to beginning work. Interested students begin the internship process by meeting with the director of Business Learning to verify eligibility and to obtain assistance in identifying and selecting potential internships.

Students are also encouraged to take advantage of other internships or work-related opportunities as they progress through their program at Marymount. While academic credit will be granted only for approved internships, students can learn valuable lessons and develop important contacts through earlier work opportunities. In particular, students pursuing the hospitality management and sport management specialties are encouraged to gain experience through a variety of jobs in related businesses. At Marymount, students may receive assistance identifying job or internship opportunities (with or without academic credit) from the SBA Director of Business Learning, the Career Internship Center, or their academic advisors.

Compensation
Internships may be either paid or unpaid at the discretion of the sponsoring organization. Some organizations may provide another type of stipend and/or reimburse transportation or other expenses.

Professional Standards
Students are expected to abide by the guidelines and rules established by the internship site. Dress and conduct should be professional and reflect the tone set by the organization and its employees.

Internships Abroad
International internships in locations such as London are also available. All international programs are coordinated by Marymount's Center for Global Education.

For more information
For more information about the internship experience, contact Mr. David Pomeroy, director of Business Learning at (703) 284-5941.