Graduate Programs Internship and Work Authorization Process

The College of Business Administration Graduate Programs Office provides two options for students to gain real world, off-campus work experience. Our experiential learning offerings currently include internship and cooperative education courses.

Policy and Process

An internship or coop will allow you to apply the skills and knowledge you have acquired in the classroom while gaining real-world experience. Internships and coops are optional in most graduate programs. However, students enrolled in a full-time course of study are strongly encouraged to pursue an experiential learning opportunity.

  • An internship is a for-credit course which can be used to fulfill degree requirements and is charged at the regular tuition rate. During the 2017/2018 academic year, most students will be approved to participate in internships.
  • A coop is a credit/non-credit course which will appear on your transcript and can be used to fulfill the experiential learning requirement of the Experiential Accelerated MBA. The coop has a nominal flat fee for enrollment. During the 2017/2018 academic year the coop will be used infrequently, primarily for students who are offered a second semester of off - campus employment. This is because the CBA does not yet offer a graduate coop course – one is currently under development - and so has only limited access to the coop. In 2018/2019 we expect to have the internship and our new coop course in place.

Experiential Learning Initial Approval Form

Gateway Internship

This option has been discontinued effective Fall 2015 and will not be required for students.

Eligibility

  • An internship should be pursued after the completion of most Gateway or Foundation level courses.
  • One semester of internship is permitted per degree program.
  • Internship hours must equal a minimum of 50 hours worked per credit for a maximum of three credits.
  • Students with full admission status are eligible for internship credit.
  • Those on probation or with provisional, non-degree or certificate program admission status are ineligible.
  • Students holding a Graduate Assistantship may be required to resign the GA award in order to be eligible for the internship since outside employment is restricted by the Graduate School.

Authorization

You must obtain approval from a CBA Graduate Advisor before starting the search for an Internship by submitting an Experiential Learning Initial Approval Form. The approved form will be scanned and emailed to you and copied to the CBA Internship Coordinator who will assist you in your search for an internship.

Finding Internship or Coop Opportunities

  • You may find resources online, through the UA Career Center, via email from the CBA Graduate Programs Office or the CBA Internship Coordinator.
  • Take advantage of all opportunities available to expand your possibilities.
  • Many corporations have official internship programs that require early application, so being aware of CBA, UA Immigration and employer requirements is essential if you are to successfully find placement.

After receiving an internship offer you must provide your CBA advisor with an official offer letter, on company letterhead, outlining the dates of employment (which must be within the dates of the semester), the salary, the number of hours to be worked, a brief description of the position and the name and phone number of the supervisor, as well as Curricular Practical Training paperwork from UA Immigration if you are an international student.

The advisor will:

  • complete the internship paperwork in one or two days
  • provide it to you for processing at UA Immigration
  • add you to the internship course

Internship Course

At the time of approval an advisor will add you 6700:695 Internship in Business, which is taught by the Director of Graduate Programs. The Internship credits will fulfill the MBA Action Learning requirement or, in some instances, an MBA concentration requirement with the Director’s approval. MSM and MA Economics students will use the internship for elective credit. Students are expected to write a paper relating their internship experience to the program of study. For MSA and MTax students the internship course will be additional credits above program requirements.

Students are expected to contact the internship instructor after being added to the course by an advisor. The course requires completion of a paper relating the internship to your graduate courses and career goals. A grade of CR (credit/passing) or NC (non-credit/failing) will be provided.

Course Assignments

Students are expected to contact the internship instructor after being added to the course by an advisor. The course requires completion of a paper relating the internship to your graduate courses and career goals. A grade of CR (credit/passing) or NC (non-credit/failing) will be provided.

For International Students

The CBA prefers that every international student participate in an internship as part of his or her program of study.
  • International students are limited to internships of up to 20 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters and up to 40 hours per week in the summer.
  • Internships may be completed in the last semester of enrollment if the student has program requirements remaining.
  • Additional information on internships (also known as Curricular Practical Training) is available from the UA International Center Immigration Office.
  • Two semesters of full-time enrollment (nine credits per semester) are required prior to participation in an internship. A student enrolled in the second semester of full-time study, may begin looking for an internship opportunity for the following semester.
  • No second internship will be awarded but a student may be approved to pursue a coop for additional employment.
  • If all required courses are completed, the student is ineligible for an internship and must apply for Optional Practical Training through UA Immigration.

Immigration Workshops and Authorization

Prior to contacting the CBA Graduate Programs for authorization or contacting a potential employer, international students are expected to attend a UA International Center Immigration workshop related to Curricular Practical Training (internships and coops) and are expected to be aware of regulations and required paperwork. It is your responsibility to know these requirements.

After authorization, students may work with the CBA Internship Coordinator to search for opportunities.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Is Post-Graduation Job Training

Upon completion of degree requirements, most international students are permitted one year of employment by the ICE.

  • During the last semester of enrollment, students visit UA Immigration to determine the eligibility process for OPT and to pick up the required paperwork.
  • An advisor in the CBA Graduate Programs Office can fill out the advisor paperwork indicating the degree completion date and the date of graduation. This form must be presented to the UA Immigration specialists for processing.
  • Internships may not be pursued during the period of Optional Practical Training because a student has completed all degree requirements.
  • International students should discuss employment options with the UA Immigration specialist to gain a better understanding of the opportunities which they are permitted to pursue.

Student Employment for STEM Programs

Students in the MSM ISM and MA Economics programs are eligible for an additional 24 months of OPT because they are US government sanctioned STEM program.

Fulbright, USAID and LASPAU Students

Fulbright, LASPAU, AMIDEAST and USAID students should consult with the agency which granted their visa to determine eligibility and restrictions.