THE SHUFORD INTERNSHIP
Learning Beyond the Classroom
Students can locate their own internships through their networks or work with our Internship Manager to connect with internship opportunities that could be a good fit. If you need help getting started, use the How to Find Internships guide.
Students are required to complete Econ 325 BEFORE the internship requirement.
Internships should be at least 320 hours which is 8 weeks of full-time work. Internships shorter than that must be approved by the Internship Manager. We recommend students complete internships over the summer, as it gives students the appropriate amount of time to complete the requirement. If you have questions about the time requirement, please reach out to the Internship Manager.
Students must complete a Learning Contract before beginning internships so that the internship can be approved and meet program requirements. Learning Contracts are due by April 15 for summer internships. If your internship will take place during the semester, contact the Internship Manager to discuss the details and get your internship approved.
For the internship to count toward the minor’s internship requirement, students must complete a learning contract. Learning contracts are due April 15 each year, unless otherwise arranged with the Internship Manager.
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- Where could I work?
- Because our program is interdisciplinary, each student’s internship looks different. Students have worked with national and multi-national companies like KPMG, Bank of America, the Boeing Company, and Microsoft. They’ve also worked at startups locally and abroad like Dosso Beauty and Mignonne Gavigan.
- Are there any resources available in the Shuford program to help me find an internship?
- Yes. The Internship Manager is available to meet with students who would like assistance in finding a work-site. Alumni connections, campus resources, and company contacts are some of the resources the Internship Manager may provide, along with resume assistance, interview preparation, and general career advice. This How-To guide is a great starting point.
- What if I study abroad?
- The internship is an important part of our program and an excellent learning opportunity. Because of its importance, we will work with students to help them find an alternative solution to summer internship, such as a position during the academic year.
- What kinds of things cannot count as an internship?
- We will not accept camp counseling, lab research, or sales associate positions for the requirement. If you are unsure if your position would satisfy the requirement, please consult with the Internship Manager.
- Do I receive credit for the internship?
- The internship requirement is built into Economics 393, the Capstone in Entrepreneurship. You receive academic credit for the course in combination with the internship. You do not receive stand-alone credit for the internship.
- How do I get in touch with the Internship Manager?
- Camelia Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org) has an office in Gardner Hall, Room 104D.
Timeline a.k.a. What should I be doing now?
- This is crunch time for students desiring to work in the financial services industry. Those companies select summer interns 7-8 months ahead.
- Work on resume/cover letters.
- Begin researching industries, companies, desired internship cities.
- Attend multiple fall Internship & Career Fairs, including those hosted by University Career Services and Innovate Carolina.
- Meet with the Internship Manager for assistance in the internship search process
- Complete the Internship Learning Contract.
- Continue the internship search process if a position has not been secured.
- Complete the Internship Learning Contract. Look for an approval email with the Internship Journal instructions.
- Begin working!
- Ensure you are completing the weekly journal entries of the Internship Journal.
- Submit the Internship Journal via the link on the last page of the Journal Instructions. Turning in the Internship Journal clears you for enrollment in ECON 393, the capstone course.