Business internship courses provide students with the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to a hands-on experience in the workplace. Students learn by using classroom skills and knowledge in a supervised setting.
Business majors can earn academic credit by completing an internship that can be used to fulfill a degree requirement or to be substituted for elective classes.
Internships are not required to provide compensation. The employer may choose the amount of compensation to offer an intern, if so desired. All that is asked is that the employer discloses whether the position is paid or not. There are some students that can only accept paid positions, and there are some students that can only accept unpaid positions.
Academic credit is earned by documenting what is learned on the job through a series of structured assignments. Students do not receive credit just for working.
Students receive a letter grade (A-F) based on the completion of assignments and job performance. Assignments are evaluated by the assigned faculty member, who determines the final grade with input from the student’s supervisor regarding job performance, resulting in academic credit earned toward degree completion.
Sinclair students already working in a career-related job may use current work experience to meet internship requirements. Internship credit must be based on new learning that occurs on the worksite during the academic quarter.
An ideal internship provides the student with a range of work experiences and duties that enhance his or her transition from school to work. This also allows the employer to observe and evaluate the student's performance in a variety of situations.
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