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  • Undergraduate Internships

    To provide the maximum benefit of the internship experience, the School of Business offers two internship programs specifically tailored for the student's academic area.

    The Greater Birmingham area, with a population of more than 1 million, offers many opportunities for students to interact with business entities. Large publicly traded companies and new entrepreneurial ventures are receptive to students who want to enhance their academic studies with hands-on experience. Industries in the area include utilities, health care, light and heavy manufacturing, banking, and multinational corporations.

    Accounting students have access to the “Big Four” multinational, as well as numerous regional and local, public accounting firms. Additionally, students interested in working in corporate accounting have opportunities to work with the accounting organizations of nearby corporations.

    Accounting Internship+

    The Accounting Internship Program is intended to give students a learning opportunity to apply their accounting, auditing, tax, and business knowledge in a real world setting.

    What is an accounting internship?

    • Experiential Education designed to provide a student with the opportunity to gain practical experience in a professional work environment while extending the classroom into the workplace
    • Business Laboratory setting offering a mentor as lab instructor
    • Faculty Supervision and assessment of learning experience
    • Applied Learning in accounting, auditing, tax
    • Hands-On Practice of 250 hours during semester
    • Networking potential for professional contacts
    • Academic Credit three hours of accounting credit
    • Placements both domestic and international
    • Transitional Step between academic setting and the requirements of professional practice
    • Career Exploration and opportunity to clarify lifework goals

    What types of accounting internships are available?

    • Internship opportunities in fields of: public accounting, industry, and government. Opportunities exist at Big Four, regional, local accounting firms, banking, construction, healthcare, municipal government, and school districts.

    What are the registration guidelines?

    • Internships must relate and extend previous accounting coursework. The internship must be a LEARNING experience with measurable academic objectives, rather than primarily a work experience.
    • An internship is not to be considered an alternative for core courses in the curriculum.
    • Internships award accounting credit and a grade of Pass/Fail.
    • An internship must be supervised by a faculty sponsor.
    • The sponsoring professor will advise the student regarding the academic foundation of the project and evaluate the experience and assign a grade.
    • Contracts must be registered (submission to Internship Office, DBH 343) by the add date of the semester in which credit is obtained. Internships are available during any of the four Samford University terms.
    • The maximum credit during any one semester is 3 credit hours. The student should work at least 250 hours during the internship.
    • An internship position should be sought during the semester preceding participation in the program. The recruiting process generally begins with the “Accounting Night” program. Students are responsible for registering and meeting the requirements of Career Planning and Placement if they desire to use the services of Career Planning and Placement for on-campus interviews.
    • Students are responsible for obtaining their own internship firm or business sponsor.
    • Students will be evaluated by both the firm or business, as well as faculty sponsor. The faculty sponsor assigns the grade on the basis of evaluation by the site supervisor.
    • The intern's compensation will be established by the employer.
    • If the student wishes to make application for an internship in the location of already existing employment, convincing evidence must be presented that the internship moves the experience beyond normal duties into new and educationally profitable areas.
    • An internship in the family-owned business of the student's family is not acceptable.

    What are the basic course requirements?

    Acct 496/555 Accounting Internship (3 credits)
    Academic credit may be awarded for students who complete accounting internships with local firms or businesses. Students should see th Chair of the Accounting Program for eligibility parameters. Prerequisite: Permission from the Chair of the Accounting Program. Graded: Pass/Fail.

    Download the Academic Contract Form

    Download the Internship Waiver

    Business Internship+

    What is an academic internship?

    • Experiential Education designed to provide a student with the opportunity to gain practical experience in a professional work environment while extending the classroom into the workplace
    • Business Laboratory setting offering a mentor as lab instructor
    • Faculty Supervision and assessment of learning experience
    • Applied Learning in management, marketing, finance, economics, accounting, information systems
    • Hands-On Practice of 150 hours during semester
    • Networking potential for professional contacts
    • Academic Credit three hours of business elective credit
    • Placements both domestic and international
    • Transitional Step between academic setting and the requirements of professional practice
    • Career Exploration and opportunity to clarify lifework goals

    What types of internships are available?

    • Internship opportunities in fields such as: Financial and banking, government, health care, leisure, manufacturing, not-for-profit, publishing, risk management, retail management, sports management, telecommunications

    What are the registration guidelines?

    • Internships must relate and extend previous accounting coursework. The internship must be a LEARNING experience with measurable academic objectives, rather than primarily a work experience.
    • An internship is not to be considered an alternative for core courses in the curriculum.
    • Internships award elective business credit and a grade of Pass/Fail.
    • An internship must be supervised by a faculty sponsor. A written proposal detailing objectives of the experience for achieving the objectives, a timetable for work to be completed and the method of assesment for the project will be submitted to the sponsoring professor in a written contract form.
    • The sponsoring professor will advise the student regarding the academic foundation of the project and evaluate the experience and assign a grade.
    • Contracts must be registered (submission to Internship Office, DBH 343) by the add date of the semester in which credit is obtained. Internships are available during any of the three Samford University terms.
    • The maximum credit during any one semester is 3 credit hours. The student should work at least 50 hours per credit hour. (Most internships are scheduled for 10 hours per week for the 15-week semester total of 150 hours per semester.)
    • Students (sophomores-seniors) who are matriculated and in good standing are eligible to apply or enroll in an internship.
    • An internship position should be sought during the semester preceding participation in the program by the submission of an application to the Internship Director. Guidance will then be given toward internship placement. Upon screening and recommendation by the director, the student will interview with a business sponsor who selects the intern.
    • Students will be evaluated by both the firm or business, as well as faculty sponsor. The faculty sponsor assigns the grade on the basis of evaluation by the site supervisor.
    • The Brock School of Business Internship Director will facilitate the internship placement and serve as liaison to the site supervisor.
    • If the student wishes to make application for an internship in the location of already existing employment, convincing evidence must be presented that the internship moves the experience beyond normal duties into new and educationally profitable areas.
    • An internship in the family-owned business of the student's family is not acceptable.
    • A proposed internship in a law firm requires prior personal review in an interview with the faculty sponsor.

    What are the basic course requirements?

    BUSA 496 - 497 Business Internship I and II (3each course)
    Business internship study is an individualized, experiential learning program structured through a variety of business organizations. Every attempt is made to match the student's objectives with the internship experience. This study is project-oriented, merging theory learned in the classroom with the workplace environment. This course exposes the student to the world of business and the career-planning process. Prerequisite:Permission from the School of Business Internship Office.

    MARK 491 Business Internship: Marketing(3)
    Individualized, experiential learning program structured through a variety of business organizations. This course is project-oriented,merging theory learned in the classroom with the workplace environment. Includes seminars, presentations, and career counseling in conjunction with on-site learning at the business organization. Exposes student to the world of marketing and the career planning process. Grading is pass/fail. Prerequisites: MARK311; permission from School of Business Internship Office and marketing faculty.

    FINC 492 Business Internship: Finance (3)
    Individualized, experiential learning program structured through a variety of business organizations. This course is project-oriented,merging theory learned in the classroom with the workplace environment. Includes seminars, presentations, and career counseling in conjunction with on-site learning at the business organization. Exposes student to the world of finance and the career planning process. Grading is pass/fail. Prerequisites: FINC321; permission from School of Business Internship Office and finance faculty.

    ECON 493 Business Internship: Economics(3)
    Individualized, experiential learning program structured through a variety of business organizations. This course is project-oriented,merging theory learned in the classroom with the workplace environment. Includes several seminars, presentations, and counseling at Samford in conjunction with on-site learning taking place at the business organization. Exposes student to the world of economics and the career planning process. Grading is pass/fail.Prerequisites: ECON 201, 202; permission from School of Business Internship Office and economics faculty.

    ENTR 494 Business Internship: Entrepreneurship(3)
    Individualized, experiential learning program structured through avariety of business organizations. This course is project-oriented,merging theory learned in the classroom with the workplace environment. Includes seminars, presentations, and career counseling in conjunction with on-site learning at the business organization. Exposes student to the world of marketing and the career planning process. Grading is pass/fail. Prerequisites: 304;permission from School of Business Internship Office and marketing faculty.

    Download the Academic Contract Form

    Download the Internship Waiver

  • 1965

    Brock School of Business Established