Hands-on skills training and experiences are in great demand by employers. And, since developing your career is a major mission of the College of Business, we provide internships, both paid and unpaid, for students taking upper level courses.  Internships are required in some majors and available in all majors through our Career Services office.


Benefits of an Internship


  • Gain experience that aids in deciding on a career path
  • Gain experience that will help in securing a position for after graduation
  • Apply classroom learning in a real world setting and improve classroom experiences
  • Learn & improve skill sets that can only be obtained on the job


  • A cost-effective way to recruit new talent and meet company needs
  • Creates a recruiting edge on campus
  • Provides short-term assistance to current employees


General Guidelines:

  1. The minimum requirements for a student to participate in an internship are:
    1. For Undergraduate Students: at least a sophomore standing and a 2.0 cumulative GPA
    2. For Graduate Students: at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
    3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 work hours during the internship
  2. Internships must be approved in advance.  Academic credit will not be given retroactively.
  3. The amount of academic credit to be awarded for each internship term shall be determined by the student's major academic department chair.
  4. The maximum academic credit for an internship is six credit hours per semester.
  5. All interns must have both a faculty supervisor and an on-site supervisor.
  6. Internship written requirements set by the faculty supervisor, such as papers or journal entries, must be submitted no later than 10 business days after completing the on-site experience, or as requested by the faculty supervisor.


Responsibilities of the University:

  1. Participate in the development of the learning objectives for the internship.
  2. Supervise the internship through regular communication with both the student and the on-site supervisor.
  3. Assist with the facilitation of required internship documentation and evaluations.
  4. Assistance in connecting the employer with qualified potential candidates for the internship.


Responsibilities of the Employer:

  1. Promptly report to Southern Miss College of Business Undergraduate Academic Services the hiring of any student interns.
  2. Provide a safe and professional work environment for student interns.
  3. Schedule regular meetings with the student to provide project guidance and performance reviews.
  4. Complete a student evaluation worksheet for each student intern at the end of each work term, to be submitted to College of Business Career Services.
  5. Maintain the confidentiality of student information including, but not limited to, any identifying information, performance appraisals, and academic information.


Responsibilities of the Student:

  1. Submit all required internship documents prior to the internship start date.
  2. Meet with the faculty advisor and on-site advisor to set the internship objectives.
  3. Maintain confidentiality of any sensitive information gained while completing the internship.
  4. Follow all procedures and policies set by the employer and perform all duties in a professional manner.
  5. Submit all assignments for course credit by the date set by the faculty advisor.
  6. Complete an internship evaluation after the completion of the internship, to be submitted to College of Business Undergraduate Academic Services.

For more information on internships in your area of interest, contact: 

Lisa Stevens - Director of Pathway Experiences
McLemore Hall, 125