BUS 503 is a four-hour credit course offered every term throughout the academic year, including summer. The catalog course description is as follows:
Students develop individualized internships approved by a designated faculty sponsor. Students develop objectives for the internship experience, read relevant literature, prepare written assignments, and submit reflective summaries of their internship activities. Course MUST be taken pass/fail and will not count as an Economics or Business/Accounting elective for accounting or business administration majors. Prerequisites for the course : 3 courses completed in the Department of Business and Accounting and/or the Department of Economics with a minimum combined GPA of 2.0 in those courses. This course DOES count as four of your of your twelve elective pass-fail hours.

Application process: Students must submit the following by the designated deadline:
  • completed application form, which includes a description of internship duties and activities, learning objectives, and contact information about the internship supervisor
  • resume
  • copy of transcript (non-Business/Accounting majors only)

After information is received, Mrs. Roberson or Dr. Underwood will contact students to discuss the internship and course requirements. They will also communicate with the proposed internship supervisor to verify information and to obtain his/her agreement to participate in the course assignments and to complete a final evaluation of the student.

To arrange internships: Internships must be approved to qualify for the course; the nature of the experience must include a significant learning component. The internship must extend for a minimum of six weeks AND the student must complete a minimum of 120 hours at the internship site. (Note that internships can be done in any geographic location.) Students are urged to talk with Mrs. Roberson (sandy.roberson@furman.edu or 864-294-2225) or Dr. Underwood (robert.underwood@ furman.edu or 864-294-3552)  if they have questions about the types of internships that are appropriate for the course.

Students are responsible for arranging their own internships, but there are many resources available for providing leads and contacts and for help in selecting appropriate sites based on career interests. Links to internship sites can be found on the Engaged Learning web page (www.furman.edu/engaged). Companies and organizations interested in Furman student interns are listed on MonsterTrak.com, which can be linked from that page. Students are also encouraged to talk with Susan Zeiger, Internship Program Director in the Trone Center 209I, phone 294-3166.

Help with resumes can also be provided by the Career Services Center. If accepted for the course, students must:
  • Enroll in the course during the term in which he/she is actually doing the internship. Note: If a student has earned 96 hours or more toward graduation as of Sept. 1 of his/her senior year (which might be the case if one took this course and paid tuition during the summer), he/she can complete an application to be charged tuition on a per-course basis during a term in their senior year if he/she does not want to take a full load during that term.
  • Sign the university “Consent, General Release and Indemnity Agreement”
  • Complete the form to enroll for the course and submit it to Academic Records by the last day of paper drop/add for that term (Note: Students cannot register for “80’s” courses until the final phase of web drop/add.)

Students accepted for the course will meet with Mrs. Roberson or Dr. Underwood to discuss the course syllabus, which includes the assigned books and readings, written assignments, and due dates. Completed written assignments may be submitted by e-mail. Students may be asked to meet with Mrs. Roberson or Dr. Underwood during the term (unless he/she is doing an internship outside of  Greenville during summer term.)

To receive a grade of “pass” for the course:
  • The student must participate in the internship for a minimum of six weeks AND a minimum of 120 hours.
  • The student must receive a satisfactory evaluation from his/her internship supervisor.
  • The student must complete ALL course assignments at a level of quality deemed acceptable by the professor (unacceptable assignments will be returned for revision)
  • The student must complete a self-evaluation of his/her performance and an evaluation of his/her internship site.

Please email Mrs. Roberson or Dr. Underwood for deadline information and an electronic application.

Applications may be e-mailed or submitted in hard copy.

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