Student Information

The internship courses in the Academic Departments of the School of Management foster academic experiential education opportunities for students who have a major or minor in the one of the three Academic Departments of the School of Management. The Academic departments are: Management and Marketing; Accounting and Computer Information Systems; Finance and Economics. The internship program also applies to the Health Care Administration Major.

The internship courses in the Academic Departments enable students to link their academic knowledge to real world practices while earning academic credit.

Eligibility

  • Students who have a major or minor in one of the Bachelor of Science programs of: Management; Marketing; Health Care Administration; Accounting; CIS; and Finance.
  • Junior or senior standing or a minimum of 60 credits.
  • The student must have completed the introductory courses in their major.

Internship courses

Internship credits are free elective credits for all majors except Management and Marketing (where the 3 internship credits can satisfy 3 credits in the concentration area of their major), and Health Care Administration where 3 internship credits are required to satisfy the requirements of the major. MGT 467 (3cr) is a course for General Management, International Management, Operations Management and Human Resource Management majors.

Management and Marketing students who wish to receive restricted elective credits towards their major requirement shall complete one extra requirement, which is defined in the “Course Requirements” section below.


Internship course

Type of Academic Credit

Grade

MGT467

Free Elective or Restricted Elective

S/US or letter Grade

MKT467

Free Elective or Restricted Elective

S/US or letter Grade

ACC467

Free Elective

S/US

CIS467

Free Elective

S/US

FIN467

Free Elective

S/US

HCA467

Required

Letter Grade

Steps to follow

A. Contact the professor who will be teaching the course, and complete an information form.

B. Search for an internship

  • Internships are also available through the Destinations database at the Career Development Center, Craig-Lee 054. Contact Ms. Demetria Moran, Associate Director of Career Development Center, 401-456-8635 or dmoran@ric.edu
  • Internship availabilities are posted on the bulletin board next to the finance lab.
  • Search on your own; use personal contact and friends.
  • Search the internet for internship opportunities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

C. Apply/ Interview

If accepted for the internship, meet with the Professor teaching the course and Coordinator of the Internship program to seek approval of your job description.

D. Register for the course.

Course Requirements

  • Completing 120 hours of work at the professional organization where the intern is placed.
  • Attending a campus seminar type class for lectures or discussions on a variety of workplace-related topics and also reporting on your internship job.
  • Provide feedback to the class based on faculty's requirements.
  • Satisfactory student performance evaluation by job supervisor.

Meeting the above requirements students will receive 3 free elective credits.

HCA 467 is required for the Health Care Administration program.  Specific criteria for this interdisciplinary program course are not yet formalized.

Management and Marketing students to receive 3 restricted elective credits towards their major shall complete one extra requirement, by submitting “A research paper” based on one of the following selections:

A. Activity-based field research

  1. Select an activity the student is performing as part of their internship responsibilities
  2. Describe in detail what the activity is, its purpose, how it is done, and its connection to the organization’s mission and goals
  3. Critically analyze the practice in light of research, theory, and practice in the student’s field of study, showing how it relates to the field and identifying strengths and weaknesses of the organization’s approach
  4. Make and support one theory/practice/research based recommendation as to how the organization can improve the effectiveness/efficiency of the activity. The recommendation should include the following elements:

    • Recommended action – a clear description of what the organization should do.
    • Implementation process – a detailed description of how the organization can implement the recommended action.
    • Support – a detailed, well-reasoned, compelling statement of theories/concepts/research that have been applied, how the recommendation applies them, and why the recommendation will work.
    • Potential risks of and obstacles to implementation and how they can be overcome – a detailed description of the issues or problems that may arise that pose risks and/or make it difficult to implement your recommendation (e.g., resources needed, management opposition, etc.) and how they can be overcome or prevented.
    • Potential benefits – a detailed, well-reasoned, compelling statement of the benefits the organization will experienceand why the organization should implement the recommendation.

B. Topic-based field research

  1. Select a topic the student has explored in one of the courses in their major/concentration that is relevant to the activities within the organization they are interning with.
  2. Write a statement defining the topic and a brief review of the literature on that topic (this may be text-book based or come from other sources).
  3. Describe in detail what the activity is, its purpose, how it is done, and its connection to the organization’s mission and goals
  4. Critically analyze the practice in light of research, theory, and practice in the student’s field of study, showing how it relates to the field and identifying strengths and weaknesses of the organization’s approach
  5. Make and support one theory/practice/research based recommendation as to how the organization can improve the effectiveness/efficiency of the activity. The recommendation should include the following elements:

    • Recommended action – a clear description of what the organization should do.
    • Implementation process – a detailed description of how the organization can implement the recommended action.
    • Support – a detailed, well-reasoned, compelling statement of theories/concepts/research that have been applied, how the recommendation applies them, and why the recommendation will work.
    • Potential risks of and obstacles to implementation and how they can be overcome – a detailed description of the issues or problems that may arise that pose risks and/or make it difficult to implement your recommendation (e.g., resources needed, management opposition, etc.) and how they can be overcome or prevented.
    • Potential benefits – a detailed, well-reasoned, compelling statement of the benefits the organization will experienceand why the organization should implement the recommendation.

General Information

  • Internship courses are offered every fall, spring and summer.
  • The summer internship course begins at the beginning of SSI and ends at the end of SSII.

Page last updated: April 8, 2014