Types of Internships

There are two types of internships here in the Coggin College of Business (CCB), academic and non-academic internships.  This is an important distinction. 

Academic Internships

  • Students may be able to receive academic credit for an internship that is directly related to their major.  Each major has different criteria for what is required in order for the student to receive credit for the internship.  To review the requirements, please go to the Student Internships Page for more information.  It is important to note that ALL CCB majors require that the internship be paid in order for the student to receive credit. 

Non-Academic Internships

  • These internships are essentially the same experience as an academic internship but without the academic credit component. Students do not receive academic credit, nor are they required to work with an internship coordinator or academic advisor for approval. The internship timeline, pay and internship job requirements are all determined by the student and the employer. 


While there are no “formal” requirements for non-academic internships, you might find the following information for “typical” internships helpful in structuring your internship:

  • Hours: 15-20 hours per week. Some end up working more depending on the needs within the organization and the student’s desire to earn money/gain experience.
  • Length: Our semesters run 16 weeks start to finish so something in the 12-14 week range is typical.
  • Pay:  The general average on pay that is competitive enough for students to consider is $10-12/hr.
  • Hiring Criteria: Typical criteria for that employers consider are GPA, major, grad date, completed coursework

Unpaid Internships

Organizations offering unpaid internships are welcome to advertise their position(s) to CCB students using Osprey CareerLink and other recruitment methods.  However, it is the organizations responsibility to ensure that they are in compliance with all relevant state and federal laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act.  This US Department of Labor Fact Sheet may provide some useful information.

Finding Interns

The strategies for finding interns are the same as those used for recruiting for other positions: post the internship in Osprey CareerLink, interview on campus and take advantage of other branding opportunities and events.