The MCOBA Internship Program allows qualified and well educated business majors to receive first-hand experience in the workplace with a position in your company while earning academic credit.
This is an exciting and dynamic time for the Moody College of Business, as we strive to enhance the value, quality, and impact of business education for our 2,600 undergraduates and nearly 200 MBA students. A major determinant of success in this endeavor is our students’ exposure to and their opportunity to make a contribution to Acadiana businesses. Consider this your invitation to partner with us in enriching our students’ learning experiences.
To request an intern, please complete the Intern Request Application.
Why Your Company Should Participate
When your company participates in the Moody College of Business Administration internship program, it has access to a pool of high quality pre-professionals who are eager to learn as well as contribute to your organization.
The following are benefits for organizations sponsoring internships for UL business students:
- Cost effective way to fill short-term needs without long-term commitment (temporary or seasonal positions).
- Cost effective way to recruit and evaluate potential employees.
- Your permanent staff has more time for more important/creative assignments.
- Allows your employees to gain managerial experience by supervising interns.
- Gives you access to a pool of high quality, pre-professionals who are eager to learn as well as contribute to your organization.
- Maintain constant source of fresh ideas and insights into your organization.
- Benefit from cutting edge technology, perspectives, and relevant skills currently being learned in the classroom.
- Satisfaction of training and developing the next generation of workers.
- Develop partnership with Moody College of Business.
- Contribute to education.
During the internship, the student is required to work at least 150 hours (or 240 hours for PLRM majors) which complements and reinforces what the student has learned in the classroom.
To ensure that your company has highly motivated, hard-working interns, the students must meet the following requirements to participate in the internship program:
- Must be enrolled in a major program of study in the MCOBA.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.2. (Please note that a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher is required for Hospitality Management Majors and Professional Land & Resource Management Majors. Internships are mandatory for these majors. This is why the GPA required to qualify for an internship is the same as the GPA required for graduation for these majors only.)
- Be classified as a Junior or Senior with Upper Division Status.
- Secure an internship position.
- Get approval from the Internship Advisor and the Internship Director.
- Receive a salary of at least minimum wage. (Exceptions made on occasion.)
Please also note the following:
- Business majors with a business minor may elect to complete an internship in their minor field of study.
- In general, MBA students must be in good academic standing to apply for an internship. MBA/HCA students are encouraged to complete the required internships in their last two semesters of study. Further, MBA students must obtain approval from the MBA Director.
- These are only the minimum qualifications; companies can request for more stringent criteria.
How to Develop the Program at Your Company
The following suggestions will help you develop an internship program for your company:
- Determine your organization's need.
- Set goals and structure the internship experience ahead of time.
- Prepare job description that includes meaningful duties.
- Describe meaningful, but realistic tasks/responsibilities.
- Develop project-related assignments that the intern can work on from start to finish.
- Complete the request for intern application (a semester in advance.)
- Encourage interaction between intern and supervisor/mentor.
What's Expected of Your Company
To ensure our business students gain insight and real-world knowledge from the internship experience, the business internship program expects the following from the sponsoring business:
- Require significant interaction between intern and supervisor/mentor.
- Assign the student to a supervisor/mentor who is knowledgeable and experienced in the area of expertise in which the intern is appointed.
- Orient the student to your company, its policies, procedures, and appropriate professional and clerical staff.
- Provide student with adequate resources necessary to accomplish job objectives.
- Assign and supervise tasks/responsibilities consistent with the student’s role in the company.
- Allow the student to attend and participate in key business activities, such as interviews, meetings, and conferences, with their mentor/supervisor.