Professional Experience (BUSX 460)

Transition from classroom to career. All students complete an internship while enrolled in the BUSX 460. Through self-assessment, you'll develop a portfolio that demonstrates your knowledge, skills and attitudes as well as a commitment to lifelong career development.

student intern working with her employer at BGE

About the Course

BUSX 460 is required for all business administration, accounting and business systems and processes majors and is typically taken during your senior year. For this course, you are required to complete a 120-hour internship in a professional setting. Students meet as a class seven times throughout the semester to participate in reflective exercises, hear from guest speakers and develop a portfolio.

Course Prerequisites: senior status, completion of BUSX 301, MNGT 361, MKTG 341, and FIN 331. Enrollment is conditional pending internship approval.

Deadline Dates for Approval

  • Spring '21: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
  • Summer '21: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
  • Fall '21: Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Complete the BUSX 460 Internship Submission Form here to have your internship reviewed. The last day for approval for spring semester is Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

Submit Your Internship

Steps to Register

Step 1: Enroll in the course

When you meet the all of the course prerequisites, you can enroll in the course. Refer to Towson Online Services for your enrollment date.

Step 2: Find an internship

You're required to secure an internship and have it approved in order to remain in the course. Keep in mind the BUSX 460 internship requirements (see below) when conducting your search. It is important that you start this process early by submitting your application to several openings. Don’t apply to just one internship and hope that it will work out with that company. Be proactive! Take advantage of the numerous university and college resources available to assist you in your search. See internship resources below.

International students must contact the International Student and Scholar Office prior to beginning this process to ensure that they are aware of all permit requirements.

Step 3: Submit internship for review and approval

You must have your internship for BUSX 460 reviewed and approved by the college. To have your internship reviewed, fill out the online BUSX 460 internship submission form. An internship job description on company letterhead signed by your supervisor either by hand or eSignature (e.g. DocuSign) is required when submitting the form. No exceptions will be accepted.

You will receive a response within 3-5 business days.

Internship Requirements

  • Internship hours must be performed during the duration of the semester in which the student is enrolled in the course. Internships from prior semesters will not be accepted. Students must complete 120 hours in the internship to receive course credit.
  • The company must have more than five full-time employees. The employees cannot be contractual or telecommuter employees.
  • The company must be willing and able to evaluate the student's performance using a survey distributed by the college at the end of the academic term.
  • The internship cannot consist of door-to-door selling or pure cold calling.
  • The internship can only include 10 percent clerical work.
  • Students cannot intern for a family member.
  • Students cannot intern at their own business.
  • Students may not use the same internship for both a Departmental Internship and Professional Experience BUSX 460. 
  • Students must provide a job description on company letterhead. The job description must be signed either by hand or eSignature (e.g. DocuSign). No exceptions will be accepted.
  • The job description must include all of the intern’s duties in detail. The job description should not be too broad.
  • Words such as assist, learn, shadow or observe should not be used.
  • The job description MUST be written by the employer’s HR department or the supervisor of the internship. Students should not write the job description.

Internship Resources

TU Job Database

Handshake is a free, online job and internship database for TU students, alumni and employers. You can access it easily with your TU net ID credentials by logging in here.

CBE Connect

Distributed weekly by students for students, CBE CONNECT includes a list of newly added internships in Handshake for business students. Not receiving the e-newsletter? Contact 

Career Center

Take advantage of the Career Center where you can meet with a counselor, practice interviewing, get resume advice and more. The Career Center also hosts several career fairs, event and on-campus interviewing with employers recruiting events throughout the year, which are all posted in Handshake.

Events

The Accounting Open House and CBE Career Fairs are the perfect opportunity to network with employers looking to hire interns.

Professional Development Partners

Schedule an appointment with a Professional Development Partner (PDP) who can assist you in navigating the internship search process. Find the PDP for your major or concentration here. 

  • Start early. Be proactive! It's never too soon to look. At the least, you will get an idea of where and how you can be an intern. At the best, you might find a company willing to hire you whenever you're ready! Don't bank on one position you find either. Apply to multiple positions.
  • Use all available resources. In addition to the career services and events offered by TU and CBE (listed below), use job websites and LinkedIn to search for opportunities. Tap into your existing networks through family, friends, clubs, places of worship, etc. Let them know you're looking for opportunities.
  • Prepare your professional image. Employers want to see a polished resume, even if it just lists your part-time job or campus involvement. Practice interview and networking skills through the Career Center. Acquire professional-looking attire for interviews.
  • Network. Network. Network. Use every opportunity you have to meet and talk to business professionals. You never know where a casual acquaintance might lead. 
  • Keep in mind the internship requirements when seeking a position for BUSX 460 Professional Experience.
 

“ An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. ”

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)