Every business major completes an internship as a graduation requirement. This practical, hands-on work strengthens resumes, confirms career interests, and often leads to full-time employment.  Most internships are well paid.  Students can earn up to four units of academic credit.  A majority of internships are completed in the summer but some occur during the school year.  Internships are available in accounting, finance, information systems, law, management, marketing, and general business operations at a variety of organizations, including large corporations, small businesses, federal/state governments, hospitals, and other nonprofits. 

Internship Process

Internship Instructions: Step-by-step guidelines that should be read and followed carefully.


  1. Internship Pre-Approval Form (online form): Due before internship registration to ensure it will qualify.
  2. Handshake Profile:  When you have received pre-approval, create your profile on Handshake, the website used to register your internship.
  3. Internship Registration: Contact Heidi in the Student Development Center (509.527.2664) for a short review on how to register.  Then register via Handshake.  You do not register for internships like you do for other classes; rather, your registration in Handshake will be used by the Registrar to automatically enroll in you in the internship.  Note that financial clearance is required in order to finalize registration.
  4. Learning Objectives Form (Word file):  Due no later than two weeks from the internship start date.
  5. Weekly Progress Report (Excel file):  Due at 60 hours and 120 hours of documented experience.
  6. Self-Evaluation Form (Word file):  Due at end of internship.
  7. Employer Evaluation: Done mid-term and at the end via Handshake and facilitated by the Student Development Center.  Although interns do not need to do anything for this step, they may need to remind/encourage supervisors to complete the evaluations.

Questions?  Read the detailed instructions here or contact Dr. Toews, Dean and Faculty Advisor for all business-related internships.

Need help finding an internship?  The School of Business notifies students regularly via email of the internship opportunities available and the internship interviews scheduled.  In addition, students can receive help from the Student Development Center (Internships for Academic Credit) located on the lower level of Village Hall. Contact the SDC at, (509) 527-2313), and sign up for help either by completing an Internship Interest Form or by contacting the SDC directly.  For a current list of internship opportunities through the SDC, login to Handshake

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