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B A 353 Info Session

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BBA Internship and Practicum Courses

All McCombs School of Business undergraduate students are required to successfully complete 3 credits of experiential learning. To satisfy the experiential learning requirement, most students elect to enroll in the internship course, B A 353, while they are performing an internship. Other students elect to enroll in one of many practicum courses offered by McCombs (see the tab called Practicum Courses below). Some students select both options!

Intended Outcomes Include

  • Hands-on experiential learning supervised by faculty and industry professionals
  • Opportunities to put your academic learning into practice
  • Enhanced ability to recognize your preferences and abilities and match them with appropriate career-related choices

COVID-19 UPDATES: Work performed online will be acceptable for internships that occur during spring 2021 and summer 2021.

Resources for Finding an Internship

The BBA Career Management team is dedicated to assisting BBA students in all phases of the internship search, from resume and cover letter writing to suggesting tactics for a successful interview.  There are numerous resources to assist you in securing an internship; however, it is ultimately your responsibility to find an internship. 

Once you secure a professional internship, you must apply to enroll in B A 353 Internship in Business Administration using the McCombs Online Resources (MOR). None of the hours/weeks you may have worked prior to receiving approval to enroll in B A 353 will count toward earning course credit. Accordingly, you should apply to enroll in B A 353 as soon as you receive your offer. Applications to enroll in B A 353 evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Credit cannot be given for an internship you have already completed. 

Suggestions for Getting Started

If you are experiencing difficulty finding an internship, please schedule an appointment with your BBA Career Coach to discuss options for securing an internship.

Enrolling in the B A 353 Internship Course

To enroll in B A 353 while performing an internship, you must follow the procedures in the order listed.

1. Fulfill the Prerequisites

  • Successfully complete 45 hours of college course work.
  • Declare a major in the McCombs School of Business.
  • Take the internship course at least one semester prior to the semester in which you intend to graduate. (This is highly recommended; however, it is not required.)

2. Secure a Professional Internship

Certain types of work experiences are not eligible for course credit, as noted below:

  • Self-employment
  • Work performed in a student's family-owned or family-managed business
  • Work performed for a student-run organization
  • Remote employment (e.g. situations where the student telecommutes, performs door-to-door sales, or otherwise works away from the supervisor and/or outside a professional business setting)
  • Work performed at, or registered to, a private, residential address (instructions for finding the address your employer registered with the state authorities can be found on the FAQ tab)
  • Participation in a political campaign, political action committee (PAC) or lobbying effort (however, working for a seated public servant is acceptable)
  • Training activities (e.g. time spent preparing for insurance and/or securities license exams)

3. Apply to Enroll in B A 353

Use the application on McCombs Online Resources (MOR) to apply to enroll in B A 353.

  • Spring Internship: Applications related to spring semester internships must be submitted by the 10th class day of the spring semester.
  • Summer Internship: Applications related to summer internships must be submitted by late June. See the exact deadline on the tab called "Deadlines". 
  • Fall Internship: Applications related to fall semester internships must be submitted by the 10th class day of the fall semester.

4. Read Your Email

You will receive an email indicating whether your application to enroll in B A 353 was approved or denied. If your application was approved, the email will provide you with registration instructions, the course syllabus, and information about the Information Session. If your application was denied, the email will explain the reason for the denial. You may re-apply at any time.

5. Register for the Internship Course

Once your application is approved, you will receive an email with instructions and a unique number for a B A 353 class. The course will not be added automatically upon approval of your application. Instead, register for B A 353 in the same way you register for other courses. 

  • Spring Internship: Students interning during the spring semester will add B A 353 to their spring semester schedules. 
  • Summer Internship:  Students interning during the summer will add B A 353 to their fall semester schedules.  B A 353 is not offered during the summer. Note: You will not have access to Canvas or the required assignments until you have registered for the course.  For 2020, the deadline to register is Wednesday, July 22.
  • Fall Internship: Students interning during the fall semester will add B A 353 to their fall semester course schedules.

6. Report Your Offer

Report your internship and job offers (both accepted and declined).

    7. Attend the B A 353 Information Session

    You will receive an email with the date, time and location of the information session. During the session, faculty and staff will outline expectations and resources, explain the course requirements, and answer your pre-internship questions.

    • Spring Internship: For students interning during the spring, the meeting will occur on or around the 12th class day of the spring semester.
    • Summer Internship: For students interning during the summer, the meeting will occur toward the end of the preceding spring semester.
    • Fall Internship: For students interning during the fall, the meeting will occur on or around the 12th class day of the fall semester.

    8. Perform Your Internship

    You must work a minimum of 160 hours over the course of at least 6 calendar weeks. (Note: Working 30 consecutive days will not satisfy this requirement.) Any hours worked prior to receiving approval of your internship will not count toward fulfilling this requirement. Any hours worked after the deadline will not count toward fulfilling this requirement. The only hours/weeks that will be counted toward fulfilling this requirement are those that occur between the date of your approval email and the final deadline. You may work part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid.

    9. Submit Assignments on Canvas

    Details will be announced on Canvas. All assignments will be due during the last five weeks prior to the course end date. Each assignment will be based on the readings in the text or activities on MOR. You are welcome to submit the assignments early; however, there will be no opportunity to submit the assignments late. If you fail to submit an assignment on time, or if you earn a score of less than 70% on any assignment, you will fail the course.

    10. Complete Assignments on MOR

    10a. Validate Your Supervisor's Contact Information

    Speak to your supervisor and/or recruiter to determine who will report your time on the job to McCombs. Thereafter, update/validate your B A 353 application on MOR to ensure that the selected person's name and contact information is reflected in the "Supervisor" part of your application. If you forget, you will receive a reminder email approximately three weeks prior to the end of your internship. If you fail to update the information, MOR will not send the Supervisor Survey to your supervisor, and you will earn a failing grade for the course. Even if all of the data in the Internship Tracking System is correct, you must still check the box and click on the Submit button to tell the system that you have reviewed and validated the information.

    10b. Ensure That Your Supervisor Completes the Supervisor Survey

    Two weeks prior to the end of your internship, your supervisor will start receiving emails asking him or her to complete an online Supervisor Survey. In the survey, your supervisor will indicate the number of weeks and hours that you worked. Ensure that your supervisor to completes the survey by the deadline. Do not leave your internship until you are certain the survey has been submitted. You cannot earn course credit without it. If your supervisor has not received the email, please ask her to check her spam/junk mail folder.

    For more information on internship course deadlines, refer to the Deadlines tab (on this site).

    How the Internship Course is Graded

    B A 353 is graded on a pass/fail basis, based on the timely and successful completion of your internship and all B A 353 assignments. Grades will be posted online, along with all of your other course grades, at the end of the semester.  A grade of “CR” will be given to those students who fulfill all of the course requirements.  A grade of “F” will be given if any requirement is not met by its due date. No late work will be accepted. 

    B A 353 Deadlines

                                           Spring 2020       Summer 2020         Fall 2020

    B A 353 information session
    TBD

     TBD

    TBD
    Deadline to apply for B A 353

     2/3/2020

    5:00 p.m.
     6/24/2020

     5:00 p.m.
    9/9/2020

    5:00 p.m.
    Deadline to add B A 353.
    2/5/2020

    5:00 p.m.
     7/22/2020

     5:00 p.m.

    9/11/2020

    5:00 p.m.


    Deadline to accrue hours/weeks toward the 160 hour/6 week requirement.
     4/24/2020
     5:00 pm
     8/7/2020
     5:00 pm
     11/20/2020
     5:00 pm
     

     















    Additional Information for International Students

    International Students 

    If you are an international student in F-1 status, you may be eligible to apply for employment authorization to participate in Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for one internship experience. 

    • Attend the workshop entitled, “International Students, Internships and CPT” or meet with Sara Sanchez, BBA Career Coach, during the semester prior to your internship experience.
    • Upon receiving an internship offer, submit your application to enroll in B A 353
    • Once your application for course credit is approved, fill out the initial CPT application here: https://world.utexas.edu/isss/students/work/cpt. In the field(s) for your Department Contact's contact information, enter the name of the Director of Academic Advising, Lovelys Powell, and his email address, Lovelys.Powell@mccombs.utexas.edu.

    Please note: enrollment in BA 353 cannot be repeated. Accordingly, once you have earned course credit for an internship, regardless of country in which you performed that internship, you cannot receive CPT authorization for another internship. Choose wisely.

    Additional Information for Students Interning Outside the US

    International Travel Requirements

    If you will be performing an internship outside the US, and will be enrolled in B A 353 to earn course credit for your internship, you must register your international travel plans with the University and enroll in the University’s international insurance plan. Instructions are on the International Office website. This action is required because activities that are part of or contribute to an academic course or degree program, including internships, are covered under the Student Travel Policy for International Locations.

    • In the section of the International Travel Request Authorization form that seeks the endorsement of the department chair, record the name (and obtain the signature of) the McCombs Director of Academic Services, Michael Schuetz (CBA 2.400).
    • Your eid will be authorized to register for B A 353 a day or two after you receive an email entitled “Final Travel Authorization” from the University’s International Office.

    Exceptions for Residents and Study Abroad Students

    If you are a citizen of the country where you will be interning, you may opt out of purchasing travel insurance. However, you must still complete the International Travel Request Authorization form, as described above, to report your travel plans to the University.

    If you sourced your internship through the University’s International Office, your travel plans are already known to the University. Rather than using any of the links above, please email the University’s Study Abroad Internship Coordinator (international.internships@austin.utexas.edu) and ask them to email Michael Schuetz (michael.schuetz@mccombs.utexas.edu) and Yesenia Sanchez (yesenia.sanchez@mccombs.utexas.edu) in the BBA Program Office, confirming that you have completed all of your pre-departure requirements.

    iMPA Students

    iMPA Internship Requirement Options

    All students in the integrated MPA (iMPA) program are required to perform one internship. You have the option of using either the undergraduate B A 353 course to satisfy the degree requirement, or one of the graduate courses (ACC 391C or ACC 691C).

    If you earn credit for B A 353, you are not required to perform another internship to also earn credit for ACC 391C or ACC 691C. However, you may choose to perform an additional internship if you wish. In this case, the B A 353 course would count as a free elective toward the BBA degree and the ACC 391C or ACC 691C would count as a graduate elective toward the MPA degree.

    Internships Before iMPA Admission

    If you perform an internship during the summer before you are admitted into the iMPA program, you may submit an application to enroll in B A 353. If you are then admitted into the iMPA program, you can choose to continue your enrollment in B A 353 and receive academic credit, or, assuming you satisfactorily completed the internship, you can drop the course and not receive credit.  If you choose to drop the course, you must notify the BBA Internship Program Director  (see the "Contact Us" tab on this page) prior to doing so.

    Internships After iMPA Admission

    The majority of iMPA students intern during the spring semester of their fourth year and enroll in either ACC 391C or ACC 691C. If you choose this option, you would enroll in two MPA-specific accelerated courses in addition to the internship course. During the semester of your internship, you would earn 9 to 12 credit hours, which would allow you to maintain full-time status even though you would still be listed as an undergraduate student.

    Practicum Courses

    While they are not intended to take the place of a professional internship experience, there are several business practicum courses that will satisfy the internship requirement:

    • ACC 366P Accounting Practicum (Spring only)
    • FIN 366P Financial Analyst Program Practicum
    • MAN 337 New Venture Practicum
    • MAN 347P Entrepreneurship Practicum
    • MAN 366P Management Practicum; Social Entrepreneurship I (Fall only)
    • MAN 367P Social Entrepreneurship II (Spring only)
    • MAN 369P Social Innovation
    • MKT 366P Marketing Practicum 
    • OM 366P Operations Management Practicum 

    These courses should not be your first choice for fulfilling the internship requirement, as it is not possible to guarantee your admission into any of them.  Some practicum courses require an intensive application and interview process, which can take place up to one year in advance of the actual course.  Additionally, these courses may not give you the same type of work experience you would get from a professional internship.

    If you take one of these alternate courses to satisfy the internship requirement, contact your BBA Academic Advisor to override your degree audit to reflect this substitution.  Do not apply for internship course credit; do not submit an application in MOR.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does my internship have to be a paid position?

    No. Your internship can be paid or unpaid. Please refer to the US Department of Labor’s Fact Sheet #71 regarding internship requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act. 90% of the McCombs students in B A 353 are paid during their internships. Of those who are not paid, most are interning in non-profit or government organizations. 

    How do I get my internship approved for course credit?

    Apply to enroll in B A 353 on MOR. To ensure that all of your work hours will count toward earning course credit, apply for the internship course after you have secured an internship, but before you begin working. 

    How do I know if my internship will work for the internship course?

    Apply to enroll in B A 353 and await the decision. The turnaround time is typically within 48 hours.

    Are there any internships that will not be approved?

    Certain types of work experiences are not eligible for course credit, as noted below:

    • Self-employment
    • Work performed in a student's family-owned or family-managed business
    • Work performed for a student-run organization
    • Remote employment (e.g. situations where the student telecommutes, performs door-to-door sales, or otherwise works away from the supervisor and/or outside a professional business setting)
    • COVID-19 UPDATES: Work performed online will be acceptable for internships that occur during the spring and summer of 2020.
    • Work performed in a private home
    • Work performed for a business that is registered to a private residential address. To identify the address your employer reported to the state authorities, visit https://mycpa.cpa.state.tx.us/coa/ for businesses operating in Texas, or https://businesssearch.sos.ca.gov/ for businesses operating in California, or https://appext20.dos.ny.gov/corp_public/CORPSEARCH.ENTITY_SEARCH_ENTRY for businesses operating in New York. For businesses operating in other states, google “Statename taxable entity search.”
    • Participation in a political campaign, PAC or lobbying effort (however, working for a seated public servant is acceptable)
    • Training activities (e.g. time spent preparing for insurance and/or securities license exams)

      I will be taking more than 17 hours…what do I need to do?

      The registration system allows you to register for a maximum of 17 hours in a fall or spring semester, however the McCombs School of Business will increase this number if you need to add B A 353. Contact your BBA Academic Adviser for permission to enroll in more than 17 hours. If you don't know who your academic adviser is, please contact the BBA Program Office at 512-471-0690.

      Why can’t I add the course, even though my application was approved?

      First, wait a day or two. It may take a bit of time for your UTEID to be entered into the registration system, thereby authorizing you to add B A 353 to your schedule. Second, make sure you are trying to add the unique number for which you were approved. Third, ensure that you are registering for 17 or fewer hours, or have permission to register for more than 17 hours. If you have followed these three steps and still can't register, contact the BBA Internship Program Director (See the Contacts tab for details.)

      My application was denied…what do I do?

      If your application to enroll in B A 353 was denied, you will receive an email explaining why it was denied. Please read the email and proceed accordingly. It may be as simple as correcting a typing error and re-submitting your application. However, it may be necessary to secure an entirely different internship. If so, you can submit a new application at any time. If you have questions, contact the BBA Internship Program Director (See the Contacts tab for details.)

      My internship was approved, but I’m not going to do it.  What’s next?

      You are required to comply with the BBA Career Management Code of Ethics. If you have already accepted an offer and wish to change your mind and/or quit your position, contact Morgan Medina, Director of Career Education & Coaching for BBA, BEFORE you act.

      When does the class meet?

      B A 353 is an online course. The class meets face-to-face only once, during the B A 353 Information Session. See the Deadlines tab for details. 

      What is the Supervisor Survey?

      To ensure that you earn course credit for your internship, your supervisor will be asked to document the dates and hours you worked. This will occur using a secure, online survey. Access will be emailed to your supervisor two weeks prior to the end of your internship. If your supervisor does not complete the survey by the deadline, you will fail B A 353. This is an opportunity for you to learn how to manage the manager!

      Your supervisor is also provided the opportunity to evaluate your performance on the survey. However, the evaluation portion of the survey is optional. 

      My supervisor never received the email about a survey.  What should I do?

      If you failed to update your supervisor’s contact information in MOR, the system will not email the Supervisor Survey request to your supervisor, and you will fail B A 353. Even if you know that the supervisor contact information in the system is correct, you must still log into MOR, check the box, and click "Submit", to validate your supervisor’s contact information by the deadline. If you have issues or questions, contact the BBA Internship Program Director (See the Contacts tab for details.)

      Why haven’t I received any emails?

      Be sure that you are checking the email address that is on file with the university. Verify and/or update your email address through UT Direct

      When should I do an internship?

      You can complete an internship at any time during your academic career. In fact, the earlier you get started and the more experience you gain, the better. However, you can use only one internship toward the degree requirement. Just in case issues arise, it is recommended that you do not perform your required internship during your final semester at McCombs.

      I changed BBA majors.  Do I need to complete another internship?

      No; the B A 353 internship course satisfies the degree requirement for all undergraduate business majors.

      What if I get fired or want to quit?

      If you experience any problem(s) in your internship or with your employer, please immediately contact Lindsey Watson, BBA Career Management Director of Employer Relations. She can help you understand your options and will assist you with the issue(s). Be aware that quitting an internship without first speaking with BBA Career Management can have serious academic consequences.

      If you do leave your internship, no matter what the reason, notify the BBA Internship Program Director so she can update MOR. This will enable you to apply to enroll in B A 353 in the future.

      Help, my employer is doing something illegal or inappropriate!  What do I do?

      If you have any issues or problems during the course of your internship, please immediately contact Lindsey Watson, Director of Employer Relations for assistance. We will work with you and we want you to be in a comfortable/safe work environment.

      My company needs a form signed.  Who should sign it?

      University of Texas at Austin faculty and staff are not able to sign any company forms. Instead, the BBA Program Office (BPO) Academic Advisors offer a standard letter. To request the letter, stop by the BPO (CBA 2.400) and sign a "Release of Information" letter allowing your adviser to discuss your degree information in the letter. The letter will indicate that your work experience with the company has been approved for internship course credit.

      Internship Contacts

      For all questions relating to academic credit and the internship course, B A 353, contact the Director of the BBA Internship Program, Heidi Toprac.

      For all questions related to employers and the employer/intern relationship, contact the Director of Career Education & Coaching for BBA, Morgan Medina.