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Internships & Directed Study

Obtaining an Internship

Step 1: Review the Internship Policies & Requirements governing internships for credit to determine eligibility

Step 2: Review the available internships. Career Services advisors are available for appointments to discuss the internship options

Step 3: Complete the Internship for Credit form

Step 4: Schedule an advising appointment with an academic advisor to review academic qualifications

Step 5: Meet with the appropriate Internship Coordinator to obtain permission

Note for International students: You must consult with the Center for International Students and Scholars (Student Center 350) to determine requirements and eligibility for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT). They should bring the signed CPT form and offer letter to CISS, who will process the new I-20 in 3-5 business days

    Internship for Credit Form

    Internship Policies & Requirements

    General Policies & Requirements

    • All required work for an internship must be completed during the term of registration
    • Students are expected to work 20 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks, unless otherwise noted
    • Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0, unless otherwise noted
    • Graduate assistants must obtain permission to register for an internship course. Please email Associate Dean Alina Chircu or bring the form to Morison 305
    • Entire application process, including faculty submission of student information to Registrar, must be completed no later than the add/drop deadline of each semester
    • Any courses dropped to accommodate internship course registration beyond the add/drop deadline of each semester are subject to published refund deadlines
    • Regular withdrawal deadlines and penalties apply once the student has been registered for the internship course through the Registrar’s Office
    • Regular grade reporting deadlines apply

    Program-specific Requirements

      Emerging Leaders MBA and Masters/MBA

      Must complete at least two semesters in the Emerging Leaders MBA or Masters/MBA program

      Evening/Professional MBA

      Must complete all MBA foundation courses, plus two additional courses

      Masters in Accounting
      • Completion of nine credit hours of accounting courses at the 600 -level or higher, and two semesters of grad coursework at Bentley or demonstrated academic understanding of accounting from undergraduate studies, at an intermediate or higher level
      • Must provide the names of two Master of Accounting faculty references
      • Must have a 3.0 GPA overall and in all accounting courses
      • May only do one one-credit internship and one three-credit internship in the Master of Accounting program
      Masters in Business Analytics

      May only do one one-credit internship and one three-credit internship in the Master of Business Analytics program.

      Masters in Digital Innovation

      May only do one one-credit internship and one three-credit internship in the Master in Digital Innovation program.

      Masters in Finance

      Must complete at least two FI courses at the 600-level or higher.

      Masters in Marketing Analytics
      • Must complete at least two MK courses at the 600-level or higher for the three-credit internship.
      • May only do one one-credit internship and one three-credit internship in the Master of Marketing Analytics program
      Directed Study

      Students are limited to taking no more than two of the following to satisfy elective or concentration requirements: Global Business Experience courses, field-based directed study courses or credit-bearing internships. Individual programs may have further restrictions. Consult with a program director for details.

      Preparation for Directed Study

      Students interested in pursuing a directed study must prepare a syllabus in collaboration with the faculty member who will be supervising the directed study.

      The syllabus should include the following:

      • A brief description of the investigation
      • Goals and objectives for the investigation
      • A required readings bibliography
      • Explanation of course deliverables
      • Percentage attributed to each course deliverable
      • Timeline for course deliverables and course completion
      • Faculty evaluation methods for deliverables

      Students must also complete a Directed Study Petition and submit the proposed syllabus with the petition.

      Once complete, supervising faculty and department chairs will be required to sign off on the merit of the proposal. If approved, the student will be registered for the approved course.

      Deadlines for Directed Study

      • Requests for directed study must be submitted by the first day of the semester that the course will be taken.
      • Approval must be granted prior to beginning the study.

      Cost of Directed Study

      • Current tuition is charged for each directed study.

      Transcript Notation for Directed Study

      • These courses will be recorded on the transcript with a notation of the topic investigated along with a corresponding course number assigned by an academic department.
      Three-Credit Internships

      Field-Based Learning

      Field-based learning is an important part of the graduate curriculum allowing students to gain valuable industry experience and networking opportunities. Students can explore interests, and use knowledge gained from coursework in their work environment.

      Field-based options include

      • Internships
      • Courses with fieldwork projects
      • Global Business Experience courses

      Students are, however, limited to taking no more than two of the following to satisfy elective or concentration requirements:

      • Credit-bearing internships
      • Field-based directed studies
      • Global Business Experience courses

      A three-credit internship is subject to the policies governing field-based learning

      • All required work for an internship must be completed during the term of registration
      • MS and MBA students may only take a total of two field-based learning courses
      • Dual Degree students may take a total of three field-based learning courses. However, only one field-based learning course can be shared across masters and MBA degrees
      • A three-credit internship experience cannot be used to extend a one-credit internship; students completing both must clearly distinguish the two in terms of work responsibility and supervision
      • A student may not take a one credit and three credit internship in the same semester

      Course Prerequisites

      AC 701 Internship in Accounting Practice

      Prerequisites: 3 AC courses at the 600-level or higher
      Note: Students are expected to work 35 hours per week for a minimum of eight weeks

      CS 701 Internship in Information Technology

      Prerequisites: Not open to MSIT/MSDI students, they take CS 881

      CS 881 CIS Internship

      Prerequisites for MSIT/MSDI students: CS 602 and CS 605

      EC 701 Internship in Business Economics

      Prerequisites: none

      ETH 701 Internship in Business Ethics

      FI 701 Internship in Finance

      Prerequisites: 2 FI courses at the 600-level or higher
      Note: Students must work a minimum of 200 hours

      FP 781 Internship in Financial Planning Practice

      Prerequistes: 2 FP courses at the 600-level or higher
      Note: Students are expected to work 35 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks

      HF 790 Internship in Human Factors in Information Design

      Prerequisites: HF 700 and HF 750
      Note: Students are expected to work a minimum of 120 hours across one term

      IPM 701 Internship in Information Process Management

      Prerequisites: IPM 652 or GR 602

      MG 701 Internship in Management

      Prerequistes: none
      Note: Students are expected to work a minimum of 200 hours across one term

      MK 701 Internship in Marketing Practice

      Prerequisites: 2 MK courses at the 600-level or higher
      Note: Students are expected to work 12 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks

      ST 701 Internship in Business Data Analysis

      Prerequisites: ST 635
      Note: Students are expected to work 15 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks

      TX 781 Internship in Tax Practice

      Prerequisites: 2 TX courses at the 600-level or higher
      Note: Work 35 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks

      One-Credit Internships

        One-credit internship are subject to the following policies

        • All required work for an internship must be completed during the term of registration
        • Students are limited to a single one-credit internship
        • A one-credit internship experience cannot be used to extend a three-credit internship; students completing both must clearly distinguish the two in terms of work responsibility and supervision
        • All one-credit internships are 500-level courses; students should consult program guides for degree requirements
        • A student may not take a one credit and three credit internship in the same semester

        Course Prerequisites

        AC 590 Internship in Accounting Practic
        Note: Students must work a minimum of 15 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks 

        CS 590 Internship in Information Technology
        Note: Students must work a minimum of 120 hours

        FI 590 Internship in Finance
        Note: Students must work a minimum of 200 hours

        FP 590 Internship in Financial Planning Practice
        Note: Students must work a minimum of 15 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks

        HF 590 Internship in HFID
        Note: Students must work a minimum of 120 hours

        IPM 590 Internship in Information Process Management
        Note: Students must work a minimum of 120 hours

        MG 590 Internship in Management
        Note: Students must work a minimum of 200 hours

        MK590 Internship in Marketing
        Note: Students must work a minimum of 120 hours

        ST 590 Internship in Statistics
        Note: Students must work a minimum of 120 hours

        TX 590 Internship in Tax Practice
        Note: Students must work a minimum of 15 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks

        International Students

        • International students must meet immigration regulations in order to complete an internship
        • A student in F-1 status at Bentley is eligible to participate in practical training after he/she has completed one full academic year (fall and spring semesters) of full-time study in a valid visa status immediately prior to the CPT experience
        • During the Academic Year (Fall/Spring Semesters), CPT cannot be the only course a student with an F1 visa takes in their final semester; they must also register for an in-person, degree-counting course
        • Please visit the Center for International Students and Scholars (CISS) website for more information about credit-bearing internships or Curricular Practical Training (CPT)