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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: 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: International students must consult with CISS (STU 350) to determine requirements and eligibility for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT). Present the signed CPT form and offer letter to CISS, who will process the new I-20 in 3-5 business days

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 of Business, 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 CISS for more information about Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT)