Internship Academic Credit

At Walton, we recognize the importance of practical experience in enhancing our students’ academic journeys. To connect classroom learning with real-world application, we offer the opportunity to earn academic credit for internships. Our internship program is designed to provide a comprehensive and enriching educational experience.

Students pursuing an internship as part of their degree plan must enroll in a corresponding internship class, as recommended by their advisor.

Note: While you don’t need to be enrolled in an internship class to participate in an internship, those seeking academic credit must complete this step.

Each internship application undergoes a thorough vetting process to ensure it meets university standards and degree requirements and is verified by the internship employer. Instructions for applying and information about each internship class are provided below.

To apply for an internship, you need to provide basic student information and detailed information about your internship experience.

Academic eligibility will be verified after your internship is verified- eligibility and class specifics can be found below.

For Specific Courses:

  • BUSI 310V and SCMT 31003: Provide your company supervisor’s name and email for internship verification.
  • BUSI 320V: Provide your program provider’s name and email and upload your program acceptance letter.
  • ACCT 310V and ACCT 535V: Upload your signed offer letter for verification.

Fall 2024:

  • Opens: June 11, 2024, at 8:00 a.m.
  • Closes: August 12, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.

Important: Internship credit cannot be applied retroactively. Credit and hours are only earned during the semester of enrollment.  

  • Enrollment Process: Once approved, an advisor will enroll you in the internship course.
  • Enrollment Confirmation: You will receive an email confirming your enrollment. If there are issues or your application is denied, you will also be notified by email.
  • Processing Time: Enrollment may take up to 6 weeks after the majority of student enrollment days have passed.
  • Application Denial: Denials typically occur due to incomplete responses, insufficient internship details, or the internship not qualifying for credit. You will be notified by email.
  • Supervisor Notification: For BUSI 310V, BUSI 320V, and SCMT 31003 your supervisor will receive an email from automation@app.smartsheet.com to verify your internship. Inform them to check their inbox and spam folders for this email.

Additional Information

  • Credit Hours: Earn up to 3 credit hours per semester, with a total of 6 credit hours of internship credit.
  • Application Denials: Appeals can be made to Walton’s internship coordinator, Madison Stueve (mstueve@walton.uark.edu).
  • Course Fees: Regular course fees apply.
  • International Students: Contact the ISS office for CPT authorization before beginning employment: ISS Office CPT Authorization.
  • Assignments: Internship courses have assignments and deadlines like other classes.

Internship Class Options

Our internship course for all Walton majors offers academic credit for business-related internships that align with a students’ degree and career objectives. Eligible internships should involve meaningful projects, relate to business concepts, and require students to be actively pursuing their degrees.

Other requirements include:

  • Completed at least 60 hours and all pre-business core courses
  • Cumulative University of Arkansas GPA of at least 2.5
  • 2.5 GPA in the previous full-semester of enrollment

Credit Hour Breakdown:

  • 1 credit hour = Requires at least 120 cumulative hours of work
  • 2 credit hours = Requires at least 180 cumulative hours of work
  • 3 credit hours = Requires at least 240 cumulative hours of work

Additional:

  • If you are completing an internship within an international branch of a domestic company for your BSIB requirements, you will need to speak with the advising office to ensure it shows up on your degree plan
  • If you are using the course toward your minor, the internship needs to be directly related to your minor and will need to be added to your degree plan as credit toward your minor by the advising office

Our international internship course offers academic credit for business-related internships that align with a students’ degree and career objectives, while being completed abroad through a university sanctioned study abroad experience. Eligible internships should involve meaningful projects, relate to business concepts, and placement is facilitated by the University Study Abroad office: studyabroad.uark.edu

Credit Hour Breakdown:

  • 1 credit hour = Requires at least 120 cumulative hours of work
  • 2 credit hours = Requires at least 180 cumulative hours of work
  • 3 credit hours = Requires at least 240 cumulative hours of work

Other requirements include:

  • Completed at least 60 hours and all pre-business core courses
  • Cumulative University of Arkansas GPA of at least 2.5
  • 2.5 GPA in the previous full-semester of enrollment

Basics of obtaining an abroad internship for credit:

  • Meet with the Study Abroad office 6-12 months before you’d like to intern abroad
  • Attend a StudyAbroad 101 meeting
  • Apply for the program you are interested in
  • Receive placement and meet with study abroad office to confirm travel plans and course enrollments
  • Apply to take BUSI 320V
  • Take the class!

Important: Study abroad internships count toward the BSIB degree plan’s required international experience

For Supply Chain Majors: This course is a graduation requirement. To be eligible for academic credit, internships must:

  • Include meaningful projects and relate to business concepts.
  • Require active pursuit of your degree.
  • Directly involve a role within the supply chain.

Academic Eligibility for SCMT 31003 is the same as all other Walton 3000/4000 level courses, it is contingent on the completion of the Pre-Business Core.

Students also must be completed with their pre business core prior to being eligible to enroll in the course.

If you are having trouble obtaining your supply chain internship, you should schedule a coaching appointment with a Walton career coach and look at our Job/Internship searching page.

Eligibility for Accounting Internship Courses:

  • Completed pre-business core and obtained at least 60 hours of credit
  • Hold a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Hold a GPA of 2.75 or higher for accounting coursework

Enrollment prioritization will be given to students who have completed a minimum of 12 hours of upper division accounting courses.

Additional Information:

  • Most accounting internships are held in the spring semester and consist of 8 weeks of consecutive full time work
  • Accounting internships can be taken for ACCT 310V credit in spring or summer and are expected to be full time for 6-8 weeks, part time opportunities or fall internships can receive BUSI 310V credit
  • An offer letter from your interning company must be uploaded to your application before it can be reviewed by Dr. Barry Bryan, the accounting internship coordinator

The Venture Intern Program is the only internship course application that is not managed by Walton Career Connections. Deadlines and other requirements are not in line with the rest of Walton internship courses. All questions and applications should be directed to Jason Riley, Program Manager of Venture Internships (JRiley@walton.uark.edu). More information on venture and the application can be found here.

Eligibility:

  • be a currently enrolled junior or senior at the University of Arkansas
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (Applications who do not meet this GPA threshold but who have other exceptional qualifications may be considered.)
  • be willing and eligible to enroll in a minimum of one credit hour of co-op credit in their respective colleges

Applications will be considered only during an active application period for the Venture Intern Program.  Applications will generally open in early to mid-September for the spring semester and in May for the fall semester.  Students who have participated in a prior semester are eligible to apply again.