ENTR 497 - Internship Guidelines
An approved internship is required for completion of the Concentration in Entrepreneurial Leadership. Internships are designed to provide benefits to both students and business or not-for-profit partners. Interns gain valuable practical experience in applying concepts and analytical tools from their curriculum. In addition, they may receive academic credit, wages, and increase their marketability and productivity in the job market. Internship partners receive highly capable and dedicated students and exposure to current academic expertise, fresh ideas and different perspectives.
The Ideal Internship
The ideal internship is one in which the student applies concepts and analytical tools from her/his curriculum in an entrepreneurial context. Entrepreneurial contexts could be for-profit or not-for-profit organizations that are start-ups, new ventures, or established companies that are considering or creating new business ventures. A new venture division in a large company may also apply. Entrepreneurial contexts would also include consulting companies, venture capital companies and other organizations that evaluate or provide services for new ventures. Ideally, for example, an engineering student would apply engineering and entrepreneurship skills in a start-up or new venture.
Eligibility and Credit Hours
Students with junior-level standing are eligible to apply for internships; applications can be submitted any time throughout the year, but must be submitted prior to beginning the internship. Internships in the Hogan Program can be taken on a zero (0) to three (3) credit basis. The general guideline for any internship to satisfy Hogan Program requirements is approximately 180 hours worked (full-time or part-time), regardless of the number of academic credits for which the student is registered. Students must register and pay for any credits in the semester in which the majority of the 180 hours is performed. All internships are graded on a satisfactory/non-satisfactory (S/NS) basis.
Students may take more than one internship while at Gonzaga, but a maximum of three credits of internship will count towards the requirements for the Entrepreneurial Leadership Concentration. Up to three additional credits can be counted towards the general electives for business students. Students in other majors should consult their advisors to determine whether the ENTR 497 or additional internship credits can be substituted for requirements in their major or minor. All internships, including those for zero-credit, are included on the transcript and indicate additional practical experience in the field of study.
Finding an Internship
Finding the right internship is primarily the student's responsibility, with the support of the Hogan Program Assistant Director.
Students should complete and submit an Internship Interest Form near the end of their sophomore year to guide the Hogan staff in finding or creating meaningful internships. If the student has a specific company or project in mind, the student should work directly with the company or organization and the Program Assistant Director to develop an internship proposal. Students should review the list of companies interested in interns supplied by the Hogan Program Assistant Director. Other possible sources include:
SBA Internship site (for business students only)
Gonzaga's Career Center (for all students)
Contact the Hogan Program Assistant Director any time to explore internship opportunities and initiate the application process. Planning ahead will enhance the chances for the best possible placement.
Students are required to complete the Internship Approval Form and obtain the required signatures from the Program Director, their advisor, and the company/organization supervisor prior to beginning the internship. If not pre-approved, students run the risk of engaging in an internship that will not be accepted for ENTR 497 credit.
The student takes the completed form to the Program Assistant Director who will submit it to the Registrar's Office. Once processed, the form is then forwarded to Student Accounts.
Requirements for Completing an Internship
All students, regardless of the number of credits (0-3), are expected to:
Document dates and times spent on the internship. Keeping a journal is highly recommended.
Upon completion of the internship, have your direct supervisor in the host organization complete a performance evaluation using the Supervisor Evaluation Form and submit it to the Hogan Program Assistant Director (the supervisor must also verify the dates and times the student worked on the internship).
Upon completion of the internship, submit a three to five page Internship Report, covering the following topics, to the Hogan Program Assistant Director. This report will be graded by the Hogan Program Director.
a. Brief description of company or organization,
b. Description of your project/role and your specific tasks and responsibilities,
c. Explanation of the specific application of concepts and/or analytical tools
from your academic curriculum (Entrepreneurial Leadership Concentration
d. The specific lessons learned from the internship experience,
e. A summary of the value you added to the company/organization.
All internship requirements should be completed and submitted to the Hogan Program Assistant Director within four weeks of completing the internship. An IP (In Progress) grade will be assigned until the work is received and graded. IP grades do not show up on your transcript but are simply replaced by the letter (S/NS) grade assigned.
Students enrolled in a fall semester internship must have all requirements satisfied by the end of fall term to avoid receiving an "IP" (In-Progress). If you received an IP grade, you have until the last day of the following spring semester to complete the requirements and avoid receiving an "NS" (Not Satisfactory).
Students enrolled in a spring internship must have all requirements satisfied by the end of the spring term to avoid receiving an "IP" (In-Progress). If you receive an IP you have until August 15 to complete the requirements or you receive an "NS".
Students enrolled in a summer internship must have all requirements satisfied by Aug 15 to avoid receiving an "IP" (In-Progress). If you receive an IP you have until the end of fall semester to complete the requirements or you receive an "NS".