Internships for Academic Credit

You’ve acquired business skills and knowledge in the classroom. Now you are ready to apply those skills to the business world in an applied learning experience such as an internship. To facilitate this, the College of Business Administration has a well-established internship program that brings employers, faculty and students together to provide students with meaningful work experiences.

Graduate students: If you are interested in pursuing credit for an internship, especially for visa or CPT compliance, please contact faculty in your academic department to pursue an independent study course.

1-Credit BUAD Internship

Relevant for freshmen, sophomores and international students.

Consider the BUAD 1986 Internship course if:

  1. You have secured an internship and your employer requires that you earn academic credit
  2. You are an international student on a F-1 Visa and need to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

BUAD 1986 / 2986 is a 1-credit course sequence that will enable a student to fulfill needs above.  The lower level business credit will not fulfill any graduation requirements (graduation checklist items).  It will count toward a student’s total number of credits earned at Marquette University. 

3-Credit Internship (3986)

Relevant for juniors and seniors interning full-time during the summer or part-time during the academic year.

Most majors: completion of the introductory course in the major in which the student will intern (most are XXXX 3001), and a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher.

Real Estate and Finance majors: completion of REAL 3001 (Real Estate) or FINA 3001 (Finance), cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and the internship must be paid.

Once you receive an offer for an internship position, an Internship Approval Form must be completed describing the responsibilities, number of hours required and the length of the internship. Internship Directors in each major determine if the internship will aid in the education of the student in respect to the student's major.

Approved internships earn 3 credits - - to receive credit students must have the internship approved at the beginning of the work experience. Students earn 3 credits upon successful completion of 240 hours of work experience. It is not necessary that an internship be completed within one academic semester. You may choose which semester you apply your credits. Credit will not be given for any work done prior to the internship being approved; hours will not be applied retroactive to approval.

To receive academic credit for the internship, the student must provide an interim and final report which demonstrates the learning that has taken place. INTE students are required to make a class presentation in lieu of a final report. All internship courses are graded on an S/U basis only. Internships count as an elective in the respective major. Internship credits for economics majors and those under general business (BUAD) are applied as a general business elective and do not fulfill requirements for any major. Students beginning at Marquette in Fall 2015 or after with majors in INTE and OSCM may earn internship credit but it will not count as an elective for their major.  Students beginning in Fall 2016 or after with majors in INTE, OSCM and MARK may earn internship credit but it will not count as an elective for their major.

Final evaluation documents will be completed by both the student and employer.

Apply for academic internship credit now with our For-Credit Internship Application Form

3-Credit Full-Time Internship (3987)

Relevant for juniors and seniors interning full-time during the academic year.

College of Business Administration juniors and seniors may apply to earn credit for a full-time internship they will complete during an academic semester, similar to a co-op. The full-time internship for credit process is separated into two courses. The first course is a zero-credit course, BUAD 3987. The BUAD 3987 course holds your full-time status as a Marquette University student, requiring students to complete 480 work hours.

During the semester in which you are enrolled in BUAD 3987, you will not be charged tuition and will not pay student services fees. As a result, you will not have access to the Student Medical Clinic or the UPASS program.

The semester after completing their internships, students enroll in the second course. The second course is a 3-credit course within the department where a student will be earning elective credit (MARK 4986, FINA 4986, etc). The 4986 course is considered in students’ tuition, so students are encouraged to enroll in this course during a term when they will not exceed 19 total credits. 

3-Credit ACCO Internship

Eligibility: Accounting major with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. By the start of the internship, students must have senior standing (90 credits completed) and must have completed ACCO 3001 - Intermediate Accounting, ACCO 4000 - Accounting Communications, ACCO 4020 - Advanced Accounting, ACCO 4010 - Individual Income Tax, and ACCO 4050 - Accounting Information Systems. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for an ACCO internship, students are encouraged to consider BUAD 3986/4986 credit.

For additional eligibility and course information, please review the appropriate checklist below:

Matching Program Internships: Students who are offered an internship through the Matching Program are automatically approved for ACCO credit.

Self-Found ACCO Internships:

  • Review the Student and Position Eligibility Requirements on the Self Found Internship Checklist to see if you qualify
  • If you meet the qualifications, complete the online internship form
  • Attach your Job Description to the online internship form
  • After completing the steps above, Business Career Center staff and Mr. Michael Browne will review your application and will provide a response about your internship’s eligibility for ACCO credit within 2-4 business days.  If your internship is approved, you will receive a permission number for the internship course.


Internships benefit you in a variety of ways.

They help you to:

  • Gain exposure to business problems and challenges that go beyond the classroom
  • Develop resume-enhancing experiences that demonstrate that you can apply the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired in the classroom
  • Fund your education, if it is a paid internship
  • Increase your self-confidence
  • Expand your network of associates and professionals in the work force
  • Strengthen your marketability to employers since students who have internships typically receive more job offers prior to graduation and earn a higher starting salary