In place of writing a thesis, MSPS students must complete a 250-hour internship that applies what they have learned in both business and science. Therefore, students may only do their internships near the end of their MSPS studies.
Capstone Internship Requirements
- Completion of at least 21 hours of coursework
- Completion of BCED 6820 Managerial Communication
NEW! Complete the MSPS Internship Placement Form AFTER you have completed 21 hours and BCED 6820.
- Additionally, we STRONGLY recommend students only take one additional class during their internship semester, especially during the summer
Steps For Getting A Great Internship
- Starting your first semester, research companies and institutions that interest you and find out what they are looking for in an employee. Remember: over 70% of MSPS students are offered a position at their place of internship, so this proactive research is critical to your future success and career.
- When you are near completion of your coursework (over 21 hours), complete the online Internship Placement Form. After you submit this form, the MSPS Graduate Coordinator (Carey Snowden) will schedule a meeting with you to develop a search plan.
- The MSPS Graduate Coordinator will a) provide you with a list of companies and contacts available and b) begin forwarding you internship opportunities that companies and institutions send to us. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to find an internship.
- If you still have not secured a position by the middle of the semester before your planned internship, contact your program coordinator for additional support.
NOTE: due to the internship degree requirements for the MSPS programs, the MSPS Graduate Coordinator cannot help students outside of these programs obtain an internship, or help current MSPS students secure jobs/internships outside their BCED 6910 internship. Any internship or job opportunities we receive that do not meet our programs' requirements are forwarded to the appropriate department.
After You Are Offered An Internship Position
The internship course for the MSPS program is BCED 6910, administered by the MSPS Internship Coordinator Dr. Vincent Smith. Once you have been offered a position that meets the internship program guidelines, make sure you complete the following:
- Complete the Student Internship Application form, which includes getting your program coordinator's signature for approval.
- Have your internship employer complete the Employer Data Sheet.
- Submit both to Dr. Vincent Smith.
- Once your application has been accepted, Dr. Smith will allow you to register for BCED 6910.
BCED 6910 Internship Program Course Requirments
- BCED 6910 is a required course for graduation. Its coursework includes your internship employer's evaluations, journal entries, final presentation, and portfolio.
- Internship must be completed within the scope of one semester (see FAQ below regarding starting early). Incompletes are not given for failure to complete required hours within a single semester.
- BCED 6910 requires use of the D2L learning management system.
- Attendance at Internship Presentations (typically on Study Day each semester) is mandatory.
- Once a commitment has been made and approval granted, internship site should not be changed or modified.
Will I also have to write a thesis to obtain an MSPS degree?
No, the internship takes the place of writing a thesis. You will be obtaining "real world"; working experience instead of writing the thesis.
Will the internship be a paid position?
Ideally, the internship will be a paid position, but that is entirely up to the employer.
Can I start my internship before the beginning of the semester?
The internship should begin and end around the same time as an academic semester. You can complete up to 50 hours prior to the start of the semester with approval from Dr. Smith. Completing 50 hours prior to the first day of the semester requires that a student be approved and registered for the course before permission is given.
May I complete an internship at the place I already am employed?
You may complete your internship at the place you currently are employed if it is approved by your program coordinator, Internship Coordinator, and employer. Internships at your place of employment will require a project or duties outside the scope of your current job description and should involve a different supervisor.