Internships and Co-ops

Academic Credit

The RBS Internship and Co-Op program for credit is open to RBS undergraduate students on the Newark campus. The internship and Co-Op course is for academic credit during the Fall, Spring, and Summer Sessions. Eligible internship and co-op positions can be either paid or unpaid.

PLEASE NOTE: Each internship or co-op for which you are seeking to get credit MUST be with a different employer and in a different semester. You are eligible to get up to 9 credits through this program (for up to 3 separate internships OR 1 internship and 1 co-op).

To apply, go to the single sign-on link in BusinessKnight, found here: https://shibboleth-businessknight-csm.symplicity.com/sso/

Once you login, click on the Experiential Learning Tab on the left side navigation bar on BusinessKnight. Next, click on the “Add New Experience” to complete the electronic application.

Before applying for an RBS Internship or Co-Op for credit

  1. Students need to have either completed at least 24 credits toward their degree and 12 credits must be earned at Rutgers. They also need to have completed at least 1 semester at Rutgers with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher prior to the start of the internship or co-op. (Please note: The Supply Chain Department does not require a minimum GPA.)
  2. Students need to have the intro course of the related internship or Co-Op completed (and passed with a grade of at least a “C”) before they can be registered for the credits related to that internship or Co-Op. See below for the courses that need to be completed in order to be eligible for the relevant internship or Co-Op credit:
  • Accounting 29: 010:203 & 204
  • Finance 29: 390:329
  • MIS 29:623:220
  • Marketing 29:630:301
  • Management 29:620:301
  • Supply Chain 29:799:301

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Internship?

An internship is an opportunity to gain real world experience, for those looking to explore or gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to enter into a particular career field. An internship is shorter in duration.

What is a Co-Op?

Co-Op or Cooperative Education is a structured method of integrating classroom learning with practical work experience related to your career goals. A Co-Op is longer in duration.

Why should I participate?

  • Gain real work experience and explore career fields in a professional environment
  • Develop industry-specific and professional skills that can be presented on a résumé
  • Build professional networking contacts

What should I consider in pursuing an internship or Co-Op?

  • Consider your goals and the types of career options that you would like to explore
  • What specific organizations or companies would you like to target?
  • Where would you like to be geographically?
  • Is being paid a requirement?
  • How much time can I commit?

What are the requirements to get credit for an internship or co-op?

Internship Guidelines (Spring, Summer or Fall Timeframe)

  • Completion of at least 24 credits towards your degree OR declared major with junior status
  • Completion of at least 12 Rutgers credits prior to starting an internship
  • Completion of the introductory level course in your major with a grade of “C’ or higher
  • GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • At least 15 hours per week and a total of at least 130 hours over the internship period
  • Minimum duration of at least 8 continuous weeks
  • Three (3) credits will be awarded upon successful completion of the internship. These credits will be used to meet RBS major elective requirements.
  • If you are a Supply Chain Management major the first 3 internship credits you earn will count toward a Supply Chain core requirement.
  • Students can only register for an internship during the semester that they will be working. That is, a student who registers in the fall must work in the fall; register in the spring and work in the spring; and register in the summer and work in the summer
  • Students who are gainfully employed either on a full or part time basis may not consider their employment for either an internship or co-op position. (The only students that may apply for credit with an existing full-time position are Supply Chain students.)
  • Each internship for which you are seeking to get credit MUST be with a different employer and in a different semester

Co-Op Guidelines - Spring (January-June Timeframe) Fall (July-December Timeframe)

  • Completion of at least 60 credits towards your degree OR declared major with junior status
  • Completion of at least 12 Rutgers credits prior to starting a co-op positon
  • GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week and at least 510 total hours over the co-op period
  • Minimum duration of at least 17 continuous weeks
  • Students can only register for co-op during the session that they will be working. Spring co-ops typically occur during the January-June timeframe; Fall co-ops typically occur during the July-December timeframe
  • Six (6) credits will be awarded upon successful completion of the co-op and associated class. Three (3) of these credits will count toward a major elective credit and the remaining 3 will count towards a general elective. (Supply Chain Majors would earn 3 credits towards SCM core requirement and the other 3 would count towards a supply chain major elective.
  • Students who are gainfully employed either on a full or part time basis may not consider their employment for either an internship or co-op position. (The only students that may apply for credit with an existing full-time position are Supply Chain students.)

  • PLEASE NOTE: Students will only earn 3 credits towards a major elective one time through the internship/co-op for credit class. Students who apply to receive credit for an additional semester are eligible for general credit.

How can I apply?

To apply, go to the single sign-on link in BusinessKnight, found here: https://shibboleth-businessknight-csm.symplicity.com/sso/

To fill out the RBS Internship/Co-op for credit application, click on Experiential Learning Tab on the left side navigation bar on BusinessKnight. Click on the “Add New Experience.”

Application must be submitted by the appropriate deadline (see the deadline due dates below).  

  • Once the student completes the electronic application on BusinessKnight The Office of Career Management will review it. If it is rejected you will receive an email from BusinessKngight with the reasoning. If approved it will then be sent to the employer to approve.
  • Once approved by both the Office of Career Management and the student’s employer the student will receive a confirmation email with the Special Permission Number and instructions of how to register for the class.

What are the deadlines to apply?

You must complete and submit the electronic application via BusinessKnight by 4:00 PM on the following dates:

  • FALL 2020: Friday, September 4th
  • SPRING 2021: Friday, January 22nd
  • SUMMER 2021: Friday, June 1st

Do I have to earn credit for my internship or Co-op?

No, earning academic credit is optional. However, some companies/organizations may require students to earn academic credit for participation in their internship or co-op.

Is there a limit on the number of total credits one is allowed to get for multiple internships or co-ops?

Students are eligible to pursue up to 9 general elective credits for internships and co-ops approved by RBS-Newark. Please note that students are only able to get credit once with the same employer in the same position.

How do I pay for the course?

You pay for the course as you would with any other academic course. If you are a full-time student, the course is covered under full-time tuition.

However, in the summer, you must pay for the course separately through Summer Session. Please visit the Rutgers Newark Summer Session website for current tuition and fees.

What are the class assignments?

Monthly and final reports are required. In addition the student must write a thank you letter, and the student’s supervisor must complete a performance evaluation, and a timesheet matrix to confirm the students hours worked. Specific instructions will be provided on Canvas by the course instructor.

I am an international student, am I eligible to apply for an internship or Co-Op?

International students must receive additional employment authorization from Rutgers Newark Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) before beginning any paid or unpaid internship/co-op. Please visit their website on Curricular Practical Training for more details on working off-campus and contact oiss@newark.rutgers.edu if you have any questions. Please attach all portions of the CPT application to your internship/co-op for credit application in BusinessKnight.

Which positions do NOT qualify for internship/co-op for credit?

*The following are not recognized as internships/co-ops:

  • Volunteer positions.
  • Positions involving payment for participation as a research subject
  • Positions performed in private homes, including but not limited to childcare, gardening, housekeeping, and respite care
  • Camp counselor positions
  • Multi-level marketing opportunities
  • Positions that require any investment by the student, for instance, having to purchase equipment or products in order to earn a wage or paying for necessary training
  • Ongoing part-time or full-time jobs that do not relate to the student’s career goals
  • Positions in organizations that have been established for less than six months
  • Positions that are supervised by other interns or peers, rather than a full-time employee
  • Unpaid positions that require a schedule of 30+ hours a week for at least 20 weeks
  • Positions where family members are supervisors as that is a conflict of interest
  • Email/organization contact must have an email with the company domain

*This list is subject to change at the discretion of RBS Office of Career Management

Questions? Please contact

Ms. Sarah Kosakowski
Career Management Specialist
Office of Career Management
skosakowski@business.rutgers.edu
973-353-3587