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Internship Requirements & Process for Current Students

General Internship Requirements - ALL STUDENTS

Below are the requirements for all Brandeis IBS students who wish to pursue an internship for academic credit:

  • You  must be enrolled as a full-time Brandeis IBS student (for international students, you must be in compliance with F-1 or J-1 visa regulations)
  • Each internship experience must be a minimum of six weeks in length and 100 hours of work
  • You must discuss an internship with your faculty advisor, and the internship must be related to your field of study. The faculty advisor must sign both your add slip for the internship course as well as the Faculty Recommendation Form. 
  • You may enroll in 297a a maximum of one time and 297g a maximum of two times, for a total of three internship experiences. The 297a Internship course yields 2 credits, while the 297g course yields one credit. 
    • You can only receive credit for an internship during the semester in which you register for the Internship course. You cannot receive credit for an internship completed in a previous semester. IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CREDIT, YOU MUST BE REGISTERED FOR THE APPROPRIATE COURSE PRIOR TO THE ADD-DROP DATE FOR THAT SEMESTER. 
  • You must obtain an offer letter from your potential employer. Both U.S. and international students can utilize the sample offer letter found here.

Process & Specific Requirements - International Students  

Below are internship requirements and processes specific to international students at Brandeis IBS:

  • You must be enrolled full-time for two academic semesters (fall and spring) prior to beginning an internship
  • At the conclusion of the semester in which you hold your internship, you must cease work for that internship. If you wish to maintain the internship or begin a new one, you must reapply for CPT to obtain new work authorization. 
  • In the fall and spring terms, the 297a and 297g Internship course is covered by regular tuition. 
  • If you are pursuing two part-time internships, you must apply for two employment authorizations from ISSO with your academic advisor. The two internships can be covered by enrolling in only one section of 297a or 297g.
  • Doing concurrent internships in the summer will count as one of a student's three opportunities for 297a or 297g. 
  • In order to complete the internship process, you will need to deliver four documents to your academic advisor in Student Services. These include a job offer letter, completed add slip, ISSO Advisor Recommendation Form and Faculty Recommendation Form (must be filled out by both you and the faculty member, who must also sign the form). Your academic advisor will sign the forms. Once signed, your documents must be uploaded to the ISSO CPT Site (you will need to log in with your Brandeis username and password).
    • ISSO will review documentation and inform students by email once authorization is granted or if additional information is needed. You may only begin employment when you receive the appropriate form from ISSO indicated authorized dates for the internship. It may take up to two weeks for these forms to be processed. 
    • Please note: working before or after the dates indicated in your employment authorization is a serious violation of student visa status. You can find visa guidelines on the ISSO website. 

Process & Specific Requirements - U.S. Students  

Below are internship requirements and processes specific to U.S. students at Brandeis IBS:

  • If you have previous experience in Economics, Business, and/or Finance, you can participate in an internship after one semester at Brandeis IBS with the approval of the program director. 
  • To complete the internship process, you must deliver three documents to your academic advisor in Student Services. These include a job offer letter, a completed add slip, and Faculty Recommendation Form (must be filled in by both you and the faculty member, who must also sign the form). 
    • Your academic advisor will then sign your add slip. You are then able to bring that to the registrar to complete registration for the Internship class.