The Office of Internships and Experiential
Learning staff completes academic registrations for
approved students within university drop/add deadlines.
Earning academic credit for an internship involves an overall
process that includes the following components.
Once you have secured an internship offer, your first step is to
tell us about it. A detailed internship description must be
submitted for our review to determine credit eligibility.
step-by-step guide [PDF]
- Log in to BizLink, click "Report My Internship" from your list
of shortcuts, complete and save the Main Form.
- Our staff will review all internship reports for
- Once approved, we will email your employer and instruct them to
complete the Management by Objectives (MBO) contract. You will
be copied on that email.
- Coordinate with your employer, as you and the employer are both
required to read, complete and sign the MBO.
- Submit the completed MBO to our office. International
students must also submit an offer letter (see below).
- We complete your course registration for three academic
credits. The course will appear on your UBLearns account, but keep
in mind that you will submit all internship
assignments through BizLink.
Frequently Asked Questions
I found my internship using a resource outside of BizLink, what's my next step?
- Obtain a detailed description of the internship position from
the employer. Provide them with the Internship
Description Guide [PDF] for assistance. Use the information
entered into the Internship Description Guide to help you
report your internship in BizLink.
If I complete a summer credit-bearing internship, do I pay summer tuition?
- Yes, a credit-bearing internship is linked to actual academic
credits. You must pay tuition upon the semester of enrollment. This
is the case for any course taken within the SUNY system. Current
tuition rates can be found on the Student Accounts website.
Are there academic assignments during my internship?
- Yes, you are required to complete assignments as outlined on
our syllabus, which is located in UBLearns, BizLink and on
We also send the syllabus via email to all interns after
registrations are complete.
Am I legally required to register my internship for credit?
- Legally, for-profit companies cannot offer unpaid internships
unless they are recognized by the university as connected to the
academic curriculum. If you are working as an intern in a
for-profit company and are not paid or registered for credit, the
employer is violating U.S. Department of Labor regulations.
Nonprofit organizations often prefer students to be registered
for credit during internships as well.
Is my student health insurance active during my internship?
- As long as you are registered for our credits, you are covered
under your student health insurance during your internship.
Can I exceed 18 credit hours to add an internship to my courseload?
- An undergraduate internship registration that will cause you to
exceed 18 credit hours requires an override on your HUB account.
Please bring this issue to our attention before we attempt to
complete your registration. Overrides are granted only after the
undergraduate office has reviewed your academic performance and
communicated their decision to us.
- An MBA student is not usually eligible to participate in a
credit-bearing internship if doing so will cause his or her total
credits for the semester to exceed 18. Contact us for