Real Life Experiences With Real Businesses
An internship or apprenticeship in finance is an excellent way for a student to gain practical experience in a professional, finance-related work setting. By completing an internship as part of your academic program, you are able to apply the skills learned in class to a real-life situation.
The benefits of an internship or apprenticeship are many. An internship or apprenticeship is a valuable way to gain professional experience while still benefiting from the mentoring and educational relationships available in college. They are an excellent way to introduce yourself to employers, make connections in the field, and gain valuable experience to list on your resume.
The specific requirements for your internship are outlined in the course syllabus, which serves as your course contract. In general, to be considered for credit, the internship much involve a significant learning experience in the practical application of the academic finance coursework. This learning experience should consist of no more than 10% clerical or selling/sales work and you must complete all of the requirements noted in the syllabus.
Full details of the apprenticeship or internship components can be found in the Policy and Guidelines. Please review these carefully when considering or planning for an apprenticeship or internship. Your internship will consist of several steps including:
- Policy and Guidelines
- Interim Reports
- Daily or Weekly Journal
- Supervisor Evaluation
- Final Internship Report
- Faculty Evaluation
To be eligible for a finance internship, students must first complete FIN 341 and FIN 440.
Finding an Internship
As with all business, your connections are critical and the best way to find internships is through networking. The Financial Management Association (FMA) at Western is an excellent way to connect with fellow students as well as employers in the area. Membership in the FMA provides several benefits including:
- Career and internship information
- Networking with employers
- Guest speakers
Other resources include:
Employers and Recruiting
Would you like to hire a Western Finance student for an internship or apprenticeship? Our excellent students are ready to work with you. There are several ways to get in touch with our students.
- Contact Dr. Earl Benson, the Internship Program Coordinator
- You can also get in touch with students directly through the Financial Management Association.