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International Student Internship Eligibility/Process

The Smeal College of Business – 

The Office of Career & Corporate Connections is here to assist you in reaching your professional goals, and we offer some guidelines to help you best take advantage of what Smeal has to offer.

  • International students are eligible to participate in SUMMER INTERNSHIPS ONLY. The exception to this is students who are in the integrated MAcc program and who enroll in BA495 to complete the REQUIRED spring semester internship.*
  • International students are REQUIRED to meet with the Office of International Students and Scholars before seeking an internship and also after obtaining the internship.  This is to ensure that all visa requirements are properly met.
  • Students MUST enroll in BA395A to earn credit for a summer internship because full-time CPT, which is not a required part of a degree program, must be credit bearing. Be sure to review the CPT eligibility requirements and steps to authorization.
  • Students are REQUIRED to have all necessary paperwork completed by the staff in the Office of International Students and Scholars in 410 Boucke Building.
  • Student failure to certify their eligibility with the Office of International Students and Scholars can result in legal issues for the student and the company, and it can result in student deportation in certain cases.
  • An internship is NOT a requirement for the curriculum of a Smeal College of Business degree program.  International students with F-1 or J-1 visas are required to be enrolled in the University with full time status (minimum of 12 credits) in the fall and spring semesters.  Because the internship is not a requirement for Smeal students, there is no exception to the visa requirements. This means that a Smeal international student CANNOT accept the following positions:
  • Fall semester internship
  • Spring semester internship*
  • Spring/Summer co-op
  • Summer/Fall co-op

*Please note, students enrolled in the integrated MAcc program are required to have a Spring internship. International students will enroll in BA495 to be able to complete an internship during the Spring semester.

It is your responsibility to speak with the Business Career Center staff if you have any questions regarding these expectations, consequences, or surrounding circumstances. We are committed to assisting all students in the pursuit of their career goals.  Contact the staff immediately if you are unsure what to do or an issue arises.

Staff Contact Information

University Office of Global Programs – International Students and Scholars
The Pennsylvania State University
410 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6348 – Fax: 814-865-3336

Smeal College of Business – Internship Office
The Pennsylvania State University
114 Business Building, University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-863-6161 – Fax: 814-863-9953