International Student Internship Information

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The Liberty University School of Business does not directly handle internships for international students. The Career Center and the International Student Center are the two departments who will direct and facilitate internships for international students by helping them apply for the BUSI 299 internship course. The following are some resources that will help international students obtain and register for the BUSI 299 internship class.  

Steps for International Students Interested in Internships

International students have the opportunity to complete internships through Liberty University as a way to obtain legal working status in the USA. This opportunity is available to all international students although some stipulations apply.* International students can complete either a 499 or 299 internship to legal receive compensation (get paid) from an employer.

499 Internship:

  • Used for all students (international and domestic) who want to do an internship for credit through Liberty University
  • Is treated as any other business class which requires students to pay tuition rates
  • Will appear on transcripts as an actual class.
  • Students will have some assignments associated with this class.
  • Pre-requisites for BUSI 499 are:
  • Junior or Senior Status
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Declared Major 

How to register for BUSI 499:

  • Find job/internship. (Use LUNetwork, professors, or via social networking)
  • Once internship is found, complete process for obtaining work authorization (this is called an I20 and allows international students to work legally)
  • Meet with the ISO (International Students Office) in DH 2003. Schedule an appointment with an International Student Advisor.
  • Sign up for the course with the School of Business to receive the Student Internship Agreement (SIA) form. Please contact the School of Business Internship Program via email (Businessintern@liberty.edu) to schedule an appointment.
  • SIA form must be signed by ISO office and CASAS
  • Once the SIA is approved, apply for the I20 (work authorization) through the ISO

299 Internship:

  • Designed for international students who DO NOT want to do a registered internship but are getting compensation (paid).
  • Used as a way to work legally in the USA
  • Students will not have to pay tuition rates because the class will not be registered.

How to register for BUSI 299:

  • Find job/internship
  • Once internship is found, complete process for obtaining work authorization (this is called an I20 and allows international students to work legally)
  • Meet with the ISO (International Students Office) in DH 2003. Schedule an appointment with an International Student Advisor. 
  • Sign up for the course with the Career Center to receive the Student Internship Agreement (SIA) form. Please contact the Career Center (careers@liberty.edu) to schedule an appointment.
  • Get SIA form signed by ISO office and CASASOnce the SIA is approved, apply for the I20 (work authorization)

Additional Information which applies to all International students doing an internship

  • Students can only work 20 hours for the Spring or Fall Semesters.
  • Summer and Winter breaks can work Full-Time (more than 20 hours)
  • CPTs need to be completed for paid internships which can only be completed after having completed 2 semesters.
  • Unpaid internships do not need to fill out anything to complete their internship
  • Must have internship related to major or the internship will be denied

Career Center

The Career Center offers several resources for students to help facilitate internship opportunities. These resources are free and available to all Liberty Students. Please allow for a 24-48 hour turn-around time when submitting resumes for critiquing. The LUNetwork provides students with hundreds of available job openings that are continually updated. These job positions vary in position, field of expertise, location and compensation. The Career Center also makes available its career counseling services to all students. Students can make an appointment for a one-on-one appointment or an appointment via phone at a time that is convenient for the student.