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INT 499 – Internship Program – Students

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INT 499 – Internship in Major Field / ACC 499 – Accounting Internship is a 6-unit course (commonly referred to as the “internship program”). It is a graduation requirement for business majors, and is an elective for psychology majors.

Read the Internship Student Manual – 2021 for a complete program overview.

Below are the timelines and program details. Please note that the specific internship dates align with the Internship Seminar Course that all students participating in the program must enroll in while completing their internship.

Credit OptionsTime FrameHours on SiteAcademic Standing
6 unitsSummer280+ hours
(28+ hours per week for 10 weeks)
Rising Senior
6 unitsFall and Spring280+ hours
(12-13 hours per week for two semesters)

Upcoming Internship Cohort Dates

Joining an Internship Cohort

You can enroll in INT 499 / ACC 499 only once you have completed your junior year (typically a minimum of 80-90 units). INT 499 is offered twice per year and ACC 499 is offered once per year (see dates above).

Only accounting students who secure internships at one of these firms will join the ACC 499 cohort: Armanino, BPM, Deloitte, EY, Frank, Rimerman, KPMG, Moss Adams, PwC, RSM, Seiler, Sensiba San Filippo, Shea Labagh Dobberstein.

For more information about internships at these firms and the ACC 499 cohort, email Professor Janis Zaima (janis.zaima@menlo.edu).

To join an intern?ship cohort and fulfill the internship requirement, you must successfully complete each of the steps below.

The first step to participating in the internship program is to attend an internship information session. Sign up for one in Handshake »

Required | Pre-requisite: Attending the information session
Students who complete the information session and decide to participate in the internship program must complete the application form in order to officially join the upcoming cohort.

Required | Pre-requisite: Attending the information session
All students must schedule an individual meeting with a member of the Career Services team to review their resume, to update their Handshake profile, and to have a general discussion of each student’s goals. Schedule a kick-off meeting in Handshake »

Required | Pre-requisite: Scheduling an individual kick-off meeting
Students must have their resume approved before uploading to Handshake to ensure competitiveness. Don’t have a resume? Download the Menlo College Guide to Resumes and Cover Letters or use Menlo College’s online resume builder (powered by Indeed.com).

Required | Pre-requisite: Individual kick-off meeting
Each fall, employer volunteers come to Menlo College to conduct mock interviews with students. Students who complete steps 1-4 will be invited to complete a mock interview.

Required | Pre-requisite: Resume approval
The average student will apply to more than 100 internships before securing one. The College will not place you in an internship or assign you an internship. It is your responsibility to secure an internship.

Required | Pre-requisite: Internship offer received
When a student receives an internship offer, they must notify the Director of Internships and ask for the Internship Confirmation Form. Upon completing this form, the Director of Internships will contact the student’s supervisor to confirm the internship meets all for-credit eligibility requirements.

?10. INTERNSHIP REGISTRATION FORM (aka ZingTree questionnaire)
Required for summer cohort only
Summer Cohort: There are six (6) different ways to register for the internship program. Students must complete the Internship Registration Form and meet with their academic adviser to confirm the registration option (section and term) that is best for their situation. Students can do this step even if they have not secured their internship.

Academic Year Cohort: Students will be registered for three (3) units in the fall and three (3) units in the spring. Students participating in the AY Cohort cannot defer units.

A deferral fee will be applied if a student chooses to defer credits. This fee is non-refundable.

Required for students on F-1 visa
For students on an F-1 visa, they must request authorization for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) from a Designated School Official (DSO). To request authorization, the student must provide an internship offer letter typed on company letterhead. Students cannot begin working without authorization.

Internships can be either paid or unpaid. If the internship is paid, international students must apply for a Social Security Number.

The CPT DSO is Dylan Houle: dylan.houle@menlo.edu.

Students will be assigned a session (Session I is May to July and Session II is June to August) and a class (either a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening) based on their internship start date. Registering for the internship program is separate from being assigned a session and class.

Preparing for Your Internship

What steps are you taking to build out your resume to ensure you are competitive with your peers? Here are some points to consider:

To meet with a career adviser, schedule an appointment in Handshake »

Resources for Your Internship Search

Confirming an Internship for Academic Credit

There are many ways to find an internship, and students are encouraged to use all available resources to search for them. However, before a student can start an internship, it must first be reviewed and confirmed for academic credit by the Internships & Career Services team. Students should not accept any internship offer until it has been confirmed for credit by ICS.

To ensure that an internship is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship, Menlo College has adopted the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) criteria for a quality internship:

ICS will not approve for academic credit any internship that is:

About the Internship Seminar

The internship seminar meets weekly during the summer and bi-monthly during fall and spring semesters. The seminar will meet in the evenings to accommodate internship work schedules.

As part of the internship, you will create a Learning Plan that will help you gain knowledge and skills specific to your major, interests and internship organization. As a participant in the internship seminar, you will gain knowledge and skills that are valuable to leaders in any organizational setting. At the end of the internship experience, interns will be able to:

Internship Opportunities

Since the Internship Program’s inception in 2014, more than 800 students have completed internships at hundreds of different companies and not-for-profits, everywhere from YouTube and the Forty-Niners to the American Red Cross and the City of Menlo Park.

Visit the Menlo College alumni directory to see where our students are interning and working today.

Our Team

Dylan Houle

Kelly Davis
Assistant Director

Bianca Neme Barros
Student Employee


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