Lacy School Parent Resources
What We Offer
We offer a variety of services and resources to help your student be successful. Your student will work one-on-one with a career mentor to guide them through the career development process. Students complete a structured, four-year career development program called Blueprint.
Learn more about Blueprint.
How You Can Help
Encourage your student to research careers and complete personal assessments to discover more about their strengths. Combined with individual career counseling from their career mentor, your student will be able to choose a major and career.
Encourage your student to fine-tune their resume, cover letter, and interview skills so they'll be prepared to start their job search.
Encourage your student to attend career fairs and networking events. These events give students the opportunity to network with employers and possibly secure an internship.
At this point, your student has a solid basis for success. Encourage your student to keep their resume up to date, search for post-graduate positions, and continue networking.
Frequently Asked Questions
It depends. Certain employers (public accounting firms, for example) may recruit students as much as a year or more in advance. Our heaviest recruiting season is September, including for summer internships, although employers recruit year-round at on-campus career fairs and information sessions, invitational events to their offices, or via Handshake, our career management system. While we encourage students to network and explore early and often (their dream opportunity is not guaranteed to be available in a future semester), based on the internship course registration and time required to complete the minimum number of hours, here is a general guide:
- Summer internship: Hiring decisions are generally made September—April
- Fall internship: Hiring decisions are generally made May—August
- Spring internship: Hiring decisions are generally made September—December
Most students complete their first internship the summer between their junior and senior year and their second internship during their senior year.
Students must complete 60 credit hours, including at least 12 Lacy School of Business credit hours at the 300-level or above. Students must also have completed the first 300-level course in their major to complete an internship for credit.
Most business schools don't require students to complete any internships, but we know there is no greater teacher than experience. Instead of sitting in a classroom, our students gain real-life experience and form valuable networking connections. Students must complete 240 hours at an internship and a 3-credit internship course to receive credit. Grades are based on three required papers, a presentation, and the supervisor's report.