Department Criteria for Internships

Programs that require internships:

  • Engineering
  • BFA in Graphic Design
  • BFA in Cinema and Photography
  • BA in Professional Writing
  • BA in English Studies

SBUS Academic Major Requirements (Undergraduate)

Accounting Concentration

  • Department Head Approval
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum courses in the concentration completed at RMU – One (1), has to be either ACCT3030 “Intermediate Accounting I” or ACCT 3110 “Taxes I”
  • Registration deadlines are the end of the fourth week of the fall and spring semesters and the end of the second week of the summer session.

Finance Concentration

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5.
  • Minimum Number of Credits: 72
  • These credits must be completed prior to the start of the academic internship
  • Minimum Number of Courses in Major: two (2)

Hospitality & Tourism Management Concentration

  • Minimum GPA: 2.25
  • Minimum Number of Credits: 60 Students must complete 60 credits prior to taking HTMG4903
  • Students cannot earn more than 12 internship credits
  • Any changes must be approved by the Department Head of Sports Management

Management Concentration

  • Minimum GPA: 2.25 overall
  • Minimum Number of Credits: 30
  • Completion of MGMT2000 (formerly MGMT3100) Management Theory and Practice course

Sport Management Concentration

  • Minimum GPA: 2.25
  • Minimum Number of Credits: 45
  • Minimum Number of Courses in Major: two (2)
  • Any changes must be approved by the Department Head of Sport Management

Marketing Concentration

  • The following course is required prior to the start of the academic internship: MARK 2000 - Principles of Marketing.

SIHSS Academic Major Requirements (Undergraduate & Graduate)

Competitive Intelligence Systems, Computer Information Systems, Cyber Forensics and Information Security, Information Sciences Majors

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Number of Credits: 60
  • Minimum Number of Courses in Major: three (3)
  • Undergraduate transfer students must have completed 12 credits including one 3-credit INFS course (one full-time semester) prior to applying to the program
  • Must have open electives or one INFS elective
  • Credits as additional coursework are not permitted
  • Updated job description must be provided each term if the internship covers multiple terms
  • Internships at current or past employers are not acceptable (unless a change of department and supervisor will take place; e.g. a former accountant becomes an IT tech.)
  • Deadlines for registration are February 15 (spring term), June 10 (summer term) and October 5 (fall term)

Communication and Information Systems, Competitive Intelligence Systems, Information Security & Assurance, Information Systems Management, Information Technology Project Management, Internet Information Systems Majors (Graduate Programs)

  • Student must be in good standing
  • Graduate students must have completed nine (9) credits at Robert Morris University
  • Maximum of nine (9) graduate internship credits may be earned in a 36-credit master's degree program (C.O.I.S. degree program excluded)
  • Maximum of three (3) graduate internship credits may be earned in a 30-credit master's degree program
  • Maximum of three (3) graduate internship credits may be earned by students enrolled in the Integrated BS/MS in Computing Program
  • The internship must be in-state unless with worldwide companies and/or those with a presence in the Pittsburgh area.

Communication Majors

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Number of Credits: 60
  • Undergraduate transfer students must have completed at least 12 credits at RMU prior to applying to the Academic Internship Program
  • Must have completed Communication Skills 1 through 5
  • Must have completed at least two (2) Communication Department requirements.
  • Must have completed at least one (1) course in their concentration
  • All academic Internship applications must be approved by the Internship Coordinator

English Majors

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Number of Credits: 60
  • Minimum Number of Courses in Major: three (3)
  • Must have completed a minimum of all Communication Skills classes including CSCM2040
  • The following major courses are required prior to the start of the academic internship:
  • ENGL 2540: Linguistics and
  • ENGL 3500: Study of Persuasion

Media Arts Majors

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Number of Credits prior to the beginning of the internship: 60
  • Must have completed a minimum of three Communication Skills classes
  • Must have completed the second-level course in the student's concentration
    • Graphic Design: ARTM3110 Design Studio I
    • Interaction Design: ARTM3210 HTML Toolbox
    • Photography: ARTM3300 Digital Photography
    • TV/Video Production: ARTM2430 Video Field Production
  • Undergraduate transfer students must have completed 12 credits including one 3-credit Media Arts course (one full-time semester) prior to applying to the program
  • All academic internships must have a qualified on-site supervisor (practicing experienced professional in the internship field)
  • All academic internship applications must be approved before the start date of the internship by the RMU Career Center and Media Arts Department

Internship modifications for new Majors in Arts and Humanities: 8/10/21

  • The BFAs in Graphic Design and Cinema and Photography and the BAs in English require an internship.
  • The BA in Graphic Design and BA in Cinema and Photography do NOT require an internship, but students are encouraged to complete one.

UX/UI Majors

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Number of Credits prior to the beginning of the internship: 60
  • Comm Skills 1-4 including CSCM2040
  • Undergraduate transfer students must have completed 12 credits including one 3-credit Media Arts course (one full-time semester) prior to applying to the program
  • All academic internships must have a qualified on-site supervisor (practicing experienced professional in the internship field)

Graphic Design Majors

  • Must have completed a minimum of three Communication Skills classes
  • Must have completed the second-level course(s) in the student's major
    • ARTM3110 Design Studio I
  • Undergraduate transfer students must have completed 12 credits including one 3-credit Media Arts course (one full-time semester) prior to applying to the program
  • All academic internships must have a qualified on-site supervisor (practicing experienced professional in the internship field)

Cinema and Photography Majors

  • Must have completed a minimum of three Communication Skills classes
  • Must have completed the second-level course(s) in the student's major
    • ARTM2451 Directing for the Camera
    • ARTM3300 Digital Photo
  • Undergraduate transfer students must have completed 12 credits including one 3-credit Media Arts course (one full-time semester) prior to applying to the program
  • All academic internships must have a qualified on-site supervisor (practicing experienced professional in the internship field)

Organizational Leadership Majors

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Number of Credits: 69
  • Minimum Number of RMU credits: 12
  • Must have completed the following:
    • ORGL – 12 credits in the major

Professional Communications and Information Systems Majors

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Number of Credits: 69
  • Minimum Number of RMU credits: 12
  • Must have completed the following courses and one INFS course
    • COMM2550 Interpersonal Communication
    • COMM2600 Introduction to Human Communications
    • COMM2700 Organizational Communication
  • Must have open electives or one open INFS elective
  • Credits as additional coursework are not permitted
  • Updated job description must be provided each term if the internship covers multiple terms
  • Internships at current or past employers are not acceptable (unless a change of department and supervisor will take place; e.g. a former accountant becomes an IT tech.)
  • Deadlines for registration are February 15 (spring term), June 10 (summer term) and October 5 (fall term)

The following majors should consult with their academic department for their professional experience:  Criminal Justice, Economics, History, Sociology and Political Science.

SEMS Academic Major Requirements (Undergraduate)

Actuarial Science Majors

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Number of Credits: 60 (including transferred credits)
  • Minimum Number of Courses in Major: four (4)
    • ASCI2010 Introduction to Actuarial Science
    • MATH2070 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
    • MATH2170 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
    • STAT3140 Probability/Math Statistics I
  • Students cannot earn more than six internship credits per semester and a maximum of nine credits at RMU

Mathematics Majors

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum Number of Credits: 60 (including transferred credits)
  • Minimum Number of Courses in Major: four (4)
    • MATH2070 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
    • MATH2170 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
    • MATH3090 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
    • STAT3140 Probability/Math Statistics I or
    • MATH4000 Discrete Mathematics

Engineering Majors

  • Minimum GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum number of credits: 64
  • Must have completed/transferred the following courses:
    • Calculus sequence: MATH2070, MATH2170 & MATH3090
    • Basic Engineering (at least three of the following): ENGR1010, ENGR1610, ENGR2080, ENGR2140, ENGR2160, ENGR2180
    • Programming: INFS2184 or equivalent
  • Credits: A student must earn a minimum of 3 credits (150 hours) of Engineering Practice in order to meet graduation requirements. In view of the specialized nature of engineering assignments - this may be achieved with a single internship experience or in installments as appropriate. The
  • Academic Department Head or his/her designate will make the determination.

Environmental Science

Biology Majors

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum number of credits: 64
  • Must have all introductory science courses on 1000 and 2000 levels or by Department Head recommendation

SNEHS Academic Major Requirements (Undergraduate)

The following majors should consult with their academic department for their professional experience: Education, Nursing, Psychology, and Health Services Administration.