BBA Internship and Senior Project

Note: Business Internships and the Senior Projects are optional in the BBA Program. Students may choose, instead, to take 6 upper-level business credits towards their degree completion.

Please read through the following course descriptions and process for applying to see if any of these courses are of interest to you.

Internships

In the Internship courses, a student will gain valuable practical skills by participating in a 200-hour unpaid work experience component. This culminates with the student detailing, in a final paper, the outcome of the work performed, and the benefits achieved. Students normally participate in an internship in their final year of study. These activities provide critical learning opportunities and enable students to apply knowledge and skills gained throughout their course of study in an active business environment. While it is the responsibility of the student to secure their own sponsored position, the student will work closely with a Supervising Instructor to achieve their objectives. Students normally participate in this program in their final year of study. 

Learning Objectives

After you find a supervising instructor from the department in which your major lies (ACCT, FNCE, MARK), please work with that instructor to create a set of learning objectives and a proposed work schedule for your internship.  Then, ask them to sign off on your plan before submitting it to the applicable chair for signature.

Note: You can also find possible internships through Work Integrated Learning. Many internships set up by major companies will "hire" for internship positions a year in advance, so forward planning is necessary for some internship positions.

MGMT 499 (6 credits)

A substantial project with an approved organization. A minimum of 200 hours over a six-month period is required. Students must submit a written application to the business department chair by the end of the first week of classes. Credit will only be granted for one of MGMT 382, MGMT 482, MGMT 491 or MGMT 499 (0:0:0-200 for 30 weeks).

Prerequisite: Completion of 75 credits in a Business program and permission of department faculty Advisor.

See BBA MGMT 499 for more information.

International Business Internship – MGMT 482 (12 credits)

An international project on a full-time, paid, or unpaid basis (depending on the policy of the hosting institution), with an organization in a foreign country. Minimum 400 hours over approximately 12 weeks. Credit will only be granted for one of MGMT 382, MGMT 499 or MGMT 482 (0:0:0-400).

Prerequisite: Third year standing in the BBA program and permission from a Business faculty advisor.

Additional Notes: This is an international project on a full-time, paid, or unpaid basis (depending on the policy of the hosting institution), with an organization in a foreign country. The valuable practical skills building culminates with the student detailing, in a final paper, the outcome of the work performed, and the benefits achieved.

Meet with the BBA Advisor to discuss the possibility of a BBA MGMT 482.

Please see BBA MGMT 499, for an idea of the expected deliverables for MGMT 482.

ACCT 499 (6 credits) Accounting Internship

An unpaid internship with an approved organization. Successful students will conduct a minimum 200 hours of applied work and complete a substantial academic report. Completion is expected within a six-month period. Approved extensions not to exceed an additional six months (0:0:0-300 for 24 weeks).

Prerequisite: Completion of 75 credits in the Bachelor of Business Administration program including a minimum of nine upper level VIU Accounting credits and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 30 VIU credits completed towards the BBA program.

Meet with the BBA Advisor to discuss the possibility of a BBA ACCT 499. Please see BBA MGMT 499, for an idea of the expected deliverables for ACCT 499.

Senior Projects

Senior Projects allows the student to work in conjunction with a Supervising Instructor in performing research, collecting data, and preparing a paper on a topic of interest to the student and approved by the Supervising Instructor. The paper is expected to also include a literature review and identification of the benefits of the research and concludes with a presentation of the paper’s findings to faculty as well as other students.

MGMT 491 (6 credits)

A project for business degree students which may be taken only after consultation with the department faculty Advisor. Students must submit a written application to the departmental chair by the end of the first week of classes. MGMT 491 was formerly called MGMT 490 and MGMT 491; credit will not be granted for both courses (0:3:0 for 30 weeks).

Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum GPA of 2.67 in last full-time academic year, completion of 75 credits including at least 6 upper-level credits in the students concentration of study as well as consultation with department faculty Advisor.

See BBA MGMT 491 for more information.

ACCT 491 (6 credits) Senior Project - Accounting

Student / Faculty research in an area of mutual interest. Action includes development of the research question, literature review, performing the research and presenting the findings. Completion is expected within a six-month period. Approved extensions not to exceed an additional six months (0:0:0 -300 for 24 weeks).

Prerequisite: Completion of 75 credits in the Bachelor of Business Administration program including a minimum of nine upper level VIU Accounting credits and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 30 VIU credits completed towards the BBA program.

See BBA MGMT 491 for more information and an indication of the application process and requirements and expectations for ACCT 491.

ECON 490 (3 credits) – Special Project in Economics I 

Have an interest in an economic policy question? Have you longed to pursue research on a topic of your choice? This course allows for research and an in-depth investigation of a specific topic in economic policy to be decided upon by the student and supervising instructor. Final decision with respect to the topic rests with the instructor. Offered only in the Fall semester. Students should contact the Chair of the Economics department in the preceding Spring semester (0:3:0).

Prerequisite: Min. "C+" average in any four Economics courses 300-level and above.

See BBA MGMT 491 for more information and an indication of the application process and requirements and expectations for ECON 490.

ECON 491 (3 credits) –  Special Project in Economics II 

This course is for students who still have a thirst to do more research. If you enjoyed the taste of research you pursued in ECON 490, this course will allow you to go further. Conduct original research and an in-depth investigation of a well-defined topic in economic policy to be decided upon by the student and supervising instructor. It is likely that the investigation will be empirical in nature and will require the use of a computer statistical package with emphasis placed on the analysis of regression results. Final decision with respect to the topic rests with the instructor. Offered in the Spring semester (0:3:0).

Prerequisite: ECON 490.

How to apply for one of the above-noted courses

  1. Submit an Application Form to the BBA Academic Advisor (Sharon.Kelly@viu.ca), who will review your academic plan and eligibility.
  2. If approved, submit the Application Form and a Registration Form for Directed, Independent Studies or Senior Project to your Supervising Instructor for completion. (You need to find someone on Faculty to agree to be your Supervising Instructor). Work with your Supervising Instructor to develop either a Curriculum Plan (for Senior or Special Projects), or a Learning Objectives and Proposed Work Schedule (for Internships).
  3. Submit all signed documents to the Department Chair for signature.
  4. Finally, once approved by the Department Chair, submit the Application Form to the Dean’s Office, Room 417 or by email to Kathryn.Jepson@viu.ca, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, with all required supporting documents (see Attachments required below).

The following are attachments required to submit to the Dean, Faculty of Management:

Once the Chair signs off on your plan, please forward it along with the completed application form, and the “Directed Studies” Registration form with the applicable signatures (3 documents) to the Dean’s Office by emailing it to Kathryn Jepson with the subject: “documentation for MGMT xxx or ACCT xxx or ECON xxx”.