DSBA Internship

Capstone Project/Internship Courses: Class Registration

Registration for the Internship course is different from any of your previous classes in that you need an approved proposal prior to receiving authorization. Students are expected to research and secure an appropriate project. Once they have an offer in hand, they will need to identify a mentor and develop a project proposal.

DSBA 6400: Internship Project (3) Prerequisite: Enrollment in MS in Data Science and Business Analytics. Complete an individual or team-based project that is originated from a related organization and approved by the department. (Fall, Spring, or Summer)

Internship Requirements

Before entering into an internship for credit, students must have completed a minimum of 21 hours of graduate coursework in the Data Science and Business Analytics program. Successful projects must have a documented minimum of 160 contact hours.

Students who are planning to take the Internship Project and are searching for additional information should refer to the following Zoom recording of the Summer Internship Panel Seminar from September 18, 2023.


Students who have secured an internship placement must first fill out the Internship Proposal and Mentor Contact Form. Submitted proposals will be reviewed weekly by the Faculty Directors. Students will be contacted if additional information is needed. The Director of Student Services will issue authorization to register for DSBA 6400 if and when the proposal is approved.

Detailed information can be found in the course syllabus. Students are responsible for setting up a schedule for regular communication with the faculty director. Once registered, all submissions will be through the course Canvas site. All documents must be submitted and uploaded as PDFs to the Canvas site. Upon completion of the internship, the student is responsible for a report and a final presentation, open to all members of the program to attend.

Placement sites may require certain documentation and training before students are placed. Some of the agencies may process this paperwork in-house and some may require that potential interns collect this information and have it ready to present prior to placement. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of links for some of the common requests. There are fees associated with several of these tests and background checks. Fees are the responsibility of the individual student. Please check with your preceptor about the procedures and requirements for their agency. Please note that you are responsible for keeping these results to prove your compliance with the agency’s policies. The program will not keep any reports or records related to these tests.

Please fill out the Internship Proposal below. Choose the semester in which you are planning to take the internship.

Criminal Background Checks

Some placement sites may require that you submit a criminal background check through the University. UNC Charlotte has contracted with Certiphi Screening, Inc. to conduct background checks. No other agency will be accepted. To secure a report you will need to contact the Director of Student Services. You must supply the following information:

  • First and Last Name
  • Last 4 digits of UNC Charlotte student #
  • Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY)
  • UNC Charlotte Email

Once the information has been provided it will be submitted to Certiphi. They will contact you via email with a link to their Application Station website. The completed report will be emailed to you.

If you are an international student who has lived in the US for less than 6 years, you may need to pay an additional fee to obtain a Police Clearance Certificate. Please contact your consulate to get instructions on the process and fees. Note, this process should be initiated at least 3 months prior to your practicum/internship.

Liability Insurance

Proliability offers the next day, annual Liability Insurance that can be tailored for students.

Drug Testing

There are several sites in the area that, such as Presbyterian Urgent Care or Presbyterian Medical Plaza Family Physicians, will provide drug screening, many require appointments


Several agencies require documentation of immunizations(TB, Mumps, Rubella, Rubeola, HBV, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Flu, etc.) prior to starting the internship. Please consult with the individual HR departments for specific requirements.