Experiential Learning & Internship

Commerce & Business Administration
Experiential Education
Course Code
COBA 4885
Semester Length
15 Weeks
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Course Description
This course provides students with the opportunity to apply their classroom learning as an intern in an actual business environment. The Experiential Learning & Internship course involves ongoing consultation between the student, the instructor, and the employment supervisor. Students interested in taking this course should visit this website: It has the most up-to-date information on the steps for getting into this course and for the timelines (NOTE: It can take more than one semester before the student can enroll in the course. Thus, connecting with the Career Centre as soon as possible is very important.)

As an intern, the student is assigned tasks and challenges appropriate to a junior employee in a studies-relevant role. The experience provides an opportunity to apply theory and knowledge in a relevant work situation, and it enables the student to integrate their knowledge with actual practice as it applies in the hosting firm. The internship experience is designed to provide the student with practical experience in solving real-world problems. This course is intended for students in selected Commerce and Business Administration programs.
Course Content
  1. In consultation with the instructor and work supervisors, students will prepare for their experiential learning in the internship, by:
  • Defining the scope of the work to be accomplished,
  • Identifying documentation needs and a means of meeting those needs, and
  • Identifying how to accomplish the learning outcomes of the course. 
  • In consultation with their instructor, and as needed, the work supervisors, students will track learning from the internship in support of the course learning outcomes.
  • Students will receive and reflect on feedback from their work supervisors and instructor on the work progress and the learning experience.
  • Students will assimilate their learning and achievement of the learning outcomes and present their learning in a final portfolio and/or presentation. 
  • **Prior to enrolling in this course, students will work with the Career Centre via the CareerHUB to do all preparatory work. Once the preparatory work is complete, students will enroll in the course, and once in the course, the above items will be addressed. 

    Learning Activities

    Students will work with the instructor and/or work supervisor to define the work project, engage in the work, and achieve the learning outcomes of the course.

    Means of Assessment

    Assessment will be in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. This is a Mastery/Non-Mastery course. To achieve a Mastery grade, the student must demonstrate mastery in the following:

    1. Pre-work preparation, documentation, and assessment,
    2. Tracking of work experience,
    3. Employer feedback and evaluation, with student follow-up on action items,
    4. Presentation and/or portfolio to summarize learning, and
    5. As needed, other activities in support of the learning objectives.


    Learning Outcomes

    The fundamental objectives of this course are to develop the capability:

    • To interpret concepts learned in commerce and business courses as they relate to the business environment.
    • To examine the workings of business situations, and to analyze the culture of the business world.
    • To evaluate jobs in industry and, through this, to align personal career goals.
    • To develop and refine skills and knowledge specific to the student’s chosen career path.
    • To work independently in a professional environment.
    Textbook Materials

    Any materials needed will be provided by the instructor.



    9 credits towards Certificate, Diploma, Post-Degree Diploma, or Post-Baccalaureate Diploma;  


    60 Credits towards a bachelors;  


    Approval of the program coordinator/department chair.

    Note: International students are required to get a Co-op Work Permit. Please enroll in the Career Centre Business Internship via CareerHUB to find out more and start the Co-op Work Permit process.


    No corequisite courses.


    No equivalent courses.

    Course Guidelines

    Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

    Course Transfers

    These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see

    Institution Transfer Details for COBA 4885
    Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU BADM 1XX (3)
    Coast Mountain College (CMTN) CMTN BADM 1XX (3)
    College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR MGMT 208 (3)
    Coquitlam College (COQU) No credit
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit
    LaSalle College Vancouver (LCV) LCV RS 299 (3)
    Northern Lights College (NLC) No credit
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) No credit
    Trinity Western University (TWU) No credit
    University Canada West (UCW) No credit
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit
    University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
    University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) No credit
    University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit
    Vancouver Community College (VCC) No credit

    Course Offerings

    Winter 2023

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    Section Notes

    COBA 4885 will meet for the first class on campus. Students who cannot meet during that time, please book a meeting with the instructor in the first week.

    The instructor needs to meet with all students in the first week to go over the academic side of the course. For any student who cannot meet during that time, they will be required to book a meeting with the instructor in the first week. Use this link:…
    The class will not be meeting each week synchronously. Students will receive weekly messages, short videos, and checklists in the course online. More information on dates, meetings, and assignments will be provided in the course.

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