About Internships

Internships offer an affordable method of recruitment and training while helping students make important decisions about careers.

How Do We Define an Internship?

Our program requirements include the following:

  • Internships run throughout fall, spring and summer semesters
  • Students respond best to detailed, project-focused internship descriptions
  • Employers interview and select interns based on fit with the organization
  • Interns must be supervised by an on-site mentor with relevant expertise
  • Students contribute a minimum of 150 hours to the internship

Designate a skilled supervisor, with professional expertise corresponding to the internship focus, who guides the student and is consistently involved in their professional development.

Your internship includes clearly defined goals with tangible milestones and an appropriate level of challenge that corresponds with their class level. Roughly 80 percent of the intern's time should be connected to the main project. No more than 20 percent of the intern’s assignments can be clerical.

Internships are primarily offered as learning experiences and must include learning objectives (i.e. by the end of the internship, what will your student intern have learned?). Students cannot be treated as consultants hired solely to provide a service to your organization.

Where to Begin

  1. Post your internship: If you feel your internship already meets our criteria, register using BizLink, our exclusive online recruiting tool. You will have the opportunity to post your position at that time. Only UB School of Management students use BizLink.
  2. Submit your posting for review: Complete and send us the Internship Description Guide [PDF] so that we may assist you.
  3. Ask for help: Contact us at mgt-internships@buffalo.edu for assistance.

Internship Concentration Areas

Accounting (BS degree program)
Financial Analysis
General Management
Human Resources Management
International Business
Information Systems
Operations and Supply Chains Management

Healthcare Management
Information Assurance
Information Systems and E-Business
International Management
Management Consulting
Marketing Management
Supply Chains and Operations

Financial Management
Information Systems
Supply Chains and Operations Management

Pay Rates and Incentives

Paid interns feel valued by their employers, are naturally more competitive and result in greater retention in full-time positions. Rates for undergraduate students range from $12 to $15 per hour, and for graduate students, $15 to $35 per hour.

If your company is unable to pay wages, consider providing alternate incentives. For example, many employers reimburse students for transportation or other costs associated with the internship. Consider the following opportunities:

  • Transportation, parking, meal and/or housing assistance
  • Full or partial tuition assistance for summer internships
  • Membership in professional organizations, training or certifications relevant to your industry
  • Opportunities for name recognition (internal awards, patent teams, publications, research)
  • Internal networking opportunities (meeting with key individuals within your organization)
  • External networking opportunities (industry conference or organizational meeting attendance)