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About Internships

Think of an internship as an experiential exchange between talented students who want to learn about careers and your organization, looking for new ideas and fresh energy. 

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

Our guidelines include the following:

  • Internships run concurrent with our 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 will contribute a minimum of 150 hours to the internship

How Do We Define an Internship?

All internships offered to UB students must meet the following criteria:

You provide 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 to apply classroom theory to real-world issues. Roughly 80 percent of the intern's time should be connected to an actual real-world project. No more than 20 percent of the intern’s work 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.

How Does NACE Define an Internship?

NACE is the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Review this timely Position Statement on U.S. Internships for information regarding unpaid internships, Department of Labor guidelines and easy-to-follow criteria for building your internship program.

Where to Begin

  1. Post your internship: If you feel your internship already meets our criteria, register using BizLink. You will have the opportunity to post your position at that time. BizLink is an exclusive recruiting tool shared by the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning and the Career Resource Center. 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 or 716-645-3233 to discuss your needs.

Internship Concentration Areas

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

Global Services and Supply Management
Information Assurance
Information Systems and E-Business
International Management
Management Consulting
Marketing Management
Supply Chains and Operations
Management Workforce Management (HR)

Financial Management
Information Systems
Supply Chains and Operations Management

Pay Rates and Incentives

We live in a competitive world, even with respect to attracting qualified student interns. 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 $25 per hour.

If your company is unable to pay wages, you may consider providing alternative incentives to attract talented students. For example, many employers reimburse students for transportation or other costs associated with the internship. Alternative incentives may include the following:

  • Full or partial tuition funding (especially helpful during summer internships)
  • Paid one-year membership in a relevant professional organization
  • Paid training and testing fees leading to relevant certification
  • Internal networking opportunities (meeting with key individuals within organization)
  • External networking opportunities (industry conference or organizational meeting attendance)
  • Selection for highly visible projects with potential for presentation or publishing opportunities
  • Opportunities for name recognition (internal awards, patent teams)
  • Transportation, parking and/or meal stipend
  • Housing assistance


We do not encourage or support the notion of stipends for interns unless performance measures are approved through your HR department and clearly detailed to the student at the beginning of the internship. Stipends cannot be offered on a simple "based on performance" statement. If your company prefers to offer a stipend, it must be calculated to at least match minimum wage per hour worked. You may not legally fall below minimum wage per hour even in the case of a stipend. Most stipends are offered at a much higher rate.