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:

  • Internship dates align 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 contribute a minimum of 150 hours to the internship

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

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

Learning
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. Review our Internship Description Guide [PDF] for help with creating an effective posting.
  2. Post your internship using BizLink, our exclusive online recruiting tool. Only UB School of Management students use BizLink.
  3. Contact us at mgt-internships@buffalo.edu for assistance.

Internship Focus Areas

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

MBA
Analytics
Finance
Healthcare Management
Information Assurance
Information Systems and E-Business
International Management
Management Consulting
Marketing Management
Operations and Supply Chain Management

Dual and Collaborative Degree Programs

MS
Accounting
Financial Management
Information Systems
Operations and Supply Chain 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 in western New York for undergraduate students range from $10.40 to $15+ per hour, and for graduate students, $16 to $35 per hour, based on industry. 

If your company is unable to pay wages, consider providing alternate incentives. For example, many employers reimburse students for tuition costs associated especially with summer internships. 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)