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FAQs

1. How do I post an internship opportunity?

All internship opportunities for the UB School of Management are posted in our BizLink recruiting system. Recruiting for internships begins during the semester before the intended start date. Students apply as per your instructions.

New Employers
Register with our program through BizLink as your first step. After your request is approved, an email notification will be sent to you containing login information.

Current Employers
Simply log in to BizLink and click on "Jobs/Internships," then "Add New." Complete the form and click "submit." Post internship positions within specified dates.

Internship Recruiting Dates

Fall Spring Summer

Recruiting window:
July 1–Sept. 1

Interns start late

August – early September

Recruiting window:
Oct. 1 –Dec. 1

Interns start mid-January

 

Recruiting window:
Feb. 1–June 1

Interns start late

May – early June

 

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2. What is the average pay for interns?

Rates for undergraduate students range from $10 to $15 per hour, and for graduate students, $15 to $35 per hour.

A paid intern can be added to your payroll as a temporary employee; or you could consider contracting with a third party to pay your intern. Our students are allowed to earn academic credit while earning money. 

Unpaid interns must earn academic credit, connecting your internship to our academic curriculum.

If you absolutely cannot pay your intern, consider the following incentives:

  • Full or partial tuition reimbursement for summer internships
  • Reimbursement or assistance with transportation, parking, housing, meals
  • Paid membership in a relevant professional organization
  • Paid training and testing fees resulting in certification
  • Name recognition (research, presentations, publications, awards, patents)
  • Internal and external networking opportunities

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3. What are my responsibilities as an intern supervisor?

We expect an internship supervisor to provide high-quality project work, to be actively engaged in the intern's learning process through consistent guidance and feedback, to establish a comfortable work environment, and to introduce the student intern to the larger organizational structure. 

Logistics:

  • Avoid start-date delays. Submit our required paperwork in a timely fashion to expedite your intern's registration processing.
  • Create an on-boarding and training process. Give your intern an official title.
  • Contact us immediately with any questions or significant changes to the internship (new supervisor, change of plans, student is working faster than you expected, behavioral issues, and just about anything else of which we can be of assistance).
  • Complete our online evaluation at the end of the internship.

qualified supervisor profile includes:

  • Experience and in-depth knowledge corresponding with the internship
  • Sensitivity to the educational component and needs of the intern
  • Willingness to spend time with the intern on a regular basis
  • Awareness of the importance of professional behavior

4. What are the legal issues involved with internships?

For answers to common legal questions, including information on Department of Labor standards, visit the Legal Issues section of our website.

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5. What kinds of projects do interns expect?

Students expect internship projects that are relevant to their concentration area, challenging, well-planned, visible to the organization and supervised by a professional who is ready to make time in his/her schedule to share industry expertise. Students want internships that will build their skill set as well as their résumé. For detailed information and sample descriptions, visit our Sample Internships page.

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6. If I post an opportunity, am I guaranteed to receive an intern?

There is no guarantee. Attract strong candidates with these strategies:

  • Pay your interns. The most competitive and challenging internship opportunities provided by top organizations are paid. This is especially crucial during the summer semester when students are charged tuition to complete a credit-bearing internship.
  • Post your internship description early. Students start their internship search several months before each semester begins. Access our Timelines and Deadlines page for more information.
  • Develop an interesting, real-world internship project that conveys value to the student and to your organization. Students are attracted to résumé building internships.

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7. What are the academic requirements placed on your students?

Students applying for internship positions posted through BizLink have been prescreened for academic performance. 

  • Undergraduate students: may hold sophomore, junior or senior status and carry a 2.5 minimum GPA. Most undergraduate students complete internships during the summer between junior and senior year.
  • MBA students: 3.0 minimum GPA. MBA students must have completed the first two semesters of their program before participating in internships.

During the internship, students are required to submit assignments as outlined on our syllabus, submitted through BizLink and password protected. Only our director and assistant review these assignments. Students have an option to conduct a presentation in exchange for writing a final paper during our Internship Showcase. Superviors are welcome to attend.

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8. How do I accept an international student for an internship?

International students bring global perspectives and talent to your organization. We make it very easy for you to accept an international student as an intern, by facilitating work authorization, called Curricular Practical Training (referred to as CPT) at no cost to you.

As part of this process, we ask you to generate an official offer letter to accompany our Management by Objectives (MBO) learning agreement.

Once fully authorized, international students must adhere to certain dates of employment (similar to regular semester dates) and usually can begin working within five to seven days of our CPT request. During fall and spring semesters, international students may not exceed 20 hours per week of work, and during summers can work a maximum of 40 hours per week.

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9. How do I invite my intern back for another semester?

As long as the second internship semester differs from the first, or is a necessary continuation of a project, we are more than happy to facilitate. The second semester will be treated as a new internship and you will be required to sign a second Management by Objectives contract and, if necessary, produce a second offer letter.

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10. How do I direct a student to set up academic credit for my internship?

If you have not posted your opportunity in BizLink but instead have connected with your intern through a mutual contact, job fair or other means, simply direct them to mgt-internships@buffalo.edu.

You will be asked to provide a detailed internship description as a first step. Our Internship Description Guide [PDF] will help. Our staff will set up an account for you in our online recruitment system called BizLink, or you are welcome to register on your own.

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