Frequently Asked Questions

Internship Questions Related to COVID-19

 

1. Can I still schedule a counseling appointment to discuss my internship search?

2. How can I search for summer internships during this time?

3. Can I participate in a virtual internship?

4. What do I do if my summer internship plans fell through?

1. Can I still schedule a counseling appointment to discuss my internship search?

Yes! We are working remotely and available to help with any internship needs you may have. You can continue to schedule student appointments in BizLink and expect to receive telephone, Zoom or WebEx instructions from your advisor prior to your appointment. You can also send an email to mgt-internships@buffalo.edu with any internship related questions you have.

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2. How can I search for summer internships during this time?

• We are actively communicating with employers and soliciting internship postings. Many employers are recruiting interns for remote/virtual internships, so please do not assume that everyone is cancelling their programs.

BizLink – Log in frequently to review internship postings. Set up your personalized Job Search Agent to receive automatic emails about opportunities that meet your search criteria.

• Virtual employer information sessions are being held and typically conducted via Zoom. Check BizLink for a list of sessions.

• Use Bullseye Powered by Handshake, company websites, Indeed, Glassdoor and the IEL Links Page to search for internships.

• Be sure your LinkedIn and Career Connector Network profiles are up to date. Now more than ever, people are connecting virtually. Use this to your advantage and seek out people with whom you would like to build a professional relationship and learn from.

• Remember, mindset matters. We know this is a challenging time and there is a lot of uncertainty. Practice patience and understanding over changing circumstances. Be responsive, agile and persistent. We are here to help and committed to assisting you with your internship search.

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3. Can I participate in a virtual internship?

Yes, given the current circumstances we are accepting virtual internship postings and allowing students to participate in virtual internships. These opportunities still need to meet our standards for academic integrity and quality.

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4. What do I do if my summer internship plans fell through?

Ask your intended supervisor if there is a possibility to work remotely. If this is not an option, continue your search using the resources the Career Resource Center has provided. We also encourage you to make an appointment with a CRC advisor via BizLink to discuss your search and explore alternate options.

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General Internship Questions

1. How do I become eligible to apply to internships in BizLink?

  • Access to internship postings in BizLink is based on academic performance. As soon as grades become available, GPA's are uploaded into BizLink and access to internship postings is either confirmed or denied. Undergraduates must carry a minimum 2.5 GPA and graduates, a 3.0 GPA to be eligible to apply to internships posted in BizLink. See Earn Credit for more information. 

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2. Can I earn credit for an internship I find on my own?

  • There is a very good chance your internship will qualify for academic credit, but we need to review a detailed description first.*
  • Present the internship description to our staff for evaluation. You may choose to refer your supervisor to our director. Internship descriptions must follow the format outlined in our Internship Description Guide.

*We retain the right to reject an internship site or experience when the internship does not meet our standards of academic integrity or poses an unsafe or unethical work environment.

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3. Can I get paid during a credit-bearing internship?

  • Yes, if your employer has created a paid internship for which you are also earning academic credit, we allow both. Some employers are under the impression this is not allowed. You may need to refer them to us for assistance. 
  • We encourage employers to pay although we cannot require it. We suggest an average pay for undergraduates as $12-$15 per hour, and for graduate students, $15-$35 per hour. 
  • Interns cannot be paid less than minimum wage per hour (current minimum wage in NYS is $10.40 per hour). Consult the DOL website for more information. 

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4. How is my internship registered for credit?

We complete academic registration for approved internships. After you accept an internship offer, follow these steps:

  1. Log into BizLink and click "Report My Internship" from your home page. Complete the Internship Main Form for our review.
  2. If you found an internship on your own, obtain a detailed description from your employer. Provide them with the Internship Description Guide for assistance. Then, follow step 1.
  3. After your internship has been approved, we will email your employer and instruct them to complete the Management by Objectives (MBO) agreement. You will be copied on this email. International students have additional requirements. Both you and your supervisor are required to read and sign the MBO. Keep a copy for your records.
  4. Submit the completed MBO to our office by email, fax or hand delivery. If your supervisor sends us the MBO without your signature, that's fine. We will let you know when it has arrived and ask you to stop by our office to sign.
  5. We complete the academic registration for you. The course will appear on your UBLearns account; MG_ 496 for undergraduate students and MG_ 648 for graduate students (registrations will correspond with your internship focus or concentration).

Credit limits for internship participation

  • Undergraduate students may only exceed 18 credit hours in a given semester for a credit-bearing internship if an override is granted. A review of GPA and current course load is necessary before a decision can be made. There is no guarantee the request will be approved.
  • MBA and MS students are rarely, if ever, permitted to exceed 18 credit hours during a semester to participate in an internship.
  • Students must be registered in the same semester as the internship participation.

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5. If I complete a summer credit-bearing internship, do I pay summer tuition?

  • Yes, a credit-bearing internship is linked to actual academic credits. You must pay tuition upon the semester of enrollment. This is the case for any course taken within the SUNY system. Current tuition rates can be found on the Student Accounts website.

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6. Can I complete more than one credit-bearing internship?

  • Undergraduate students are allowed to apply a maximum of six credits (two internships) toward the total number of credits needed to graduate. HR internships can be counted directly toward the concentration area; all other internship registrations are considered elective credit.
  • Graduate students are allowed a maximum of three credits (one internship) to count toward the total number of hours needed to graduate. Any other internship credits will be considered above and beyond what is necessary.
  • Students in F-1 visa status in the UB School of Management are permitted a second internship/second CPT under special circumstances. If continuation of a work project is requested by the employer for a second semester, a new internship description must be submitted and reviewed by staff for approval. 
  • Students may participate in only one credit-bearing internship at a time.

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7. Can I earn credit for a past internship?

  • There is no retroactive credit granted for past internships.

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8. Can I receive an internship requirement waiver? (MBA students only)

  • Full-time MBA students are required to complete one credit-bearing internship before graduation. A waiver may be granted if you already possess one year of post-bachelor, full-time professional experience in a relevant setting. This experience must be at a managerial or leadership level within the organization and must involve management level activities. All facets of this requirement are reviewed by IEL staff after you have submitted your résumé to the Career Resource Center and made any suggested revisions. Waiver decisions are usually communicated in October of each year.
  • Students waived from the internship requirement are still responsible for the three academic credits that would have been earned through the internship; and will need to register in another course. Students are allowed to "void" their waivers if and when an actual internship offer has been accepted.

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9. What if something goes wrong or I have a problem during my internship?

  • Please contact the internship team to schedule an appointment. Often, with a bit of coaching, you are able to manage the problem or open up more productive lines of communication with your supervisor. Only when we feel there is dire need would we intervene for you, and your concerns are treated with the utmost respect.
  • Students unable to complete the required amount of internship hours (minimum of 150 for all students; 300 for Prosperity Scholars) due to illness, an accident or any other issues must let us know as soon as possible after the event to discuss available options. 
  • Students who have been terminated from an internship by the employer are required to contact us immediately to discuss next steps. Failure to do so could result in severe consequences.

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10. Am I required to register my internship for credit?

  • Domestic students participating in paid internships are not required to register for credit, but have the option if desired. 
  • International students must be registered for credit to request work authorization, regardless of paid or unpaid status.  
  • Legally, for-profit companies cannot offer unpaid internships unless they are true educational experiences offered for academic credit. If you are working as an intern in a for-profit company and are not paid, you must register for academic credit. 
  • Nonprofit organizations are approved by the Department of Labor to "employ" unpaid volunteers because of the nature of their status. However, nonprofits usually prefer students to be registered for credit during unpaid internships as well.

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11. Is my student health insurance active during my internship?

  • As long as you are registered for credits through our office, you are covered under your student health insurance during your internship.