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Credit-Bearing Internship Program
Credit-Bearing Internship Program
The School of Management is a leader among other management schools in that it requires MBA students to complete a credit-bearing internship as part of the course of study. Credit-bearing internships provide students with an opportunity to spend a minimum of 150 hours applying knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-world projects within diverse professional work environments.
The summer between the first and second years of the MBA curriculum is the perfect time to engage in an internship. MS graduate programs should check within their department for specific internship policies.
The internship program operates within the Career Resource Center (CRC) and builds relationships with employers to develop relevant internship opportunities for School of Management undergraduate and graduate students. The internship program is comprised of professional staff members and a faculty advisory committee.
MBA students performing academically at a 3.0, or above, GPA are granted automatic access to the internship program after the first semester (fall semester) of the curriculum. There is no application - instead, the expectation of excellence in academic performance coupled with a strong resume that reflects skills and qualifications necessary to apply to internship postings. These internship postings are located in an on-line database called BizLink, which is shared by the CRC and the internship program. Postings reflect experiences in privately held, publicly traded, governmental and non-profit organizations.
Students conduct an internship search by browsing and applying to postings in the BizLink system but there are multiple means for securing an internship, to include: attending on-campus events, such as career fairs and employer speaking engagements, as well as networking with contacts on and off-campus. Once students interview and accept an offer, they are registered for three academic credits corresponding to the internship focus. The CBIP syllabus outlines academic assignments required for successful completion of the internship experience and each student is graded on a pass/fail basis by the internship program.
International students must obtain proper work authorization BEFORE participating in an internship and will work directly with the CBIP to initiate this process once an internship offer is accepted.
An MBA student who has one year of full-time post-bachelors managerial experience in a relevant professional environment may be waived from the internship requirement. Students will be notified of their waiver status in the fall of the first year and will have the option of accepting the waiver or completing an internship. If the student chooses to accept the waiver, they must take an additional course to replace the three credits otherwise provided by the internship. If a student does not qualify for a waiver, and does not complete an internship, then he or she will not graduate until the internship requirement is satisfied.
Each year, the CBIP honors the outstanding achievements of student interns and employers at a reception attended by the Dean, faculty, staff and employers.
Complete information regarding the program can be found on the website:
NOTE: Only one (1) three-credit internship may count toward the 60-credit graduation