The School of Business and Management believes strongly in our students gaining applied work experiences in their desired career fields prior to graduation.
Internships provide students with the opportunity to develop marketable skills along with professional contacts while increasing their confidence and self-awareness. Internships also help further define career interests and goals. Students that obtain internships are provided with career related experience which makes them better equipped for the job market after graduation.
Initial Internship Considerations
Determine Your Desired Field
Internships occur in marketing, finance, accounting, business, and many more.
Determine Time & Place
Where geographically do you want to do the internship?
Which semester? How much time can you commit to an internship? 10 hours? 20 hours? Full-time? Often the hours on site are worked out between you and the sponsoring organization.
Paid vs. Unpaid
Some, not all, internships are paid experiences. Can you plan to take an unpaid internship for ten hours a week? A short-term sacrifice of an unpaid internship will have long lasting dividends when applying for the first permanent job upon graduation.
Credit vs. Non-Credit
Determine whether you need upper-level business credit or general elective credit, as well as your elibiligity.
Create a targeted resume and cover letter. Be aware of application deadlines.
Identify a company
Think of a company that needs extra help vs. a company that could offer you an internship.
All business majors are encouraged to complete at least one internship prior to graduation. In fact, 94% of newly hired graduates participated in an internship or co-op prior to graduation (NACE Experiential Education survey).
Business Internship Program for Academic Credit
ACC 498 and BUS 498 internship credit count as an upper-level business elective for either 3-or 6-credits. To earn 3-credits, interns work a minimum of 120 hours and to earn 6-credits, interns work a minimum of 240 hours. The internship can be completed in either semester or summer break.
ACC 498 and BUS 498 are open to all juniors and seniors majoring in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Marketing, or International Business. Students must have an overall 2.75 GPA and a 2.75 GPA in the major. Students can complete a maximum of two internship experiences for credit through the School of Business. Note, students may not use the same experience twice.
Students interested in earning ACC 498 or BUS 498 credit should complete an Internship Application and Company Sponsor Form, create or update a resume and submit all materials to the School of Business and Management office in Hartwell 119. Once you have been approved, you will be registered for ACC 498 or BUS 498.
Sample Internship Sponsors Include:
Barnes & Noble
The Bonadio Group
Butler/Till Media Services
ESL Federal Credit Union
Iberdrola Energy Products
Insero & Company
Partners & Napier
Rochester Red Wings
University of Rochester