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Johnson Career Center|College of Business

Benefits of Internships

A Win-Win-Win Situation

The three parties involved in an internship have differing objectives and therefore, it is important to have a definition of "internship" upon which all parties can agree.  The National Association of Colleges and Employers defines an internship as: a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.  Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

Student Benefits

  • Students participating in the program are able to apply classroom and textbook theories to a "real world" setting. Students learn first-hand how to use their academic skills.
  • Students gain valuable experience in their field of endeavor for post-graduate employment opportunities.
  • Most intern positions are salaried to provide a financial incentive.
  • Students are able to establish networks in the business community and their performance can lead to long-term employment with the same company after graduation.
  • Many students are given special projects to assist the business in developing new millennium management practices. This provides the students with a sense of achievement and belonging.
  • Students may receive academic credit for the internship. Click here to read more about other students' internship experiences.

Employer Benefits

  • Employers receive a well-educated, motivated college student to assist them in the practical application of the latest business strategies and techniques.
  • Employers gain the opportunity to recruit and hire long-term, knowledgeable employees.
  • The College of Business and its students become a valuable resource for all aspects of the employer's business.
  • Our students and the Internship Program will help the employer achieve a sustainable competitive advantage.

College of Business Benefits

  • The College is able to provide a well-rounded, experienced-based education for our students.
  • Postgraduate placement rates are enhanced for our students, which may broaden networks for future graduate opportunities.
  • The College faculty actively participates in service and research for the participating business.
  • The Internship Program is a way to establish and strengthen strategic alliances and partnerships.


Learn more about how to apply for credit for an internship.

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