An internship is an on-site pre-professional experience providing exposure to careers. Internships give students the chance to identify and build skills needed in a career field of interest and gain work experience to further their job-searching efforts after graduation. An internship is not a "go-fer" position.
Internships should provide meaningful assignments, either project-based or focused on a professional job area. Clerical work should be no more than 25 percent of the job. Interns should receive regular supervision, beginning with a clear understanding of expectations, duties, and results.
Business students seek internships in many disciplines, including the following:
Management (including HR)
Merrick School of Business students gain real-world experience through our programs. They learn in a high-quality educational environment that emphasizes practical, applied-learning. Furthermore, our students benefit from the quality that an AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business) accredited school offers.
Ultimately the worksite decides if the intern is a good match with the company’s culture and if the student qualifies for the internship project offered by the worksite. The Merrick School of Business has put in place operational mechanisms that qualify or screen “for-credit” interns. These include:
9-12 semesters hours of discipline-focused coursework
Required course in personal and professional skills for business
Career Center consultations
Faculty advising and oversight of the student
Interns are required to work 120 hours to earn 3 credits toward their degree. If the student is not seeking academic credit, hours may be negotiated.
It is up to the employer to decide if students will be paid or not.
According to the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), it is important to remember that any student not paid must be part of a training program and not completing work that would be provided by a regular employee.
Students usually seek internships prior to the beginning of each semester. University of Baltimore, Merrick School of Business operates on a three-semester system: spring, summer and fall.
Employers are allowed to post paid internships any time throughout the year. Leslie Joyce, associate director of development and external relations, is available to guide you through the internship process. She is dedicated to serving employer’s needs when it comes to the internship process.
Internships vary in length, depending on the needs of the employer and the student. For-credit internships typically last at least a full semester (late August-mid December, late January-mid May, late May-mid August), however the duration of the internship may vary depending on the needs on the employer. Non-credit internships are not necessarily scheduled on a semester basis.
To post a paid or unpaid internship that require the skill and competencies of a business student, contact Charles Jennings, Assoc. Director, Career Services, he will post internship positions that are related to recruiting School of Business students. He will post the position on UB Works, a free, easy to use job listing website for employers. For more information and detailed instructions, review the download the Employer’s Guide to Internships.
We encourage you to indicate application deadlines as well as a closing date.
Make sure the intern participates in project-related work. Although most internships include administrative tasks, students are more likely to apply for and continue an internship if they engage in quality experiential learning.
Set clear expectations before the beginning of the internship.
Explain what you expect from the intern at the beginning of the internship. Clarify what learning objectives the intern wants to accomplish by the end of the internship. This decreases the chance for confusion and frustration and increases the quality of the internship for both you and the intern.
Provide consistent positive and constructive feedback and a final evaluation. In addition to serving as a valuable learning tool for students, consistent feedback will most likely increase the quality of the intern's performance. It is also a great opportunity to address the intern's questions.
Offer to write a letter of recommendation or serve as a future reference.
The Merrick School also asks that each employer sign and submit the Internship Employer Agreement Form to Lisa Park. This form outlines all expectations and can be found in the Employer Internship packet. The Merrick School of Business asks that each intern employer be available for discussion with the student’s faculty internship adviser throughout the student’s placements. At the end of the placement, we ask that all employers complete an evaluation of the student’s performance. The Intern Performance Evaluation can also be found in the employer packet.