Students

While the classroom teaches students about business; an internship puts those lessons into practice in a professional environment. Internships provide you with the opportunity to research a potential career path or industry by exploring your career interest first-hand.  With this valuable insight you can make, informed career decisions about whether a field or industry being the right fit for you.

Find out what it’s like working in an office, interacting with supervisors, co-workers, and engaging with real customers or clients. 

 

Gain Valuable Work Experience

For most job openings, applicants are expected to have a related degree and work experience. Internships help you gain this hands-on experience while still in school. This is also a great way to generate more work samples for your professional portfolio and provide real stories of accomplishments for your resume and job interviews.

 

Create Your Own Competitive Advantage

Having experience can give you the edge over many candidates that you will be competing against for a position. Completing an internship gives you more credibility to the skills and experiences you have gained and grants access to professionals whom you can use as references.

NACE Benchmarks

97 percent of responding employers plan to recruit student interns in 2014

 

Transition into a Career

An internship can also lead to a job offer. Although this is not guaranteed, companies will often use their internship program as a potential hiring pool for full-time opportunities.

NACE Benchmarks

Recruiting new hires is the primary focus of internship programs according to 77.6 percent of employers

65 percent of employers made full time offers to their interns in 2013

 

Expand Your Network

Networking is one of the best ways to land a new job and a primary way to learn about unadvertised job opportunities. While taking part in an internship, you will meet a number of professional contacts and make your name known.

 

Gain Confidence

Feeling confident about your experience and your self-image will help you when interviewing for jobs in the future.

 

Earn Academic Credit, Money or BOTH

To enroll in the Business Internship Program, the student must meet with Antonio Riggs, Student Service Coordinator, complete the required forms and meet requirements below appropriate to you academic level.

 

UNDERGRADUATE GRADUATE
  • Admission in BBA Program
  • Good academic standing 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Completed 55 academic credits
  • Admission into MBA or MSA program
  • Good Academic Standing 5.0 GPA or higher

 

Employers

Every organization, profession, and circumstance has its own individual and specific needs, yet all can benefit from the presence of an intern. Student interns can bring fresh ideas, new perspectives, enthusiasm, and an extra pair of hands to your company or office.  

 
Benefits to Employers
  • Gain cost-effective personnel - Student interns are usually compensated, but do not require expensive benefits
  • Develop qualified candidates for full-time employment
  • Utilize interns with specific skills for special projects
  • Free up current employees to take on special projects while your intern(s) handles routine responsibilities
  • Improved employee retention
  • Brand your organization as one that helps train tomorrow’s workforce
 
Internship Consideration

If you are considering an intern for your company or organization you should outline the following items:

  • Goals of your internship position
  • Funding for internship position
  • Identify personnel to act as mentor/supervisor
  • Opportunities to engage the intern in activities beyond work responsibilities
  • Evaluation of internship outcomes
 
Creating an Internship Program

By creating an internship program, you build a pipeline of qualified and talented candidates for future hiring. Partnering with the School of Management to develop a program that regularly places interns in your company to gain employer benefits listed above.

To obtain more information on setting up an effective internship program, with the School of Management contact Antonio Riggs, Student Service Coordinator, at anriggs@umflint.edu or 810.237.6680.
More information about developing and internship program is also available at: Employer Internship Toolkit.
 
Internship Resources

The School of Management hosts several events throughout the year to assist with your recruitment efforts. Major recruitment events on-campus include the School of Management, Employer Marketplace and the university wide Career Fair! But this doesn’t mean you have to wait for an event to begin recruiting.

Recruiting students is easy!!! “Get started now” by completing the steps below: 

  • Create an account or login to Career Connection
  • Post the job opportunity
  • Review resume of student applicants
 
Benefit of Using Career Connections

Market opportunities to over 18,000 registered students and alumni  

  • Student can apply using the system
  • Set-up/schedule interviews
  • Unlimited job posting ability
  • Posting are recorded and archived
  • Recycle job posting as needed
  • Free to access resumes of student and alumni
  • Direct connections with Advisors to assist in your recruitment needs

Resources

The websites below are presented as informational resources - they may be helpful in your career planning and job search process.
 

Job Search Engines

Career Builder
Careerbuilder.com is the largest online job listing site in the U.S., helping to match the right talent with the right opportunity.

Career Connection
Serves as your gateway to all UM-Flint services and activities related to careers, including workshops and events happening on and around campus.

Accounting Fly
A recruiting service that matches accounting students with firms across the country.

Indeed
Provides job seekers free access to millions of jobs from thousands of company websites and job boards. Indeed serves as the leading pay-for-performance recruitment advertising network.

Intern in Michigan
Intern in Michigan is a statewide initiative that instantly connects employers and internship seekers. Designed to spark economic growth, the system makes it more efficient for employers to recruit college talent and easier for internship seekers to launch their careers in Michigan.

Internships.com
Known as the world’s largest internship marketplace bringing students, employers, and higher education institutions together in one centralized location.

Michigan Intern Jobs
Provides job postings for local internship opportunities.

Michigan Job Network
Comprised of multiple employment Web sites focusing exclusively on local communities in the State of Michigan. We are the premier online network for Michigan jobs and careers - connecting the most progressive companies with the most qualified career-minded individuals.

Pure Michigan Talent Connect
This is an online marketplace connecting Michigan’s job seekers and employers, and serves as a central hub linking all public and private stakeholders who support Michigan’s workforce.
 

INFORMATION SOURCES for College Majors

Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Department of Labor is the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. 

Career One Stop
Source for employment information, with tools to help businesses, career professionals, job seekers, and students.

Inside Jobs
Their tools help you discover career ideas and connect with right education to realize your potential.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Their tools help you discover career ideas and connect with right education to realize your potential.

O*net
The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with occupations.

Salary.com
Salary news and advice, job links, and average salaries by occupation and location.

What Can I Do With This Major
A convenient website maintained by University of Michigan – Flint to provide information on majors, career areas, employers, and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities.
 

JOB HUNTING ASSISTANCE

Career Spot
Examples of resume's, cover letters and interviewing tips.

Quintessential Careers
Provides the content, tools, and motivation to empower people to achieve their educational goals, find their true career passion, obtain their ideal job, and be successful at their work.

Ready Prep Interview
Search for the position you are interviewing for. The questions are listed in the order of importance based on the skills and qualities need to do the job.