Internships in the Business Program
The experiential components of the Business program are a key part of getting a degree that truly prepares you for the business world. In addition to in-class experiential learning, all Business students complete at least one professional internship where they apply what they've done on campus to a professional work environment. Employers consistently tell us that they choose to hire LTU graduates because our grads know how to work from day one and require much less on-the-job training than many other applicants. The internship course is part of the preparation that helps our Business students stand out.
Students start developing their professional "personal brand" from the beginning of the program. Working with simulated networking events, professional social networks like LinkedIn and meeting professionals in interesting careers, students get a feel for the types of careers they may wish to pursue. Students are encouraged to begin their internship search early, using resources like the LTU Management Facebook page, CareerQuest, and Intern in Michigan to identify opportunities. Academic advisors and career services professionals provide assistance along the way as needed.
The Internship Process
Q: What if I already have a job?
A: If you are already working, we encourage you to work with your supervisor to find a short-term project you can work on within your company that will allow you to apply your business skills. Maybe you can become a temporary part of the marketing team, or help your company with some market research. The goal of the internship requirement is to ensure you receive hands-on business experience -- not to create a stumbling block on the way to graduation. We work with every student to ensure the internship requirement is met with a position or project that provides valuable experience.
Q: What if I am not employed currently, but have worked in the past? Can I count my past experience twoard this internship requirement?
A: We cannot accept past experience as fulfilling the internship requirement. An important part of the internship component is reflective learning. The exercise of blogging and reflecting on your present experience is an educational experience in itself, and is not as effective when applied to things you are looking at in hindsight. There are many internship opportunities, paid and unpaid, that can allow you to enhance your past experience and keep your resume up-to-date.
Q: What if I am an international student?
A: International students studying on student visas may need to obtain approval for internship work and should work with the International Students office to complete the appropriate forms.
Q: How do I start my internship search?
A: There are a few strategies you should employ, including: