Center for Business Internships
An Academic Internship
is an academic program that enables employers to use highly qualified students who are current in their career area as a part of their workforce. Internships are also referred to co-op.
Students working in positions related to their majors are supervised by a professional in their academic discipline at the employment location and by a UCM faculty member in the Center for Business Internships (CBI) who is responsible for awarding academic credit.
Employers participate in the program by:
- Identifying suitable projects and specifying required qualifications
- Assisting the student in determining and assessing internship goals
- Providing meaningful, discipline-related challenges and opportunities
- Providing feedback regarding the intern and the program
The potential employer provides a job description to the CBI. If the position includes an opportunity for a strong learning and growth experience in the student’s academic discipline, academic credit will be awarded for the work experience. The Center for Business Internships screens and refers students to employers who will make final hiring decisions.
Internships provide the employers an opportunity to observe and evaluate potential employees prior to any permanent commitment. An internships program is an excellent supplement to your recruiting programs.
Advantages for the Employer
- Access to employees who are familiar with the latest theory and practice in their career area
- Opportunity to evaluate first hand the qualifications and skills of potential employees
- Opportunity to be a partner in the preparation of future professionals in the field
- Less expensive but most effective way of recruiting quality employees
- Access to a pool of talented, highly motivated, prospective employees