Internships are a great way to build your resume, get hands on experience in your chosen field, and to widen your network of business contacts. All employers prefer graduates who have some real-world experience to supplement their degree, so take advantage of the internship opportunities that you hear about from the IB Programs!
More information about internships can be found at this Career Center website. Also, regularly check your Broncomail email because we send out announcements as private-sector internship opportunities become available.
Below are some annual and biannual internships open to IB Majors:
Steps to Fulfilling Your Internship Requirement
Step 1: Find your internship
Some great places to look for internships are through: BroncoJobs and the COBE website. You can also search through old internships that we have on record at this site. We try to post new internship opportunities on the IB webpage as well as send out mass emails to IB majors encouraging them to apply.
Some companies have internship positions that are already structured and well set up. However, it is a good idea to create your own “ad hoc” internship by contacting companies directly and selling them on the idea of letting you work for them as an unpaid or low-paid intern. Many companies appreciate the initiative, and you would be surprised by the opportunities that open up for you by that one simple step.
Step 2: Get your internship approved
Once you find the internship of your choice, speak with your advisor. When your advisor approves the internship and makes sure it will qualify for the IB degree, go ahead and apply.
Step 3: Visit Career Center Website to get academic credits for your internship
After being accepted for the internship position, please complete the Internship Application for Academic Credit.
Step 4: Check in with your advisor
After starting your internship, be sure to check in with your advisor for various assignment that will go along with your internships such as a write up or journal assignment. International Business students have the choice of sending weekly updates to Dr. Meredith Black or submitting a five page write-up at the end of the semester. The write-up should be a double space summary of:
- Internship details (Where did you intern, what was the structure of the internship, what were your responsibilities within that organization, and which projects you were given to work on?)
- Application of internship to studies (Did you learn something new, and how did the job tie in with something you learned in school?)
- Outcome of internship (job, preparedness for graduate school, greater understanding of the industry, and would you recommend this internship to other students?)
Write this paper in MLA format and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be as open and comprehensive as possible. Your summaries will not be shared with your internship supervisors.
Step 5: Enjoy the learning experience!
All the new tools and information you have developed from your internship can be put on your resume and help strengthen you as a candidate for a position after you have completed you degree.
Also, it is not uncommon for companies hire interns who impress them, either by their drive, enthusiasm, knowledge, or hard work. So, if you prove to them that you are an asset, they will keep you on.