Experiential learning opportunities
The W. A. Franke College of Business strives to provide students with real world and hands-on experiences throughout their business studies. Students can gain professional experience in problem solving, investing in the stock market, internships, job shadows, and much more. Discover the opportunities that will elevate your business studies at the FCB!
Internships and real world experience
95% of employers say they want to see real work, hands on experience in our college graduates. Nearly half of these employers said they wanted the new-grad experience to come through internships and co-op programs. If you have completed an internship you will have an edge over your classmates who have not.
Through an internship you will:
- Gain hands-on experience
- “Test drive” your new career choice
- Have the opportunity to earn college credit
- Build your resume
- Develop transferable skills
- Gain confidence
- Build your network
- Improve your time management skills
- Have the opportunity to get hired!
Many companies have strong, well-established internship programs while some have assorted positions based on their needs. An internship is an on-site work experience that will last for a summer, a semester, or even a year. The length of time will be set by the company. Internships can be paid or unpaid as well. Most of the opportunities posted by The W.A. Franke College of Business are paid.
The Career Development Office lists internship opportunities on our website, on HANDSHAKE, and through our Facebook page. As our business partners have needs we post them here. There are many additional resources on the internet to assist you in finding an internship. Our Pinterest page also has articles and information about internships. For a list of the top internship websites.
Vault is a new tool that is available to Business Students. Vault has been top ranked by the industry for the quality of their internship opportunities. Use the internship Ranking and Database to find annually-available programs in industries around the world.
Once the student has secured an internship, they can enroll in the 408 Internship for Credit course by meeting with the Career Development Office in room 108 to complete the course paperwork. Enrollment for the course takes place during regular enrollment periods each semester, and in the summer. To find out more click here. Student must take the 408 Internship for Credit course concurrent with their internship.
Student Managed Investment Fund
The SMIF was created in 2000, when a group of students was allocated $500,000 to invest at the stock exchange. Now you can take FIN 441 and FIN 442 and be part of SMIF managing a portfolio of $1.88 million.