About Internships

Internships offer an affordable method of recruitment and training while helping students make important decisions about careers.

How Do We Define an Internship?

Our program requirements include the following:

  • Internship dates align with our fall, spring and summer semesters
  • Internships can occur on-site, virtually, or using hybrid approach
  • Students respond best to detailed, project-focused internship descriptions
  • Employers interview and select interns based on fit with the organization
  • Interns must be supervised by an on-site mentor with relevant expertise
  • Students contribute a minimum of 150 hours to the internship

Designate a skilled mentor, with professional expertise corresponding to the internship focus, who guides the student and is consistently involved in their professional development.

Effective internships include clearly defined purpose, tangible milestones, and a level of challenge that corresponds with class level. Connect roughly 80% of the intern's time to a core project. No more than 20% of assignments should be clerical or administrative.

Internships are collaboratively experiential and must include learning objectives (i.e. by the end of the internship, what will your student intern have learned?). Students cannot be treated as consultants hired solely to provide a service to your organization.

Where to Begin

  1. Review our Internship Description Guide for help with creating an effective posting.
  2. Post your internship using BizLink, our exclusive online recruiting tool. Only UB School of Management students use BizLink.
  3. Contact us at mgt-internships@buffalo.edu for assistance.

Internship Focus Areas

Data Analytics
Financial Analysis
Financial Management
General Management
Healthcare Management
Human Resources Management
Information Assurance
Information Systems and E-Business
International Business
Management Consulting
Management Information Systems
Supply Chain Management

Pay Rates and Incentives

Paid interns feel valued by their employers, are naturally more competitive and result in greater retention in full-time positions. Management students are allowed to earn wages and academic credit simultaneously. Rates in western New York for undergraduate students typically range from $15.00 to $20 per hour, and for graduate students, $18 to $35 per hour, based on industry. 

If your company is unable to pay wages, consider providing alternate incentives. For example, many employers reimburse students for tuition costs associated especially with summer internships. Consider the following opportunities for financial support:

  • Transportation, parking, meal and/or housing assistance
  • Full or partial tuition assistance for summer internships
  • Membership in professional organizations
  • Industry conference attendance
  • Training or certifications relevant to your industry