FAQs

1. How do I post an internship opportunity?

All internship opportunities for the UB School of Management are posted in our BizLink recruiting system. Recruiting for internships begins during the semester before the intended start date. Students apply as per your instructions.

New Employers
Register with our program through BizLink as your first step. After your request is approved, an email notification will be sent to you containing login information.

Current Employers
Simply log in to BizLink and click on "Jobs/Internships," then "Add New." Complete the form and click "submit." We will review and get back to you with any questions. Otherwise, your posting will be improved within 24 hours.

Internship Recruiting Dates

Fall Spring Summer
June - August     September - January                  

January - April*

*Some industries begin recruitment one full academic year before the intended start date

2. What is the average pay for interns?

Rates for undergraduate students range from $12.50 to $17 per hour, and for graduate students, $17 to $35 per hour based on functional area and industry. 

Current minimum wage in NYS is $12.50 per hour. Consult the DOL website for more information. 

Paid interns are easier to recruit than unpaid, especially during the summer months.  Paid internships convey value. Interns can be added to your payroll as temporary employees; or you could consider contracting with a third party. Our students are allowed to earn academic credit while earning money. 

Unpaid interns must earn academic credit, thereby connecting your internship to our academic curriculum.

If you absolutely cannot pay your intern, consider the following incentives:

  • Full or partial tuition payment or reimbursement for summer internship tuition
  • Financial assistance with transportation and parking
  • Free lunches and/or meal stipends
  • Paid membership in a relevant professional organization
  • Paid training and testing fees resulting in certification

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3. What are my responsibilities as an intern supervisor?

  • Mentoring and Supervision
  • Project Work
  • Feedback
  • Availability

Highly effective supervisors are actively engaged in the intern's learning experience through consistent guidance and feedback. They strive to establish a comfortable and collaborative work environment, and introduce the student intern to colleagues within the larger organizational structure. 

qualified supervisor profile includes:

  • Experience and in-depth knowledge corresponding with the internship project
  • Sensitivity to the educational and scheduling needs of the intern
  • Willingness to spend time with the intern and provide feedback on a regular basis
  • Awareness of the importance of professional behavior modeling

Managing your internship:

  • Be clear about your expectations regarding work environment - students may request virtual or hybrid formats in addition to on-site participation. Let us know if you have any questions.
  • Avoid start-date delays. Submit our required paperwork in a timely fashion to expedite your intern's registration processing.
  • Create an on-boarding and training process. Give your intern an official title.
  • Contact us immediately with any questions or significant changes to the internship (new supervisor, change of plans, student is working faster than you expected, behavioral issues, and just about anything else of which we can be of assistance).
  • Complete our online evaluation at the end of the internship.

4. What kinds of projects do interns expect?

Students expect internship projects that are relevant to their concentration area, challenging, well-planned, visible to the organization and supervised by a professional who is ready to make time in his/her schedule to share industry expertise. Students want internships that will build their skill set as well as their résumé. For detailed information and sample descriptions, visit our Sample Internships page.

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5. What academic standards are required for student interns?

Students applying for internship positions posted through BizLink have been pre-screened for academic performance. 

  • Undergraduate students: may hold sophomore, junior or senior status and carry a 2.5 minimum GPA. Most undergraduate students complete internships during the summer between junior and senior year.
  • MBA students: 3.0 minimum GPA. MBA students must have successfully completed at least one semester of their program before participating in internships.

During the internship, students are required to submit assignments as outlined on our syllabus, submitted through BizLink and password protected. Only our director and assistant review these assignments. Students have an option to conduct a presentation in exchange for writing a final paper during our Internship Showcase. Supervisors are welcome to attend.

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6. How do I offer an internship to an international student?

International students bring global perspectives and talent to your organization. We make it very easy for you to accept an international student as an intern, by facilitating work authorization, called Curricular Practical Training (referred to as CPT) at no cost to you.

As part of this process, we ask you to generate an official offer letter to accompany our Management by Objectives (MBO) learning agreement.

Once fully authorized, international students must adhere to certain dates of employment (similar to regular semester dates) and usually can begin working within five to seven days of our CPT request. During fall and spring semesters, international students may not exceed 20 hours per week of work, and during summers can work a maximum of 40 hours per week.

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7. How do I invite my intern back for another semester?

As long as the second internship semester differs from the first, or is a necessary continuation of a project, we are more than happy to facilitate. The second semester will be treated as a new internship and you will be required to sign a second Management by Objectives contract and, if necessary, produce a second offer letter.

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8. How do I request academic credit for my intern?

Credit-bearing internships are the core of our program - and the process of registration is easy. Simply direct your student to report their internship in our BizLink system, or to contact our team email at mgt-internships@buffalo.edu. You may also reach us directly by phone at 716-645-3232. 

You will be asked to provide a detailed internship description as a first step. The posting used to recruit students usually satisfies this requirement. Our Internship Description Guide will help. We encourage formal offer letters, and in some cases, they are required. 

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