University internships benefit students and employers: Part 1

Students and employers may find mutual benefits through a variety of college internships widely available today.

College internships provide an opportunity for students to participate in a supervised learning experience in a real business setting. Internships are available in a variety of operations such as businesses, non-profit organizations, government and education. They may be full-time, part-time, paid or unpaid. A formal internship will usually involve agreements between the employer and university or college and provide academic credit upon successful completion.

“Career-based internships are invaluable to both students, employers and even faculty,” according to Luke Reese, Associate Professor at Michigan State University. “For students, internships are a way to test and develop a career-based network and to discover if they are headed in the right professional direction. For employers, internships are a way of developing their employee pipeline while getting short term projects staffed and completed. In addition, internships can be used as a test of potential future employee compatibility which has a time limit and limited financial obligation. For faculty, interns return to the classroom better prepared for study as they have knowledge of real-world applications and how academic preparations apply.” 

A 2008 internship experience with Michigan Works! Berrien Cass Van Buren eventually lead Michigan State University Business Administration graduate, Dan Peat, to a career within the organization, including being the point person for the new Intern to Work Program. Peat worked in Chicago for several years following his post-graduate internship. “Though I didn’t end up hiring on right away, the experience made me buy into the mission of the organization, and I never forgot that,” said Peat.

For information about internships, contact Jill Cords, Career Services Specialist, at Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)[/email], or visit, a comprehensive resource for employers and students.

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