Frequently Asked Questions About Internships

What is an internship?

An internship is a "carefully monitored work or service experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience.” (National Society for Experiential Education).

Why should my firm or organization sponsor an internship?

Internships are an excellent recruiting tool for businesses.

Internships help attract potential employees during their junior and senior years in college. These upper level business students welcome the challenge of applying their knowledge and skills to “real life” business problems. The interns develop a realistic expectation of the responsibilities and benefits of a full-time job at your firm. Plus, you have the opportunity to evaluate their skills in a work setting and assess whether the students would be a good “fit” with your firm.

Internships are a resource for your firm.

Interns can handle many responsibilities and tasks that will help your business operations. Consider hiring an intern for contributing to special projects for which you need temporary or additional assistance. An internship also can serve as the initial training period for students who will later join your firm as employees or associates.

Internships are valuable learning experiences for students.

Internships provide learning experiences that supplement traditional classroom learning. Through internships, students can enhance the knowledge and skills that they have developed in school. Many students also find that their coursework becomes more meaningful after they have completed an internship.

Why should my firm choose Eastern Illinois University business students as interns?

Eastern Illinois University attracts some of the most qualified students from Illinois high schools. All students complete a core of business courses through which they develop knowledge and skills common to all business areas. Students then complete a more specialized program in one of five business majors. Small classes taught by full-time faculty in a state of the art facility provide a superior learning environment for students.

The School of Business is accredited by AACSB, the International Association for Management Education. The re-accreditation in April 2000 attests to the quality of the students, faculty, and curriculum of Eastern Illinois University’s School of Business.

Should my firm pay the intern?

Most business internships provide some form of remuneration. Payment to the intern confirms the responsibilities associated with the work to be performed for your business. Although some not-for-profit organizations also sponsor paid internships, others cannot afford that luxury. Unpaid internships are more likely to be attractive to lower level students (sophomores and juniors) who have fewer internship opportunities.

Illinois businesses and organizations may qualify for a partial salary subsidy through the Illinois Work Study Grant Program. Eastern Illinois University is one of the few public universities in the state with funds from this grant program.

How can my firm become a part of EIU's School of Business internship program?

Contact the Internship Coordinator for more information.

Renee Stroud-Witt, Internship Coordinator
School of Business
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920-3099
Phone: 217-581-2623
Fax: 217-581-6642
E-mail: rstroud@eiu.edu