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Student Guide to Internships


Internships have been described as the new entry level job.  They provide a valuable opportunity for students to gain professional work experience, expand their network, and learn about their own strengths and interests.  Students in the School of Business complete internships in organizations of every size; in location in Illinois, across the country, or as part of a study abroad experience; and are typically paid for their work, along with the opportunity to earn academic credit.  Students find that their business classes and involvement on campus help them develop the skills they need to succeed during an internship.  Have you considered adding an internship to your academic and career plan?


Internships provide valuable learning experiences to supplement your classroom learning. Working directly with business professionals presents a unique opportunity to enhance your business knowledge and skills. The School of Business encourages you to complete at least one internship while you are in college. Internships provide valuable benefits including:

  • You supplement your classroom learning with workplace experience.
  • You obtain hands-on experience of the responsibilities and expectations of specific jobs.
  • You gain in-depth knowledge of an organization that allows you to evaluate if it is compatible with you and your professional goals.
  • You can make networking contacts to help you in your career development.
  • You earn credentials to include on your resume.
  • You learn about your own strengths and interests to help you better plan your career.


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Working as an intern enables you to realistically evaluate a firm for full-time employment after graduation. During the internship, you will learn about a firm’s organizational culture and core values, observe how its managers operate day-to-day, and evaluate the working environment. In short, you can assess whether the firm would provide a good “fit” for your interests and abilities.

Many students complete an internship during the summer between their junior and senior years. Other students "take off" a semester to complete an internship. Still others work as interns during the academic year or even in the summer following their senior year.

You will need to plan for internships by identifying and researching companies that offer internship programs. The School of Business Student Center for Academic and Professional Development and EIU’s Career Services provide assistance and resources for securing appropriate internships whether your internship is for academic credit or not. See Resources for Finding an Internship for more information. You can earn up to 12 semester hours of academic credit at EIU for work completed during an internship: Earning Academic Credit for Your Internship. An Internship Proposal must be submitted and approved before your internship, and an Internship Portfolio is completed during your internship.

Recently, EIU business students have completed internships with the following organizations:

Ace Hardware Corporation Enterprise Rent-A-Car KPMG
Archer Daniels Midland Co. Entertainment Cruises Plante Moran
Aon Risk Solutions Fastenal Company Rust-Oleum
BKD LLP Fidelity Investments Sherwin-Williams
Botsch and Associates Four Winds Casino Resort State Farm Insurance
Caterpillar Inc. Hodgson Mill Inc. Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce John Deere UTC Aerospace Systems
Country Financial Justrite Manufacturing Walgreens
Eastern Illinois University Kemper CPA Group LLP Walmart

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