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The objective of the MBA internship program is
to provide practical work experience to students enrolled in the MBA
program, to allow students to apply the knowledge gained in their
undergraduate education, and to allow students to apply business
principles learned in their MBA coursework. Practical post-baccalaureate work experience
provides valuable benefits to students in their remaining MBA coursework
and in future employment.
- Every student participating in the MBA
internship program has been admitted to the MBA program with an earned
baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- Every MBA student intern will have completed, or
be currently enrolled in, a minimum of nine graduate credits in the MBA
program at Clarion University. The enhanced background and training an
MBA student brings to the internship means that employers can expect a
high standard of performance from MBA interns. It also means that
employers are expected to place MBA interns in positions that require a
bachelor’s degree as a minimum.
- MBA student interns enroll in the course,
Business Administration 699: Special Problems. This three-credit course
is taken as elective credit and requires the student to also complete a
faculty-directed research project.
- The results of the research project are later
presented to graduate faculty and other MBA students. The research
project may or may not be part of the intern’s work assignment as
determined by the employer, but is usually related to the internship
- The employer agrees to accept the MBA intern and
assign duties commensurate with the degree qualifications and training of
- Compensation to the student intern is negotiable
between the employer and intern. Clarion University does not have
compensation requirements for student interns, but most MBA interns are
compensated in an amount at least sufficient to cover the student’s
tuition and fees for the three-credit course.
- Employers are expected to provide the same
liability insurance coverage they normally provide other employees in
- While specific work hour requirements do not
apply to the graduate intern experience, employers should expect the
student intern to work a minimum of 100 hours for a three-credit
internship experience. Student interns can be employed part-time or
full-time. Summer interns typically work part-time while taking other
courses. Twenty hours per week for a five-week summer term is typical.
- The employer is expected to work with the
faculty coordinator and the student in determining an appropriate research
project. Examples of research projects would include market surveys,
financial analyses, industry studies, etc.
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