Business Internship Programs
From the inception of the Business Department internship program to today, students have been placed in over 160 internships. Typically, a student requests an internship and then is individually matched with a business or organization requesting an intern. Interns are placed based on the student’s major, and their academic performance, as well as needs within a business or organization.
Internships are not a mandatory requirement for graduation; students must earn the opportunity for an internship. Students prove themselves for an internship opportunity through taking required courses for a particular internship assignment, and especially, by the work ethic which they demonstrate in their academic work. When selected for a particular internship, students are required to provide the prospective employer with a resume and expect to be part of a competitive interviewing process.
Once starting an internship, Judson’s Business students develop on-the-job experiences that are important for them to demonstrate when applying for their job upon graduation. An internship is experiential learning, thus students learn things which cannot be taught in the classroom. Most of the internships pay well and the student may opt to use their internship for class credit as a Business Practicum in which the employer grades the student.
Upon completion, our students have excellent experience to put on their resume; and an internship frequently leads to a post-graduation job offer. In some cases, the students create a portfolio consisting of samples of work performed. When looking for a job a portfolio is an excellent complement to a resume.
Given that opportunities exist—and due to an excellent track record with previous interns—Judson has little trouble placing our students in internships. Some feedback that we commonly hear from intern employers:
“Send me more Judson students!”
“I wish our full-time employees worked as well as our Judson intern!”
“I’d give that student an A+, actually higher than that if possible!”
Judson students have interned with these businesses:
Holiday Inn—hotel management.
Gleeson, Sklar, Sawyer, and Cumpata—public accounting.
Knickerbocker Hotel—Chicago—hotel management.
Mueller & Company—public accounting.
Schaumburg Flyers—community relations.
Hewitt & Associates—human resource management.
Artistic Carton—private accounting.
Rockford Thunder (women’s professional softball)—administration.
Maranatha Bible Camp—administration.
Borhart, Spellmeyer and Company—public accounting.
See an overview of the Business Department Majors here.