An internship (or a practicum, if you are a health care administration major) gives you hands-on experience in your chosen profession. You will learn more about your major, make important connections, and gain self-confidence. And an added bonus--you may come away with a job offer as many companies use internships to pre-screen prospective employees.
Internships come in many different formats. Your experience may be paid (with salary and benefits determined by your employer) or unpaid (if working for a non profit). You may work part-time while taking classes or full-time during the summer or academic year. You may receive university credits for your internship or elect to have it recorded on your university transcript as a non-credit learning experience. Internships taken for credit can be used to satisfy course requirements in your major.
Health care administration majors are the only students required to complete an internship/practicum in the Department of Management and Marketing. However, all other students in the department are strongly encouraged to complete at least one internship during their college career.
Students who wish to complete an internship in the Department of Management and Marketing must:
- Have at least junior standing.
- Be a declared major in the department.
- Have completed the core course(s) of their declared major.
- Have an overall GPA of at least 2.6.
What our interns do
Check out some of the things our students did while on an internship or practicum.
- New business development: Conducted feasibility studies and developed business plans for prospective businesses
- Health care administration: Learned how a health care facility operated by rotating through the organization's various departments; Developed and implemented a significant project for the facility, such as established a programs to reduce staff turnover, developed emergency operations plans, and created a program to engage dementia patients.
- Human resource management: Conducted interviews and reference checks for prospective employees; Developed salary surveys; Helped maintain the benefits program and develop the salary structure; Developed HR policy manuals; Developed employee training programs.
- Operations/supply chain management: Assisted in the development of inventory control standards; Coordinated the timely delivery of finished products to the shipping lines; Documented changes in software, systems, or procedures; Adjusted staffing in response to fluctuating throughput requirements.
- Marketing/sales: Constructed, administered, and analyzed satisfaction and opinion surveys; Developed sales presentations and proposals; Created brochures and other marketing materials; Made sales calls to clients; Created web sites and developed social media campaigns; Planned and implemented special events.
Some organizations that hire our interns
3M; ALDI; Ashley Furniture; Bethany Home, Inc.; Cascades Tissue Group; Cottingham & Butler; Cray, Inc.; CUNA Mutual; CURT Mfg; Direct Supply; Dove Healthcare; Ecolab; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Fastenal; Ferguson; Golden Living; Gold'n Plump; Graybar; Green Bay Packers; Greenheck; Graco; Harley-Davidson; HILTI; Hormel; Huebsch Services; ImageTrend; Kraft Foods; Land O'Lakes; Lands' End; Laird Plastics; Leinenkugel Brewing Co.; Liberty Mutual; Lockheed Martin; ManorCare; Mason Companies; Menards; Nestle; Northwestern Mutual; Promega; Renaissance Learning; Reynolds & Reynolds; SBC Communications Corp.; Securian Financial Group; Sentry Insurance; SGI; Sherwin-Williams Co.; State Farm Insurance; Stepan; SUPERVALU; Swiss Colonies; Target; Thomson Reuters; TTM Technologies; Uline; Uniprise; United Health; Victaulic
Sound exciting? Here is how to apply.
Complete the application form.
Documents to be attached to the eform can be found below.
- Job description
- Job offer letter
- Company agreement form
Students in the health care administration view practicum information.