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PROGRAM TIMELINE

August—November:
Company Information Nights

October—December:
Collect internship posting information; collect student resumes

November—January:
Available MBA summer internships are posted to students for review

March– April:
Interviews continue; selection continues

April:  
Confirm placements and offers; students apply for internship credit

MBA Summer Internship

Kent State University’s Office of Business Experiences is dedicated to connecting employers to our talent pipeline of emerging business leaders through our MBA summer internship program.  Students gain real-world business experience in a dynamic business environment, while employers are afforded the opportunity to gain a pragmatic and knowledgeable team member with a short-term, low risk commitment.

Our MBA students are encouraged to complete an internship during the summer between their first and second year in the program.  The summer internship allows students to build relationships with prospective employers, hone their skill set and explore new industries. During the fall semester we hold several Company Information Nights as a way for students and companies acquaint themselves with each other, as well as for companies to advertise their internship programs.

The formal MBA Summer Internship Program timeline is outlined to the right, however companies may choose to submit an  Intern Position Form at any time. 

MBA Summer Internships are:
  • Available to students who have completed 24 credit hours with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Paid at a competitive market salary for a minimum of 300 hours.  Typically internships are 40 hours per week for 10 weeks in the summer.  (We may also approve a 20 hour per week internship for 15 weeks during a regular semester).
  • Challenging, hands-on, project oriented experiences with top regional and national companies.
Participation Information for Employers

If interested contact our Business Experiences Manager, Yvette Clayton at your earliest convenience, to set up a time to talk and explore the best ways to leverage our internship program within your organization.  To assist employers with posting jobs, an Intern Position Form is available. Once the form is completed and sent back to the Business Experiences office, we will work with you to establish screening processes, schedule on-site or on-campus interview schedules and to confirm selections.

Participation Information for Students

Available internships are posted to students via the full-time MBA listserv to which all new students are added at the start of the program.  Also, postings are communicated through the professional development workshop series and from the Office of Business Experiences.

Students are also encouraged to create an account on the Kent State Experience.com job board available via http://www.kent.edu/career. This site informs students of internships posted via NEOIntern and allows for state and nationwide searches. A resume must be uploaded to complete registration. Resume critiques and mock interviews are available in the Career Services Center (261 Schwartz Center), and are highly recommended. 

The Office of Business Experiences (300E BSA) provides assistance with all internship applications.

Student Eligibility

The student must meet the criteria listed below to the satisfaction of the Director of the MBA Program in order for the internship to qualify for academic credit. Students should seek guidance from the Office of Business Experiences (300E BSA) when assistance is needed in determining GPA or curricular eligibility.

Specific requirements are as follows: 

  1. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  2. Completion of 24 credit hours of the MBA program
  3. Demonstration of the ability to work independently, and an understanding of the relevance of an internship experience

Employer Eligibility

  1. The position should be with an organization which typically hires MBA graduates into entry-level positions. That is, the responsibilities, supervision, and training provided to the intern should be comparable to that which new hires in the organization typically receive.
  2.  The employer can be either a profit or a non-profit, and must have an individual on staff who is willing to function as the intern’s supervisor and be willing to evaluate the intern's performance upon completion of the internship.
  3. The student must work a minimum of 300 hours overall, during a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks. Full-time experiences during the summer term are strongly preferred. The intern should be paid at a competitive rate, although non-profit organizations may be exempt from this requirement.
  4. The student must obtain the MBA Director’s approval prior to commencing employment,  AS NOT ALL POSITIONS WILL BE APPROVED FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT.

Applying for Course Credit

  1. THE APPLICATION:To obtain permission to register for The MBA Internship, BAD 60092, the student must submit an application to the Office of Business Experiences (room 300E BSA or electronically as a PDF attachment to businessexperiences@kent.edu) at least 15 days prior to commencing the internship.  The applications must include the following items in order to be considered complete: 1) the ‘Request for Permission to Register’ (page 5); 2) a current resume; 3) the completed ‘Prospective Internship Supervisor’s Form’; and 4) a detailed proposal (see specifics below).

    The proposal must describe:
    1. The job itself, especially any projects to be undertaken by the intern
    2. The specific conditions of the job, including the planned beginning and ending dates, the hours per week, the salary, and the reporting relationship
    3. How the position is expected to enhance the student’s career objectives.

  2. APPROVAL PROCESS: The completed application will be submitted to the Business Experiences office and subsequently forwarded to the MBA Director for review. The student will then be notified of his/her approval status via email (at the kent.edu email address).  If the internship has been approved, the student will receive notification that he/she is eligible to register for the course credits via FlashLine. The approval process can take up to two full weeks, so apply well in advance of the semester start when possible.
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